Jim's Reviews > The Law of Dreams

The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Apr 18, 08

it was amazing
bookshelves: legion-of-vermin
Recommended to Jim by: Danna L. Sides
Recommended for: Lads and lassies
Read in April, 2008

Imagine that you’re a tenant farmer. You’re young, never been to school, never owned a decent pair of shoes. All your life you’ve lived on the same piece of rugged earth. Then the Great Famine comes, wipes out the farm. The tenant evicts your family but your father won’t go and you watch them starve until the soldiers come and set fire to the home and everyone in your family is murdered, but you. This is the set up for Peter Behrens amazing novel The Law of Dreams. It’s a historical novel about the famine in 1846, but it feels lived. It’s easily the most intense historical novel I’ve ever read. I’m a huge admirer of Andrea Barrett but the tension here surpasses Barrett’s work by a large magnitude. It’s a book about a wild boy alone in a wild country and I couldn’t put it down. Wonderful, wonderful writing. Mr. Behrens, who lives in Maine but spends two months of each year in Los Angeles, will be coming to Vermin next year.
10 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Law of Dreams.
Sign In »

Comments (showing 1-1 of 1) (1 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

Heather Novak Bornemeier Steph, if you own this book can I borrow it?

back to top