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Stone, Oliver

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ISBN 10: 0312167989 / ISBN 13: 9780312167981
Published by St. Martin's Press, 1997
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Stone, Oliver. A CHILD'S NIGHT DREAM. NY: St. Martin's Press, c1997. First edition, First printing. 236pp, Lg. 8vo, As new hardbound in d/w, Signed by the author,. Bookseller Inventory # 42510

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Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Alienated from his family and from American society, a troubled young man abandons his parents and his education to embark on a hellish odyssey of self-discovery that takes him into a nightmare world of bars, psychedelic drugs, the merchant marines, and madness


Anyone who is a fan of Oliver Stone's films already knows the role Vietnam has played in both his personal and public lives. He's made three films about the war and its aftermath: Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, and Heaven and Earth; now he has also penned a novel that skirts the borders of autobiography--the hero, after all, is called Oliver. The novel grew out of three major experiences in young Oliver's life: his time as a civilian teacher in a Saigon Catholic school, his return to America aboard a merchant marine ship, and his eventual return to Vietnam as a soldier.

Stone originally wrote this novel in 1966 at the age of 19. In a fit of frustration and despair after numerous rejections from publishers, Stone "threw several sections of the manuscript into the East River one cold night, and, as if surgically removing the memory of the book from my mind, volunteered for the Vietnam of 1967." For many years, the remaining sections of the manuscript lay forgotten in a shoebox, until eventually Stone recovered them, rewrote the novel, and published it this year.

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