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Dream Stuff

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  16 reviews
These powerfully vivid stories from a great writer offer enormous pleasure, recognition and discovery. Ranging through the unreliable layers of family archaeology, they uncover earlier, vulnerable selves, moments of innocence or shame, and unfinished business, illumined by shocking flashes of unpredictable violence and pain, or glints of sly humour. In the brilliant corner ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 11th 2001 by Vintage Canada (first published June 6th 2000)
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James Perkins
I really admire David Malouf. He's a fellow Brisbanite, so his writing reflects the places I know from when I grew up. He's got a poetic, lyrical writing style that immerses you in the complex worlds of his characters, and you start to forget that you're actually reading. I haven't read much by him, but what I have has always left me with a sense of lurid breathlessness. So I was very much looking forward to this collection. It started well, with solid stories of times long past, acrid disappoin ...more
Steve Petherbridge
This is my introduction to David Malouf. I was lucky to find a number of his hardbacks in pristine condition in the Dublin Oxfam Bookshop at 5 each! This book of nine short stories, Dream Stuff is about longing and nostalgia ranging over a century of Australian life. A desire to reach back in time, back to some place which may have never existed, except in our dreams and the self-created impressions of the moments we have lived, which are already gone. The 9 stories here all have a strong elemen ...more
The only reason I finished this book was because if I didn't, I wouldn't be able to pass my literature class.
Kathy Turner
While walking in Centennial Parklands in Sydney, thinking how to approach a review of Malouf’s short story collection dream stuff, pondering the lovely references to dreams, the obvious place to start, Audley’s words in the final story Great Day came into my mind: I think best with my kneecaps (p.154). That was where I’d start.

‘Kneecap’ thinking produces a leap. The rhythm of walking subdues rationality with all its familiar linkages and opens new possibilities. Not that the new possibility com
This is a collection of (very) short stories and is David Malouf at his best. Just in the style of The great World, this collection captures a bunch of ordinary singular aussies (with their global and local, and social and familial heritage) living and dealing with their everyday and unspectacular suburban or rural lives, in their social, physical and temporal contexts. On top of that, the characters are subtley but purposfully drawn to be the "you and me" in the stuff that goes on in the social ...more
More than most, re-introduced me to the beauty of short stories, some dozen years ago.
Taking a break from this while reading some others!

I am still reading this... It is a book of short stories which are basically about searching for your true self. Some of the stories are very good, while others are actually boring. The good ones are worth it though - they make you think about your own life in depth and what you would do in particular situations.
Unlike Carey's novel, Malouf's short stories gave me a smorgasbord of Australia. I was able to have a quick taste of urban Australia, rural, mid-century, contemporary, adult, child, dark, lyrical...I am very much looking forward to reading more of Malouf, and if you haven't checked him out, it's worth it.
An interesting collection of short stories. Like many short story collections, some are better then others, some are confusing and some I found tiresome. I did enjoy Malouf's ability to set a scene and nail a certain nostalgic time in Australian history.
first i've read by this author. good short stories of all variety - family tales, murder tales, & in between - set throughout australia - city, outback, beach. really connected with some of them & will check out more of his work.
William Freeman
Very good collection of short stories with one that was outstanding
I've only read Closer for my CEL class and I really liked it. It's a nice story with many secret meanings and with an insigh on how many families function today, not only the 'crazy Pentacostals'.
I really don't like David Malouf. I thought it was just youthful naivety, but no, I actually dislike his writing strongly. I don't understand why he is so acclaimed.
Nov 08, 2007 Zach rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dreamers
(1) Always write your dreams so you remember your dream stuff.
(2) Read this book and learn how lucid fiction is.
I thought Dream Stuff was very confusing. It has a lot of stories in which didn't make sense to me.
Not sure what the hype is about these short stories. 3 were brilliant but most i found a drag.
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David Malouf is the author of ten novels and six volumes of poetry. His novel The Great World was awarded both the prestigious Commonwealth Prize and the Prix Femina Estranger. Remembering Babylon was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He has also received the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
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“What drew him back was something altogether more personal, to a history where, in the pain and longing of adolescence, he was still standing on the corner of Queen and Albert Streets waiting for someone that he knew would never appear. He had long understood that one of his selves, the earliest and most vulnerable, had never left this place, and this original and clearest view of things could be recovered only through what had first come to him in the glow of its ordinary light and was the light they appeared in that was the point, and that at least had not changed.” 3 likes
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