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The Dream Room

3.13 of 5 stars 3.13  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Set in the 1960s, The Dream Room is the story of a family's dissolution, as witnessed through the eyes of twelve-year-old David. An only child, he is fascinated by the culinary arts -- making the family's dinner nightly and reading cookbooks as if they were novels and novels as if they were cookbooks -- content to simply spend time with his mother and father, a pilot durin ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published February 5th 2002 by William Morrow (first published 2000)
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Dec 05, 2012 Liz rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
This is more of a novella -- very short and only 4 chapters. Being that short you'd think I'd really remember what the whole thing was about. I'm not really sure there was much to take away from it, or I just don't remember because I was reading this before going to bed.

I believe each chapter was set in a different memory of the narrator, and the memories did all connect, but I just didn't get much out of it.

This is a terrible review. If you want to read a short book, then try it out. Otherwise
For a such a short novel, it leaves its mark in my mind. The young narrator who absorbs everything around him, only to realize he does understand the goings-on of his parents, is an impacting character who points out to the reader that we must not underestimate the knowledge of young people and the impressions we leave upon them.
His love of cuisine, which reveals his zest for life; the love he has for his parents and how he unknowingly tries to keep them together, further revealing his perceptio
I didn't get it.
But somehow I liked it.

note: "Parade's End" pg.54
Jan 04, 2012 Tara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: WW II fans
This was sold as a novel, but is really a novella. The book begins a bit slowly, then picks up steam when the young narrator starts exploring his passion for food. We are then taken to the coast and shown small pictures of his family heritage, which is fascinating, and the current unraveling of his family, then the story ends abruptly and finishes with the grown narrator relating a fairy tale to the local children.

This abrupt change away from the real emotion in the book is jarring and mars what
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In mijn audioversie bleek het laatste hoofdstuk te ontbreken... Dat was wel een heel abrupt einde. Gelukkig heb ik ook de papieren versie! Want hoofdstuk 4 maakt het boek meer de moeite waard, omdat het verhaal daarmee naar de tegenwoordige tijd wordt gehaald; in context wordt geplaatst. Het zou me niet verbazen als ik überhaupt meer van Modelvliegen zou hebben genoten als ik het fysieke boek zou hebben gelezen.. :\
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Marcel Möring was born in 1957 in Enschede, an industrial town near the Dutch-German border, where he attended a Montessori primary school. In the late sixties his family moved north, to Assen, a small town moderately famous for its annual TT motor races. He finished secondary school and studied Dutch literature for two years, then went from one odd job to another. Since he had already decided to ...more
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