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A novel in dreams. A book of broken verse. An interrupted sleep. The narrator, Lee, dreams nightly of S., through storms and cities, through meadows and quarrels.
trade paperback, 79 pages
Published December 20th 2007 by Broken Jaw Press
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Jeff Bursey
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
More 3 3/4 stars, really. Most dream books, or books of dreams, fail to grip me, usually because they're much too solemn and the dreams are laid out at length. Well, that's understandable, they are the character's dreams, and novelists like to stretch out. Thompson has a better sense of humour and a greater interest in concision, as well as an interest in leaving things vague or cloudy, as a dream would be. You can read some things into the dreams presented in this novel and there are some ...more
Sarah Butland
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very different way of telling a story in novel format, Lee literally tells us who S. is through the characters in [xxx] dreams. What's different about this novel is that, like our dreams and nightmares, it doesn't always make complete sense nor does it give enough details in relation to the characters.

I did find myself more aware of the author, an acquaintance of mine, and the world of creativity behind a whole new world of story telling.

Overall the book, the story, the concept intrigued me
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Jesse
Jun 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
S., a novel in [xxx:] dreams is an interesting exploration of the shifting ways in which our dreams function. The impression given is that despite the ever-changing rules of the dreamworld (people changing into other people, rooms being two places at the same time),it is so often interchangeable with the waking world, of events, love, and loss.

There is something extremely intimate in S. , to the point where it becomes a John Malkovichesque discomfort of being in the protagonist's skin.

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Gerard Collins
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thompson succeeds in his goal of presenting a novel through dreams, completing the story as much by what he leaves out as by what he includes. It's even more fun and more compelling on second reading. The writing is as good as any you'll read and better than most. Just because he doesn't tell you everything doesn't mean he can't choose the perfect word or image to provoke a response. I just wish there'd been more of it - not necessarily more detail, just more story. If I were to compare it to a ...more
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It reminds me of many fictional disconnections, including Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled, and some of John Barth’s tidewater tales. Most of all, at the moment, it puts me in the same neighbourhood as Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. But it is all its own, beyond its resonances. Lee Thompson captures a dream/nightmare scape that is almost as bizarre as real life. Definitely recommended.
Lee Thompson
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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In which the author attempts to create, using only his dreams (obsessive on subject), a story through the after-image. In which the author decides to stand back and say here, with as little conscious interference as possible, is what happens when love fractures.

Is this fiction or non-fiction? Biography or autobiography? Prose or poetry?
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My fiction has been published in five anthologies, including Random House’s Victory Meat, New Fiction from Atlantic Canada and Vagrant Press’s The Vagrant Revue of New Fiction, and in more than a dozen literary journals across Canada and the US. First novel, S. a novel in [xxx] dreams, was published in 2008 by Broken Jaw Press. mouth human must die was published by Frog Hollow Press in 2017.

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