- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Ace 16701 (January 1, 1966)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002C0NQW0
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,673,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The driving idea behind this book is the ability, with the help of some fancy technology, of a trained neuroparticipant therapist to directly monitor and control his patient's dreams. There is a downside to this: the therapist had better be very emotionally stable himself, else he runs the risk of having the patient take control and impress his thoughts and emotional problems on the therapist. Zelazny takes this basic concept and wraps it first in truly excellent prose; much of this work reads almost like a prose poem. He adds two strong characters, Charles Render, the therapist, and Eileen Shallot, a blind-from-birth woman who wants to be a therapist herself, but must first get over the problem of how to deal with the sights and visions that her future patients will have. Render (and I believe the name is significant, though this is a literary device Zelazny did not normally use) is a tightly controlled person, carefully bulwarking his emotional walls from the pain of the death of his wife and driven to over-protect his brilliant son. Though repeatedly warned of the dangers, he finds the challenge of introducing Eileen to the world of sight irresistible. Thus the stage is set for a trip through the world of dreams, dreams that are perhaps both simpler and more comprehensible than the garden variety most people have, but described with such excellence that it is almost like seeing a sequence of pictures, watercolors and oils in vivid colors.Read more ›
Zelazny posits a future where the allegorical hermeneutician does not need to listen to the vague recollections of his/her patient. Rather, a neuroparticipant attaches the patient to a complex machine which not only allows access to the dream arenas but facilitates the creation of particular dreams. How the patient reacts in the constructed landscapes is an integral part of the psychoanalytic treatment program. Thus, the format and forms are modified by the neuroparticipant while the patient fills the stage with emotional significance and narrows in on particular symbols (9).
Unsurprisingly considering the work’s themes, The Dream Master is drenched with layers of often hilarious psychoanalytical references: the main character’s smothering “mother-like” paternalism, a dog with an artificially enhanced intelligence named Sigmund who exercises his dominance but patrolling the streets looking for primitive dogs, Render’s “totemic” cufflinks, and of course the voyages though the dreamscapes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not one of Zelazny's best. Certain elements remind you of his master-works. And this book makes you want to smoke and quit at the same time...Published 5 months ago by mark gibney
Absolutely terrible. This book is all about Zelazny trying to sate his own intellectual ego. Read the Amber Chronicles instead.Published 22 months ago by KJ
A new "earth" with a changed society. But people remain the same, with their personal problems, the dangers of getting too deeply involved.Published 23 months ago by Anneke Schouten
Another Award Winning Book By Roger Zelazny - one definitely should be read!Published 23 months ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
There is no rhyme or reason for most of the mid-content of the book. In fact , the two characters, Shallot and Render are distant emotionally throughout the whole story, sadly. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by MK
Gooder, yeah, that was a joke. To turn the original short story into a novel, Z. added a lot of filler in the middle that, well, robs the action, does nothing, at all to serve the... Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by W.W.
I'm on page 36 at the moment in this book, and I'm not getting why its being accused of being a padded out short story. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Sarah