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These Dreams of You Paperback – January 31, 2012
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"Beautiful, elegiac...threads and characters serendipitously stumble through a missing-link chain of coincidences, with mazes and labyrinths both real and imagined...a complex and imaginative literary tapestry about family and identity." -Kirkus (starred review)
"Erickson expertly weaves together themes of music, politics, and idealism in a modern story where preconceptions are outdated." -Publishers Weekly
"Hypnotic...powerful...makes us wonder and cheer enthusiastically about the strange and more than coincidental thing we call life itself.”
All Things Considered, NPR
"Actions echo across time, continents and realities…a series of endless, astounding tessellations. The four Nordhocs who provide the messy, vibrant heart of These Dreams of You make up a representative tableau for the new millennium: the American family as mash-up." -The New York Times Book Review
“Truly electrifying. In its gorgeous, vivid prose and its acutely sensitive soul, These Dreams of You shows us just what a novel can still do in our own crazy times." -The Boston Globe
"Magnificent. These Dreams of You is a big novel of big ideas -- emotionally capacious and desperately relevant. As readers rush headlong toward its climax, they may feel as if they have emerged from something like a fever dream, as torrents of ideas and images wash over them." -New York Journal of Books
"These Dreams of You may well be today's Great American Novel...[the] final, choking passage belongs in the same league as the conclusions of The Great Gatsby, On the Road and Vineland." -Los Angeles Review of Books
"Deftly weaves a larger tale that reaches back to the nineteen-sixties and an earlier, equally transformative presidential candidacy...Erickson’s skillful use of metafictional techniques, coincidences, and resonances expands the story into an absorbing meditation on narrative itself." - The New Yorker
"Erickson grasps the intimate and esoteric ways that the forces of society mold us, and this is an undeniably brave book. [In] the book's rapturous final paragraphs Erickson stares into the heart of America's pain and potential and doesn't blink.” - Los Angeles Times
Top Customer Reviews
Erickson performs literary yoga here, brilliantly bending the narrative through our nation's recent past utilizing social, political and musical references. The masterful writing skills are evident, but they don't overpower the compelling characters and story here. You're pulling for all of them through the last page.
One of the ways I know that I know I loved a book, not just liked it, is that I want to keep it in my library to come back and read again. "These Dreams of You" is now part of my permanent collection.
One can imagine the Literalists fumigating over this book, for the way it weaves a counterpoint of interconnected fictions, of fictions within fictions in which life intersects with art and art intersects with life, that could only occur in a world in which policy based on magical thinking supplants policy based on realism, and in which the literalists, generally support the policies of magical thinking. It's an extremely witty book in that way, even though it doesn't seem to be intended as satire. It is an altogether fascinating read, delivered in chapters of less than a page, but easily digested of a lazy Sunday afternoon. It is best to read it in its entirety to get the full flavor of it.
but, 'ecstatic days', 'zeroville' etc...are all essential reads.
i JUST finished this new book; surprisingly linear at first, until it expands into poetry and magic (as do most of his novels). there are amazing connections made (or, in the context of the story), nearly made. the writing is strong, musical, visual.
the story is wonderful.
i loved this, and now, sadly, will have a long wait until the next erickson novel.
Erickson could be the American J.G. Ballard -- his obsessions and imagery is different, but he's equally captured by his own imagination and driven to write surrealistic, fantasy-tinged versions of his homeland to work out the differences between how the world does work and how it should work. All of his books have unlikely and fantastic elements -- near-future dystopia, the career of Hitler's private pornographer, a hero who only parrots back the last opinion he's heard, lakes suddenly appearing in downtown Los Angeles -- and a sense of America as a land of myth and possibility. (Not a perfect land by any means, but a land containing wonders and vastness.)
THESE DREAMS OF YOU extends Erickson's world further, having perhaps the least focus on his homeland of any of his novels.Read more ›
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Pretentious: Well written, at least initially, but the author tries oh-so-hard to be oh-so post-modern and oh-so contemporary and clever, he forgets his own story and the plot,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dopplegamer
interestingly enough, the book isn't as homogenously strewn with ericksonisms as his other books...
and then in the last third of the book he opens the creative... Read more
Simply one of the best novels I have read in quite a while. It touches on things that have been important in my life peppered amongst the fiction--people, places, events. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Mad Man
When I start readining a book, I'm compulsive about finishing it. I admit this is one book I didn't finish reading--I had 50 more pages to read when I gave up, Iwouldn't mind the... Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by eddie
His most linear work. Still--effortlessly connecting Obama, Bowie, Robert Kennedy, the trials of adoption, the stress of providing for a family and a song that's been playing... Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by Matt Keto
It's a wonderful feeling when a book makes you swoon and jump for joy. Not only that, I jumped from my bed and slammed my face into the pillow when I finished "These Dreams of... Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by Lindsey Ann McCann
Reading this book is watching Erickson pleasure himself with superficial musings about how the world works versus how he thinks it should work. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Julia T
The book is not organized in chapters, so you better have a book mark! This is definitely a book you will put down repeatedly, but commission yourself to finish with hope it... Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by AB
At first I was put off by the "chunkiness" of the book. I think the Roman typesetters did the author a disservice by starting each new text break (of which there are many) with a... Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by D. K. Bagshaw