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Lincoln's Dreams by Connie Willis
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Jun 21, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: american-civil-war, psychology, speculative-fiction, dreams, abraham-lincoln, robert-e-lee, antietam, gettysburg, traveler
Read from June 17 to 21, 2010

Annie dreams of things she should have no knowledge of, Antietam, Chancellorsville,and Gettysburg. Her dreams are horrifyingly real. Her psychiatrist believes Annie is hiding something deep in her subconsciousness. His former roommate sees it differently. He works as a historical researcher for a writer of Civil War novels. His employer is writing about Lincoln's dreams. Annie is having Robert E. Lee's dreams. Lee is restless even in death. He cannot sleep. Annie is helping him rest. Can she survive it? Willis writes gracefully of responsibility, guilt and redemption. "Lincoln's Dreams" won the John W. Campbell Memorial award for best novel in 1988.
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06/19/2010 page 60
26.0% "Two weeks before his assassination, Lincoln dreamed of a body lying in state in the East Room. Lincoln asked a guard on duty who had died. The guard responded, "The President is dead." A study of dreams and their meaning."
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