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Lincoln's Dreams (1987)

av Connie Willis

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Jeff Johnston, a young historical researcher, leads Annie through the old battlefields of the Civil War, hoping to help her find a cure for her haunting nightmares.
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For Jeff Johnston, a young historical researcher for a Civil War novelist, reality is redefined on a bitter cold night near the close of a lingering winter. He meets Annie, an intense and lovely young woman suffering from vivid, intense nightmares. Haunted by the dreamer and her unrelenting dreams, Jeff leads Annie on an emotional odyssey through the heartland of the Civil War in search of a cure. On long-silenced battlefields their relationship blossoms-two obsessed lovers linked by unbreakable chains of history, torn by a duty that could destroy them both. Suspenseful, moving, and highly compelling, Lincoln's Dreams is a novel of rare imaginative power.
  Daniel464 | Oct 12, 2021 |
I have a friend who raved about Willis, so I gave her a shot. I liked the concept, the idea that you can have other peoples dreams, but I the characters left me cold. I never felt like I understood what triggered the dreams. Still, not a bad start. I can see that she's got the goods, not she needs to use them to tell a better story. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
I found the premise of this novel to be incredibly fascinating, and dove right into the book. Dreams have always been fascinating to me, and reading about what others think they mean, and why they have them is also - if you'll pardon the overuse of a single word - fascinating.
I enjoyed this book throughout it; and I liked the characters and the storyline just enough to keep reading through the night, until it was finished. And while the characters were pale imitations of others that Willis has written in other novels, they still struck a slight chord for me. (Yes, even Annie, who needed someone/anyone to take care of her). Mostly Braun and Traveller, but that's ok with me. It was a nice, rainy night's read, it expected little to no agonizing/thinking/feeling about anything difficult for me, and I enjoyed it.
the ending was way too vague for me, though. I have NO idea what happened to Annie at the end, and then Jeff's announcement at the end was confusing to me, and the novel or author didn't elucidate. If you know what happened to Annie, or what Jeff meant by his pronouncement, please let me know? I'd appreciate that a lot.
Meanwhile, I will give this novel 3.5 stars, and recommend it to those who adore Connie Willis and everything she writes. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
A long-time research assistant for a man who writes Civil War fiction becomes entangled with a young woman who is apparently having Robert E. Lee's dreams (despite the title). Jeff thinks he can help her because he knows a LOT about the events, and, being in Virginia, they are surrounded by the battlefields. As the dreams get worse and Annie starts to have physical symptoms, Jeff races against time to find the reason for the dreams before they do her permanent damage.

I devoured this story, although there were one or two things I questioned. Most unconvincing was that Jeff seemed to do most of his research in small public libraries, often dragging along his own sources to use. There's no way he wouldn't have known about the major libraries in the area, including collections at the battlefield national parks. (The book was written in the 1980s, so the Internet isn't mentioned.) When Jeff meets Annie she's living with and under the care of an old college roommate of his who is theoretically treating her for the dreams. The man is completely unprofessional, and I really couldn't get a grip on why he did the things he did. Also, there are numerous excerpts from the novel Jeff's employer is writing, and I didn't get that at all. As far as I could tell, before I starting skipping them, they add nothing to the story.

Still, the book certainly kept my interest, and while the ending is not what I expected or hoped for, it made a lot of sense within the storyline. ( )
  auntmarge64 | Mar 7, 2019 |
It's 100% Connie Willis' standard plot, and maybe it's that I've read too many of those so far, or maybe it's that I don't care about the Civil War so much, but this one worked only so-so for me. Still, she's always an entertaining and gripping writer. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
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