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Book Title: The Dream of a Beast|
The author of the book: Neil Jordan
Edition: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Date of issue: January 3rd 2005
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Reader ratings: 7.9
ISBN 13: 9780719561924
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.12 MB
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A man's body rebels, and dreams itself into something monstrous; his world becomes as alien to him as he has become to the world. Jordan writes some beautiful poetry in the form of prose and so The Dream of a Beast is filled with astonishingly surreal imagery. This deeply experimental novel - if it can even be called that - describes a man's search for connection and transcendence from the inside out, from a purely emotional-mental space, where metaphor is reality... and so the entire story is a 103-page dreamscape. Unfortunately for me, I, like many, have to be in the right mood to listen to someone's extensive recounting of their dreams; and so this book was best read in 25-page increments. Despite my detachment from it, on a chapter-by-chapter or even paragraph-by-paragraph basis, the writing is stunning and layered with meaning. Ironically, for a work that is overflowing with beautifully constructed sentences, the first person narrator struggles continually to say what he thinks, and even to speak his thoughts aloud. Although it is essentially about transformation and coming to terms with yourself, that leitmotif of communication breaking down was particularly well-articulated (*chuckle*). I especially enjoyed the sequence where a conversation is portrayed as a series of strange sounds, with a buzzing insect noise coming from the most bothersome of the participants. And the early realization that the connection that the narrator longs for most is with his wife and child made the story surprisingly emotionally grounded, despite its disconnection from any known reality.
And hey, a happy ending, of all things!
Neil Jordan is mainly known as a director, in particular for The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire. He directed one of my teen years' favorite films: his adaptation of Angela Carter's The Company of Wolves, where his focus was less on that story's exploration of gender in fairy tales and was more about his own fascination with identity and transformation - apparently a hallmark of all of his works. Featuring Angela Lansbury as a formidable Granny and, of course, dreamscapes galore.
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