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Memory and Dream (Newford book 1) (1994 original; edició 1995)

de Charles De Lint

Sèrie: Newford Stories (5)

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The story of a Isabelle Copley who paints creatures which not only look as though they could step from the canvas into life, but actually do. And once they do they have a will of their own.
Membre:nocturnish
Títol:Memory and Dream (Newford book 1)
Autors:Charles De Lint
Informació:Tom Doherty Assoc Llc (1995), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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Etiquetes:charles de lint, fantasy, urban fantasy, newford, unread

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Memory and Dream de Charles de Lint (1994)

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    Dreams Underfoot: A Newford Collection de Charles de Lint (Kerian)
    Kerian: Memory and Dream takes place before Dreams Underfoot. A difference is that it's a novel versus a collection of short stories. If you wish to continue with short stories in this series, The Ivory and the Horn is the next short story collection.… (més)
  2. 10
    Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale de Charles de Lint (Kerian)
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This was a bit of slow starter for me, but Charles de Lint is good at making the separate parts join together into a climactic whole. There was a particular passage that I felt summed up the creative process beautifully. "...the only lasting venues for any form of art are dream and memory; inspiration leaps from the former to be eventually stored in the latter." Each person brings their own experiences to the interpretation of the art, but it is never truly owned by any one person. In that aspect the creation of art and living a life are a similar process. Never quite the same for any two people, but hopefully some common ground can be found. None of this touches on the actual plot of the story, or the characters, but it does touch on what I think of as the soul of the book, or more appropriately, the spirit of it. Once we create something, it takes on a life of its own, and at that point, trying to control it is folly at best. ( )
  quickmind | Aug 22, 2020 |
I love this book so much that any words I wrote could never do it justice. For a long time I was convinced Charles de Lint was a woman using a man's name...that's how well he sees into the female heart and mind when he writes. His books are beautiful, magical and heart-breakingly accurate when it comes to love. ( )
1 vota booksandcats4ever | Jul 30, 2018 |
Isabelle, an artist, and Kathy, a writer, are best friends in university in the early 1970s. Izzy is studying under a well-renowned artist, Rushkin. What she's learning is that her painting, as do Rushkin's, can bring the characters to life. 20 years later, Kathy has been dead for 5 years, but always wanted Izzy to illustrate one of her books. When Izzy agrees, some of those characters begin to reappear, along with their evil doppelgangers.

The book alternates back and forth between the 70s and the 90s, and it's done very well, the way the story interweaves between the two time periods. I really liked them both and was kept wanting to keep reading. ( )
1 vota LibraryCin | Jan 25, 2017 |
I keep reading de Lint's books, and almost loving them. But I never quite do. I spent some time today thinking about why, and I think it's that, although I like the type of people he tends to feature as characters, and I tend to agree with many of his themes, I think that what he wants to "say" comes before his actual story.
Some books, one feels that the action springs from the characters and who they are - in de Lint's, I feel that he's almost walking them through it.

"Memory and Dream" is about a young art student who meets a famous, reclusive artist. He becomes her mentor - but is also controlling and abusive. But - he teaches her a technique of painting that allows her to open a gateway through her paintings, allowing creatures of magic to "step through" and take physical form in our world.

Years later, she has rejected this ability - and through both memories and illusions, we see the story of why - in a tale that involves her best friend's death, friends estranged, hidden child abuse, and a foundation to help troubled kids through art... but also magical beings.

When, five years after her friend's death, a letter that was delayed in the mail arrives, a chain of events is set in motion that will bring all of both the magic and trauma of the past back to be dealt with, and she will realize evil secrets may be deeper than she ever knew.

Actually, that seems to be one of de Lint's themes that I disagree with. If I recall correctly, "Forests of the Heart" had a similar thing going on - someone that people always made excuses for, but who turned out to be PURE EVIL. de Lint seems to be hinting that there isn't such a thing as a flawed person, with both bad and good in them - it's either good or evil, and what people do is just kid themselves that these people aren't really evil. And moreover, I feels there's an agenda behind the writing, to encourage readers to kick those flawed, depressed or controlling/manipulative/abusive people out of their lives. Not that I'm saying that people shouldn't ditch such people - but I think one can recognize an unhealthy relationship without going to the "PURE EVIL!" extreme.

When all the characters fall into "types" (artistic but emotionally sensitive/gullible student, abusive and powerful mentor, rape victim, child abuse victim, well-meaning and kind black social worker, honorable and justice-seeking Native American, good-at-heart gang members, troubled children who are victims of society, etc) it begins to feel a little preachy, and a little idealistic. In this book, I didn't just feel like I was reading a story about people who wanted to run a non-profit agency to help street kids, I felt like I was being exhorted to donate time and money to such charities.
I think the reason for this is that although such "troubled kids" appear in the book, none of them make more than two-dimensional, cameo appearances. It gives the feeling of do-gooders proffering charity, rather than offering insight into what it might be like to grow up on the streets. The brief flashback into the abused character's being forced into child porn really didn't ring true, either...

Hmm. I'm sounding a little harsh now. I did actually like this book. I've read a lot of de Lint's books, and I'll read more. I like the way he meshes magic with a 'modern bohemian' setting. But a message is more effective when more subtly given... ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Wow. How did I not know about this author before?? So good -- the characters, the way the story unfolds, the tension and suspense -- all of it. 5 stars for sure. ( )
  emblue | Jan 3, 2016 |
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