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Henri Skinner is a hardened ex-war reporter on the run from his past. On his way to see his son, Sam, for the first time in years, Henri steps into the road without looking and collides with oncoming traffic. He is rushed to a nearby hospital where he floats, comatose, between dreams, reliving the fairytales of his childhood and the secrets that made him run away in the fi ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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Kylie D
A beautifully written book, richly metaphorical, about hovering in the space between life and death. It follows Henri, in a coma after an accident, and how he tries to interact with his loved ones and they in turn with him. Poignant and profound, we explore the feelings of loss, hope and grief, all at once.

Yet, even though I can appreciate the beauty of this book, it really wasn't for me.

My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Paromjit
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst The Book of Dreams by Nina George is not perfect, there is nevertheless much to love about this profoundly moving novel about what it is to be human and just how much momentous decisions define the life path for a person. In this complex and complicated book of family drama, relationships and human emotions, ex-war reporter, Henry Skinner, is on his way to meet his estranged teenage son, Sam, when he finds himself saving the life of a young girl in the River Thames. Unfortunately the most ...more
Katie B
I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book, and I mean that in the best possible way. This is the type of book I will be thinking about for awhile. I think the author really took a chance with this one and maybe it won't be for everyone, but I'm pretty darn glad I read it.

The story in some ways is a bit tricky to explain without getting into spoiler territory so I'm gonna keep it brief and simple. The less you know is probably best in this case. Henri Skinner is set
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Book of Dreams surprised me in the best of ways. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I’m a fan of Nina George’s Little Paris Bookshop, and I noticed right away that her trademark warmth imbued on every page of The Book of Dreams.

Henri Skinner, one of our main characters, is a former war reporter. He’s rough around the edges, and the war has shaped him. He’s going to visit his son, Sam, who he doesn’t really know.

While literally on his way to see his son, he is injured and rushed to the hospital. While there, he is co
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Holly
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, favorites
OMG! I absolutely LOVED this book! The Book of Dreams is a story to be savored and for me, to read again and again. It is charming, endearing, fascinating, thought-provoking, and ingenious. I felt a range of emotions while reading this book including happy, hopeful, surprised and sad. The Book of Dreams is a compelling story that I could not put down. An added bonus for me is that the writing is beautiful the imagery is divine. George is a master at the effective use of metaphors and similes.

One
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Celia
Nina George admits that she has always been afraid of death - her own and that of those close to her that she loves.

"... existential questions about death have colored my last three novels, The Little Paris Bookshop, The Little Breton Bistro, and The Book of Dreams . To produce these books, which address issues of being and no-longer-being, have no happy endings, and are therefore not very “market friendly,” I needed book people who were willing to tread this kind of literary path with me."

This
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Arlene
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The story eventually captured my attention, but if I’m being honest... I was hoping for a different conclusion.
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
The Book of Dreams is a fascinating read that grabs the reader tightly and demands attention. The unique narrative is written in the first person from each of the main characters' point of view, thus the reader is able experience the story from multiple angles. Nina George effectively explores the depths of human relationships, and looks intently at both the good side and the bad. Ultimately this is a story of redemption, and each characters journey to find it is heartbreaking, yet inspiring. Th ...more
Steffi | Lesenslust
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
„Das hier ist die Realität. Kein Buch, kein Nerd-Wettbewerb. Das dort, das wummernde Monstrum, die Fragen von Dr. Saul, Henris Sauerstoffmaschine, die achtmal in der Minute Luft in ihn hineinstößt und wieder heraussaugt. Das ist die Wirklichkeit.“

Zitat, Seite 370

Es gibt Geschichten, die dich mit unverminderter Wucht ins Leben schmeißen. Dies hier ist so eine. Denn Nina Georges neuestes Werk ist schonungslos. Es ist schicksalsgetränkt, dramatisch und ergreifend schön zugleich. Eine Geschichte, wi
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Nancy
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written story with unforgettable characters navigating through the many questions that connect us to our world and each other. Having lived through most of the experiences in this story I felt that Ms. George does indeed understand the struggle we all face in being human. A Must Read.

Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this incredible story!
Theresa Smith
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Book of Dreams was published in Germany four years ago, but is only now being released as an English translation. In the April edition of Good Reading magazine, Nina George talks about her own experiences with the rare neurological condition of synaesthesia. After writing nearly 30 books under five different pen names, The Book of Dreams is the first time she’s written about the condition. I have to say, reading that Nina herself is a synesthete really added a layer of credibility to this no ...more
Booklunatic
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leseexe, e-books-read
4,5 Sterne

Nina George fließen so schöne Sätze aus der Feder wie ich es sonst wirklich nur von wenigen anderen Autorinnen und Autoren kenne. Man möchte sich geradezu hineinlegen und weich darauf betten.

Ich mochte die Figuren so gerne, mein heimlicher Favorit war allerdings eine Nebenfigur: Scott! Und dann die humorvollen popkulturellen Anspielungen, die sich so mühelos in die ja eigentlich eher traurige und ernste Geschichte einfügten. Auch das Hauptthema des Romans hat mich berührt und wird wohl
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Monique
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Een zeer boeiend thema wordt in dit boek bij de kop gevat. De uitwerking kon her en der mijn aandacht echter niet helemaal vasthouden. De laatste 100 blz. las ik dan weer in sneltreinvaart. Ontroerende plot!
Lisa Burgess
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried.
Es wäre falsch, diesem Buch keine 4,5 Sterne zu geben, das könnte ich nicht fertig bringen. An den Schreibstil musste ich mich erst gewöhnen, obwohl gerade die erste Seite UND Schreibstil Grund war, das Buch spontan zu kaufen. Es hat mich sehr gefesselt. Über ein paar Dinge hätte ich gerne mehr erfahren, in ein paar andere Dinge konnte ich mich nicht so gut hineinversetzen. But that's reading. Gleichzeitig war es sehr anstrengend zu lesen, weil mein Papa vor etwa einem Jahr auch im Koma
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Cindy
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
"Nichts "passiert" einfach so. Es gibt die Möglichkeit, sich zu entscheiden. Ob man lügt. Oder die Wahrheit sagt. Ob man ein Arschloch ist. Oder nicht."
Nina George

Nina George fordert in ihren Büchern immer viel von mir. Sie schreibt so schön, so echt, so voller Liebe und Schmerz. Ich spüre das beim Lesen dieses Buches fast körperlich. Es tut weh und es macht zufrieden, mal tost ein Sturm durch einen hindurch, mal leuchtet alles vor Glück.
So zu schreiben, ist eine große Gabe und dies lesen zu d
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Binchen
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein wundervolles Buch - mit vielen tollen Formulierungen - und Stimmungen - selbst die Nebenfiguren sind ausgezeichnet ... - Das Buch muss ich unbedingt auch nochmal hören ...
Kim
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book captivated me right from the beginning. It is a tough subject; what happens to us when we die; is there life after death, is there an alternative reality, or parallel worlds that happen along side the one we live in? Subjects that have always grabbed my attention and made me think hard about how little we know of truth and reality.

Henri is a war correspondent. His 13 year-old son Sam is a synesthete and has an IQ of 144. Sam sent Henry a note and asked to meet him for an event at his s
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Suziey
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-to-read
True Rating: 4.75/5

Sam, Henri, Madelyn, and Edwina's lives intertwine in a most unexpected way. This novel focuses on life, death, and everything in between as Henri and Madelyn are both coma patients in the same hospital. And surprisingly, they also exist in the same in-between state. We get the viewpoints of all 4 characters thus giving us an interesting, and profound perspective on everything. It's a soulful, heartbreaking, oddly uplifting novel.

The writing is lyrical. Everything I've come to
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Kristen Beverly
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really beautifully written book about dreams and the end of life.
Kim
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Started out great, slogged through the middle, and the ending was so very disappointing. After sticking with the characters for that long the choices made by Henri in the end made no sense. What a let down.

There is a great tone to the start of the book and I think the author had a good concept but ultimately this book just let me down.

My copy was provided by NetGalley for review.
Nicigirl85
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Titel: Das traurigste Buch, was ich jemals gelesen habe...

Nachdem mich Nina George bereits mit "Das Lavendelzimmer" und Jean Bagnol Krimis verzaubern konnte, verwundert es kaum, dass ich zum Traumbuch griff und voller Vorfreude mit der Lektüre begann. Eins sage ich gleich vorweg: Lagert Taschentücher nicht allzu fern von eurem Leseort.

In der Geschichte geht es um Henri, Eddie und Sam. Henri liegt im Koma, sein Sohn Sam lernt ihn so das erste Mal kennen und Henris ehemalige Liebste Eddie steht vo
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Mikka Gottstein
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Handlung:

»Ich liebe dich, ich will dich, für immer und darüber hinaus, für dieses und für alle anderen Leben.«
»Ich dich nicht.«

Manchmal sind es die dramatischen Ereignisse, oft sind es aber auch die unbedachten Entscheidungen, die zu Wendepunkten im Leben werden; die Weichen werden neu gestellt, und danach gibt es kein Zurück mehr. Ein einziges kleines Wort hätte für Henri Skinner alles verändern können: wie wäre sein Leben verlaufen, hätte er stattdessen mit »Ich dich auch« geantwortet?

Das B
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Wendy
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book of Dreams shepherds with an enigmatic touch, gently coaxing its colourful personalities out of the darkest places and back toward the light. It patrols the border of life and death, dipping its toe into a sea of unknowns where the divided unite to save themselves, and perhaps each other.

The main stage for this story is an intensive care ward, ‘home’ to a cerebrally-animated coma patient whose unconscious reveries are unexpectedly uplifting.

Providing support to the outwardly lifeless Hen
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Sarah
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book of Dreams was a book that in its own way danced through my dreams. I didn’t know what to expect when I first picked up this novel. It looked interesting but I wasn’t certain if I would like the book or not and I was pleasantly surprised. The book switches between three different points of view, Henri, Sam, and Eddie.

Sam’s point of view is the most straight forward and in many ways he is the main focus of the entire book. He is a teenager who has never met his father, but goes to see hi
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Jess Clayton
The Book of Dreams is a tough read, y'all. The subject matter within it challenged me to the highest degree. I wasn't prepared. This type of book, full of speculation, is not what I enjoy reading; it's too much work. I still don't know if I fully "got it" but I feel like I got the gist. It deals with consciousness and whether we can communicate with each other in each other's dreams, in a kind of an alternate connection. By that I mean, communicating with someone while in a coma. I wasn't exactl ...more
Sherrie
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This charming tale in The Book of Dreams by Nina George, is a remembered romance as she watches over him in a coma and maybe both of them, during those 45 days, relives that romance as well as a son watching over a father in a coma builds up a relationship of the 13 years they haven't know each other. The book begins with Henri, a man who has left a woman he loved and never knew the son he had, dives off a bridge to save a young girl fallen from a boat only to be crashed by a car when he gets he ...more
Jessica
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Probably a 4.5 but I'll round up because it's so unique. What a captivating and bewitching tale, a meditation on life and death and the in between, a meandering glimpse of parallel universes that tells us what happens if we made a different decision, chose a different path. An immersion into the senses and beyond our senses, an emotional journey of emotions, love and friendship. I'm still thinking about it and finding it hard to put into words the power of this book. I'm guessing it won't be for ...more
Bree
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
DEATH. FATE. WHIMSY.
not usually a book that i would pick up. but i heard someone describe the storyline and i knew i had to read it. the story was enveloping and interesting. the writing was flowery and philosophical. the characters were full and dimensional. however, after the halfway point, things got a bit draggy. on top of that, i saw where the plot of this book was going even before i started it and the ending wrapped up super quickly. so that was a tad disappointing. overall, it’s a nice r
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Melanie
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die Geschichte handelt von Henry, der auf dem Weg zu seinem Sohn ist, von Edwinna, einer erfolgreichen Verlegerin und dem 13-jährigen Sam, der Farben sehen kann. Was alle verbindet wird dem Leser schon zu Beginn offenbart. Dennoch kann das Buch dank der wundervollen Sprache der Autorin und den Protagonisten unterhalten und begeistern.

Es gibt nicht viele Bücher, bei denen ich weinen muss. 2016 ist mir das bei genau zweien passiert und es traf mich unvorbereitet. Beim Traumbuch hatte ich beim Lese
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Alison
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this author, her books are always so interesting.
Henri Skinner, a man in a coma, after saving a young girl and then having been hit by a car.
Eddie, a love from the past, who could never forget Henri.
thirteen year old Sam, who is Henri's son and who is a synesthete and who never really knew his father.
Maddie ,a twelve year old girl who is unresponsive after an accident where she lost the rest of her family.
These are the main characters in this story.
The books deals with a lot of emotion
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Born 1973 in Bielefeld, Germany, Nina George is a prize-winning and bestselling author (“Das Lavendelzimmer” – “The Little Paris Bookshop”) and freelance journalist since 1992, who has published 26 books (novels, mysteries and non-fiction) as well as over hundred short stories and more than 600 columns. George has worked as a cop reporter, columnist and mana
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