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Dream Time

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Dazzling, innovative, and courageous, Dream Time plunges the reader deep into the sensibility of the '60's in a wonderful display of cultural archaeology. Far from being an unqualified celebration of the era, it is a deliberate experiment, combining the genres of memoir, novel, and cultural history in order to convey the complex impact of the late '60's counterculture. Whe ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 9th 2002 by Counterpoint (first published 1988)
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Craig Werner
Aug 20, 2015 Craig Werner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, south
I'll start with the caveat and then move on to an explanation of why this earns a place on my "favorites" shelf, which I limit to books that combine writing excellence, depth and personal impact. Baldwin, Adrienne Rich, Leslie Silko, Ulysses...the true A list.

But there is a caveat. O'Brien's Sixties are white and privileged: he writes (consciously) from the perspective of middle-to-upper-middle class youth, with a masculine tilt. There are no black characters, no Vietnam vets, and women are pres
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Jason
Aug 27, 2010 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really, an amazing book. Following a linear pathline that is the manifestation of a life to a time period, the biography of the 60's rebirth and death. This birth into consciousness, fed by the media culture perfumed by the 1950's, lead into the Consciousness-rebellion of the 1960's. This book is the closest thing to an acid trip i've ever read, more than Her by Ferlinghetti.

The media are broadcasting the sound of a wound and calling it reality. Consider the Beach Boys. All the while they were s
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Lauren
Nov 19, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
Really an extraordinary book that appears at first to be a series of discrete essays about the 60s but is much more of a memoir though not in the traditional sense. Amazing writing that somehow captures the period in an effortless and really imaginative way.
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