- File Size: 319 KB
- Print Length: 73 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Vagabondage Press LLC (February 12, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 12, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0078TEAPW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,390,905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Cat and the Dreamer Kindle Edition
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Julia is a very sad and shy narrator, reflecting often on her friend's suicide. Her narration is poignant and heartbreaking, with lots of beautiful imagery on every page. There was some initial confusion as italicized passages were introduced into the story, but I soon learned that the use of italics signified a slip into Julia's imagination and daydreams. Some of these scenes are horrific, detailed accounts of Julia's daydreams of death (the bus-kidnapping scene on page 5 is eerie). These are some of the most well-written passages in the novella.
I found at least one moment on inconsistency in the use of italics, on page 15 of my PDF copy. A scene between Julia and Adam, the charming man who starts working at her office, begins in italics. It is clearly dream-like and sweet (big fireplace, soaked clothing, flirtatious banter). There is an abrupt shift away from italicized font in the beginning of a new paragraph, although it is clearly the same scene. This confused me, because I am certain at this point in the narrative that the scene did not take place.
Julia makes frequent use of "you" in her narration, speaking to someone who I could infer to be Cat, her overbearing, (pardon the pun) catty co-worker. Although Cat, throughout the storyline, throws herself into the middle of situations and attempts to make Julia's life very inconvenient, I wondered why there was so much importance being placed on her. Julia, in other italicized scenes, speaks to Rachel. I found those addresses to be much more intriguing, as the guilt of Rachel's death adds a weight to the scene that the scenes with Cat do not have. While I felt some understanding at the end (the last few pages brought tears to my eyes), I was curious about this throughout the course of the story.
This novella is beautifully-written and moving. It caused me to meditate on my own situations and examine details more closely. Having the reader's knowledge of Julia's secret suffering made the happiest scenes (particularly the domestic scenes between Julia and Adam) particularly agonizing. At 73 pages, Cat and The Dreamer is a quick but fulfilling read. It lasted me one morning commute and a lunch break (I couldn't put it down - couldn't wait until 5 PM to read the rest). I sank into Julia's dreams so completely that I nearly missed my train stop! Plus, I think any story that can wake me up enough on an 8 AM train to feel like I'm going to cry is a plus in my book.
This review first appeared on my blog A Chronicle Of Dreams and at my bookshelf in Goodreads.
The book is basically a first person narration by, the then 15 and now 29 year old survivor Julia, on life as it is now.
It's a poignant, raw and very hard hitting portrayal of a woman trapped in a teenager's mind, who struggles her way through the art of living.
The ghosts of the past, over protective parents and bullying co workers make it thrice as difficult to taste freedom of a normal life.
Adding to this deadly potion are her own fears and her penchant of seeking refuge in the dream world she often inhabits. They resurface when her knight in shining armour Adam, literally rides his way through her office and personal life.
Will his protection and love be enough for Julia to start anew? Read it to find out...
I loved the wordplay, realistic conversations and the process of Julia's slow awakening to reality and freedom.
The book deals with the effects of bullying on young minds covertly which works for it.
The supporting cast of Adam was most likeable, Cat made a good antagonist and the parents could move you to pity or anger depending on your perception...in my case they invoked both pity and a little resentment.
My only grouse is the length of the work which leaves you wanting to know more of Julia and specially Adam.
An excellent choice for reading on a weekend...and of course, having a hardy heart goes without saying
This is a story about a child who was bullied and we think it is to the point of wanting to die, and the repercussions that child faced after attempting suicide and the guilt at her friends death, so far into her adult life. It is a wonderful read and a very quick one. A short Novella, which I personally think could have been made into a much longer work and went more into Adam and Julia.
There were a few things which confused me in the book, but all in all it was a well written and enjoyable tale. The Author uses italics to designate when Julia is dreaming, however at a few points where I am sure she is dreaming the italics are not used. But the dream's that Julia have are not only disturbing in the beginning but also show how closed off she is to everyone around her.
I recommend this book if you want a good heart breaking story.
Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
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