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When does a dream become a reality? Find out in Louis Villalba’s haunting new novel, The Stranger’s Enigma.

Dr. Daniel Brandon falls victim of tedious home life and relentless job stress and finds his nightly dreams his only escape. Convinced that the protagonist of his dreams holds the secret of eternal youth and joy, he decides to study him and unveil the enigma.He finds
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 30th 2014 by Createspace
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Nov 12, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

Dr. Daniel Brandon falls victim of tedious home life and relentless job stress and finds his nightly dreams his only escape. Convinced that the protagonist of his dreams holds the secret of eternal youth and joy, he decides to study him and unveil the enigma.He finds a stranger who resembles him physically, but unlike him, enjoys sexual freedom and adventures. Daniel's dreams steer him into true love and ushers him along a path where reality and dreams merge into a surreal dimension. Here the f
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Roxana
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This novel is very different to what everyone is used to read. It's about dreams and obsessions, about searching for the meaning of life- somehow sideways. The book has a parallell development: in dreams and in reality. The main character, Daniel, is a neurologist facing an absurd professional malpractice lawsuit and a marital crisis with his wife Marlene. But he has an increasing number of dreams about the adventures of Sonie, an energetic and sexually uninhibited character, and lovely Julia. D ...more
Lysander Hansen
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has a spiritual and artistic beauty to a very real journey. We live in such a physical, material world, but half of our lives are spent in a world that science seems to believe is merely your brain firing off random information and memories. Villalba plays with the idea that there may be something very powerful and beautiful happening while we sleep.

Villalba writes with artistry and passion, and that makes this novel all the more worthwhile. I’m so happy I’ve been coming across all these real
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Maria
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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For the first 1/2 of this book I kept having to remind myself that this wasn't an autobiographic! I kept thinking I was going to guess the ending of the book. I felt the climax was in the last dozen pages of the novel. I found it interesting the fact that the main character, Dr. Brandon was able to contact Dr Freud, on his mobile, to assist with his dream analysis. Many times I was confused during plots of dialogue between his dream state conversations and reality. I felt sorry for Dr. Brandon t ...more
Florence Osmund
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story line in this novel is one of the most creative ones I’ve ever seen, and for that reason I loved it. A Chicago neurologist going through mid-life crisis goes on a quest to find eternal bliss in the most unconventional way. A combination of dream analysis, fragmented self-analysis, and vacillation between reality and fantasy, the book is well written, the characters are interesting, and the story is intriguing.
Lorraine Cocks
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought this book The Stranger's Enigma by Louis Villalba was a thought provoking book which gives you an inside to a persons mind and dreams. It certainly is a book that people would like especially if they like books about dreams and the inner working of a persons mind.
Dianne Emond
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I felt like I was back in Psych 101. this book did not hold my interest and way too much Freud
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My name is Louis Villalba. I was born in Spain in 1945 and have resided in the US since 1970. I completed my neurology training at Chicago Medical School, where I taught for 30 years and published 73 scientific papers and book chapters. In 1995, an unusual occurrence took place in my practice that compelled me to recount it to the public at large in my own words. But scientific prose significantly ...more