Title: A Child's Night Dream : A Novel
Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
FINE/FINE unread copy protected by Archival Brodart cover. Slight sticker residue on front loose end paper. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000724
Synopsis: A Child's Night Dream is an arresting novel that seethes with rage, writhes with pain and searches for a psychic unity that forever eludes its protagonist, young Oliver Stone. Like Dean Moriarty in On the Road, the fictional Oliver is alienated from the stultifying American nation in which he lives. Abandoning his parents and his Ivy League education, he flees towards a hell far more brutal than he could have ever imagined -- a world of barroom whores, psychedelic drugs, and killing fields of indescribable proportion. His head torn apart, his emotions sundered, he begins an epic journey that will lead him through the merchant marines, an unceremonious return to American soil, and a flight into madness south of the border into Mexico.
A Child's Night Dream is a voyage into the unconscious mind, a work that celebrates the power of dream, which can propel both the protagonist and the reader to the brink of reality and then veer back to calmer waters. It is an extraordinary trip that no reader will soon forget.
Review: 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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