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The Dreamseller: The Calling: A Novel (O Vendedor de Sonhos #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  1,072 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Wherever he goes, the dreamseller enchants, stirs up trouble and inspires his listeners to search for the most important thing: the heart of the human soul. Every person he meets is someone who has abandoned their dreams and is struggling through life: a professor who has stopped pursuing his passions, an alcoholic who has no family, the elderly who have lost their zest fo ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Atria Books (first published 2008)
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Dec 15, 2011 Jenny rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish, 2011
After two attempts to read this, I gave up. The reason is that it reads as what it is: one man's personal philosophy dressed up as fiction. As a result the characters - mere set pieces - are soulless and the plot is just the vehicle by which the author moves from one piece of self-wisdom to the next. The Dreamseller, who is, of course, the author, comes across as a prententious pratt. If only life was as black and white as this guy paints it.
Jun 18, 2012 Ana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved the ideology, the principles, and the motivation behind it, but on the other hand there is way too much existentialist talk for my taste, and I didn't like how the narrating character seemed to be constatly surprised by the actions of his master.
Feb 19, 2013 Hope/Nabi rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: unfinished, 2013
Repetitive and bland. I tried to get through it but reading 60 pages was enough.
Мъдра - да, позитивна - да, но не ме вдъхнови чак толкова. Прочетох я доста бързо, харесах си доста цитати, но не ме "разтърси", не ме накара да се замисля чак толкова много. Книгата казва много истини, позабравени от нас в стресогенното, забързано ежедневие. Точно там е работата, че аз знам, че нещата стоят така, т.е. сама по себе си книгата не ми каза нещо ново. В края, историята на Учителя беше много емоционална и разтърсваща, което само по себе си просто ни напомня да подреждаме правилно при ...more
Daniela Silva
A great book to reflect on the values of contemporary society, and to review concepts about what really matters in life. It is extremely important to fight against a controlling and abusive system - it does exist, although some people to ignore its existence. Cury makes us look deep inside and rescue our virtue and essence - That's why he is SURELY my favorite writter.

Um ótimo livro para refletir sobre os valores da sociedade e para rever conceitos sobre o que realmente importa. É extremamente
This book was more or less a 21st-century rendition of the life & teachings of Jesus. There's a charismatic, roving wanderer who uses the Socratic method to wake up society from its ignorance and self-destruction. It's part self-help book, part allegory. To be truthful, only a few instances were profound and most of the book felt "been there done that." Cury writes starkly and directly, without flourish. I prefer to read flowery prose; that's just me.
May 13, 2013 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Deb by: birthday present from my sister
5 stars. A must read. This book makes you think and I mean some soul searching thinking. It also makes you take an honest look at your life no matter where you are in you life journey. Do you dream? Have you had a strong dream and naysayer told you you couldn't do it? Then this book is for you. Don't have a dream? This book is still for you. Grab hold of your dreams and walk out of society's boundaries.
Sep 02, 2013 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Muita pagina para repetir a mesma mensagem.
Milan Trpkovic
Aug 26, 2015 Milan Trpkovic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Kaluđer koji je prodao svoj ferari" na brazilski način, ali sa jednom većom težinom s obzirom da je autor psihijatar i psihoterapeut. Knjiga je bazirana na kritici savremenog društva (iz ugla sociologije, ekonomije, psihologije, kulturologije, itd.) koje je, u mnogim stvarima, izgubilo kompas. Pristup knjizi je takav da konstatno postavlja pitanja, i ništa manje intenzivno daje odgovore na mnoge dileme. Dileme su tu oko nas, često su u dodiru sa našim snovima i životom. Za mnoge dileme nemamo o ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Alyson rated it liked it
Shelves: bookclub, inspiring
This is a book by a Brazilian author. We read it for the couples book club that I am in so that our Portuguese speaking friend could read it too and be a part of our discussion.

This book is written somewhat like a parable. It's the story of a man who appears to be a poor bum, yet he goes around saving others. He saves a suicidal man, an alcoholic, a thief, etc. He teaches lessons as he goes and gains a big group of followers. As I read I wondered if he was suppose to be a Christ-like figure. Yo
Mar 25, 2011 Luisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So I got this book as a b'day present and it seemed interesting.

The thing is, the story is OK, and it has a good happy little utopic message, but the narrator is incredibly annoying in his ramblings and self-doubts. I'm all about Pollyanna and 'things can be better' and such, but this was too utopic even for me!
Also, when you use the word 'vehemently' three times in two pages, and the word 'insight' every other page (especially considering the word 'insight' was used in English in a Portuguese b
Thaís Alberti
Jul 08, 2015 Thaís Alberti rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
totally NOT worth reading. Even if you are into cheap philosophy, there are better books. I mean, the idea is nice. Dude is gonna jump off a building and a weird guy start asking questions and changes his life. ok, nice. But is incredibly poorly written! After 2 minutes the guy tells his whole life story (in 2 paragraphs) to the stranger. I mean, please!!!! Give away important details about the main character along the book, keep up the mystery... But it's like really bad. Really cheap philosoph ...more
Review: The Dreamseller by Augusto Cury.

This short novella is thought provoking and makes me realize my life has its faults but I appreciate who I have and what I have. The story is a combination of social interpretation with a mix of basic philosophy with an open-minded measure of irrational humor. I thought for a short story it was fast paced but and right to the point.

The story is about a young college graduate, Julio Lambert who thinks he has been dealt a bad hand in life and is standing o
Jul 12, 2014 Anita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is likened to Paulo Coelho's 'The Alchemist' and James Redfield's 'The Celestine Prophecy'. This is what drew my attention in the first place, but after having read it, it doesn't even compare; the aforementioned two are more about the workings of an inner transformation. This book seems to have more of a 'messianic' theme, with the dreamseller approaching each underdog and downtrodden character and reawakens them to their worth and purpose -- stirring in them the remembrance of the dr ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What started off as an inspiring gripping read fades off to be slow, draggy and too philosophical after the 5th chapter. The contents and concept of the story is intriguing but the writing style fails to keep me reading the pages to the end without lots of breaks in between. It simply got too textbook heavy.
May 16, 2015 Rogerio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gostei muito do bom humor e da apresentação original dos conflitos psicológicos. Está muito bem escrito e pude encontrar inspiração. O Boquinha de Mel é o tal :)
The message here is wonderful and important (personal acceptance, appreciation of the gift of life, and practicing the love of Christ with each other), but I agree with other reviewers that its delivery in fiction form was very cloying, i.e. the main character was clearly just the author preaching to an easily-influenced, more or less characterless audience.

This was my first audiobook in Portuguese and I learned a lot more about the conventions of past tense narration (preterite vs. imperfect).

Mar 08, 2015 Rowena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was quite slow-paced and I must admit I wasn't able to get through it quickly. But I finished it and it was quite satisfying. Although some "Socratic" parts were quite too much for me, there were still a lot of parts that were relevant and hit me. The narrator was quite omniscient for his part, knowing how people get stirred immediately by the dreamseller's words. Some characters were not so distinct that they almost seem redundant. However, some parts were well-written in how they convey the ...more
Ágata Bresil
Aug 15, 2012 Ágata Bresil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished the last page of the book and I felt the difficulty to come here to write a review. I know that many have read this book, but I just read it now and had no idea he would become so important in my life. I leave this reading with the same feeling that comes from reading the book The Shack, despite The Dreamseller is not as focused on religion, thought that was what made it so special, it shows that an atheist, Catholic, Buddhist, Jewish, Spiritualist, or you feeding any other belief, yo ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Iceman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No topo do imponente edifício da maior companhia empresarial, um homem, desde logo chamado suicida, 40 anos, está prestes a pôr termo à sua vida.

Mas quem é este homem, porque se quer suicidar?

Será que a suas erudições, exímios conhecimentos linguísticos e de idiomas, boa aparência, saúde financeira, não lhe permitem ter uma vida completa e realizada?

Enquanto se desenrola este acontecimento, um homem no meio da multidão, que entretanto se juntou para ver triste espectáculo, pede passagem. Mas ves
Denise Flynn
May 04, 2015 Denise Flynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story about a messianic character who 'saves' people, essentially from themselves. The opening chapter of the book reminded me somewhat of the film 'Lethal Weapon' with the suicide on a ledge scene, but that's where the similarity ends. The book is fantastical, possibly escapist but somehow struck a chord with its questioning of the dominant values in today's society, work ,wealth, greed, corruption and the impact on those areas of our lives as humans which we ought to value, health, emotional ...more
Camila Bustos Rosas
A pesar de ser el típico libro de "auto ayuda" que muchas veces no considero leer, agradezco haberle dado la oportunidad. Sin duda, deja una enseñanza -con una historia bastante interesante- que sigue dando vueltas en la cabeza tanto como para volver a leerlo. Uno de mis favoritos
Jan 26, 2014 Simone rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-psychology
I was SO disappointed with this novel. In comparison with Gounelle, this book is real rubbish for me. Nice idea but so terribly written, totally unreadable. And also unbeliavable. When reading, it was obvious the author had some psychology background but he could use it in a more readers-friendly way. I couldn't decide whether I was reading a novel or some scholar kind of lit.
Raul Corsini
Dec 09, 2013 Raul Corsini rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
O livro inicia com uma trama que poderia ser extremamente interessante e termina com uma enxurrada de conselhos de auto-ajuda forçados e utópicos.

Extremamente repetitivas, as ideias que o autor transmite não casam bem com o decorrer da história e acabam passando a sensação de que foram introduzidas na trama a bel-prazer.

A unica coisa que não me fez abandonar o livro no meio foi o fato de ter gostado das primeiras linhas da história e ter mantido uma esperança, não satisfeita, de que o final pud
Dec 09, 2014 Camila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O livro contém muitas mensagens as quais guardaremos para as próximas etapas pelas quais passarmos, achei o livro ótimo.
Contrived in places, yet full of thoughtful gems to consider too.
Jun 06, 2016 Matheus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, tenho
Não sei se foi por ler "obrigado" mas não aproveitei e não me conectei com o livro.
A ideia do livro é realmente boa, mas achei muito repetitiva e pouco cativante. D:
May 10, 2011 Rose rated it liked it

Perhaps it should be called "The Believers" instead. I was not convinced that a group of homeless people would discover themselves so readily just by having "one of their enlightened" direct them to themselves. It was not what I expected. I was disappointed with the predictable story though I agree that the corporate points: education, preparation, business life, and stress are all unhealthy,dehumanizing, automaton and slavery in modern garb. I have faith in people to figure that out and change
Jun 30, 2016 Julia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The worst book I have ever read.
Oct 19, 2015 Rogi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
[must-read] As I finished the first chapter, a thought came up to me: "I want to be a dreamseller!" Now, I just want this book to stick around, for rereading it occasionally. More human and less divine than Celestine Prophecy, this book leads you through thesis on society, be it your inner spirit or the envirovement. But treating the theme always from the critic point of view to prepare you for "his own theories", to read without prejudice. I'm giving this book a 5 ONLY because I want for more p ...more
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Augusto Jorge Cury (Colina, 2 de outubro de 1958) é um médico, psiquiatra, psicoterapeuta e escritor de literatura psiquiátrica brasileiro. Desenvolve em Espanha pesquisa em Ciência da Educação e, após a construção da teoria de Inteligência Multifocal, continua a desenvolver estudos sobre as dinâmicas da emoção e da construção dos pensamentos. Dirige a Academia da Inteligência no Brasil, um instit ...more
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