How the Dead Dream

How the Dead Dream As a wealthy young real estate developer in Los Angeles T lives an isolated life He has always kept his distance from people from his doting mother to his crass fraternity brothers but remains unawa

  • Title: How the Dead Dream
  • Author: Lydia Millet
  • ISBN: 9780156035460
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Paperback
  • As a wealthy, young real estate developer in Los Angeles, T lives an isolated life He has always kept his distance from people from his doting mother to his crass fraternity brothers but remains unaware of his loneliness until one night, while driving to Las Vegas, he hits a coyote on the highway The experience unnerves him and inspires a transformation that leads TAs a wealthy, young real estate developer in Los Angeles, T lives an isolated life He has always kept his distance from people from his doting mother to his crass fraternity brothers but remains unaware of his loneliness until one night, while driving to Las Vegas, he hits a coyote on the highway The experience unnerves him and inspires a transformation that leads T to question his business pursuits for the first time in his life, to take a chance at falling in love, and finally to begin breaking into zoos across the country, where he finds solace in the presence of animals on the brink of extinction.A beautiful, heart wrenching tale, How the Dead Dream is also a riveting commentary on individualism and community in the modern social landscape and how the lives of people and animals are deeply entwined Judged by many including the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post Book World to be Millet s best work to date, it is, as Time Out New York perfectly states This beautiful writer s most ambitious novel yet, a captivating balancing act between full bodied satire and bighearted insight.

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    1. Lydia Millet

      Lydia Millet born December 5, 1968 is an American novelist and conservationist Her third novel, My Happy Life, won the 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, and she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as well as a Guggenheim fellow, among other honors Laura Miller of Salon has described Millet s writing as always flawlessly beautiful, reaching for an experience that precedes language itself Millet has written books and stories that range from the philosophical to the satirical, on matters including the inventors of the atom bomb, political culture under George H.W Bush, the discovery of mermaids in a coral reef and the crises of extinction and climate change She lives in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona with her two children and works for the Center for Biological Diversity.

    171 thoughts on “How the Dead Dream”

    1. I had so much trouble writing this review and I finally figured out why. I went into this book super excited, since it was recommended by a friend who always gives me bingos. As I started it, 4 stars. Great language, interesting character, good story development.But WTF? The Kindle edition is a mess! This isn’t the author’s fault; the book is grammatically sound. But I have to say she does use A LOT of dashes, which can get on your nerves. But horror of horrors, in the Kindle version, all th [...]


    2. Incredible, amazing read. Such a powerful story, one that still has me reflecting. It's told in a remarkable way, feeling as if each word was carefully chosen for the perfect effect.The main character T. (short for Thomas), seems born with a love for money, the mere touch of it, and is drawn to the great men who's pictures he sees on the bills. He grows up to become a land developer, quickly learning the rules of the game. He makes a habit of studying the real motivations behind his investors, o [...]


    3. This is the first book of a trilogy that circles around the concept/theme of extinction. The second novel, GHOST LIGHTS, was released last year. The third, MAFNIFICENCE, is still pending (scheduled for Nov release). The protagonists in the second and third books are minor characters from the first book. Millet's advocacy with endangered species and her graduate degrees in environmental policy and economics inform this novel without clamminess or preachy rhetoric. Her deft, precise language is ly [...]


    4. this phenomenal, mind-blowing book starts quietly with a little boy who worships money -- coins, notes, the touchable stuff. jump forward a few years and he's an über-successful early-20-years-old living in manhattan and devoting his life to the accumulation of capital via real estate speculation and land developing. except this is not the story. the story is about love, in particular about t.'s (the protagonist's name is thomas but the book calls him t.) love for women (his girlfriend, his bes [...]


    5. I really did not find anything redeeming in this book. I have itemized the most annoying points below, but really the whole thing was just a waste of time. 1. We have the overblown, overwritten masturbatory non-sensical language: "He was reminded of the potential for all shackled beasts to break from their bonds and rise, their ragged wings beating, into the stratosphere." What? Shackled beasts are not usually birds (shackled beasts tend to be the grunt workers like mules and horses and oxen, et [...]


    6. i heard lydia millet read the first chapter of this book in a soho cafe, and when she stopped i wanted to crawl to her and wrap myself around her leg and beg her to read the next one. i don't enjoy touching strangers, or most people i know, and generally have no urge to do so. that's how fierce lydia is. she wins you right over in three dimensions. but while reading the book myself, especially toward the end, and most especially at the end, there was no escaping the sensation that lydia was just [...]


    7. The Correspondents #5Hey Lydia!Come on, what do you say to a bit of modern-day metafiction? Do you really believe it breathed its last breath thirty years ago? Or can metafictive novels set in Scotland really find readers in an indifferent marketplace? All right, I know you’re rolling your eyes! But let me pitch some ideas to you. Check out these pearls of originality: 1) A writer struggling to write his novel falls in love then writes his novel2) A writer struggling to write his novel has an [...]


    8. By Marc WeingartenIf Lydia Millet played by the normal rules of social satire, she might have been as large as T.C. Boyle by now. But whereas most satirists are looking for laughs much of the time, regardless of how sharp their knives might be, Millet is more the whimsical polemicist. Her novels are fanciful and surreal; rather than gently nudging everyday life into the realm of fluffy absurdity, she's trying to knock reality upside the head, thus revealing our venal and craven natures to oursel [...]


    9. I have always meant to read Lydia Millet. Instead of starting with her first novel, as I usually do, I decided to begin with the first of her trilogy.How the Dead Dream is an intriguing title. I was expecting something like Kevin Brockmeier's The Brief History of the Dead. I didn't get that but I got something equally astounding and good.A curious mix of dry humor, tragedy, and unique characters makes up the story of T. As a boy he grows up with a reverence for money and institutions. He becomes [...]


    10. A singular reading experience, this is a protean novel in that it keeps changing, not just genre but nearly everything but the prose style. An odd bildungsroman turns into pictures of an odd marriage, an odder obsession, a few odd relationships (and a more ordinary one with a dog), and finally a quest. What holds it together, besides the prose style, is dark satire and a vision of today’s capitalism as destructive in every possible way. The last section didn’t work as well for me as the othe [...]


    11. From the start, I didn't think I was going to care too much for T the guy I was reading about, first seen as a child obsessed with the figures of the stately men that adorn money. I figured it would be a slightly absurd jokey type of character that would illustrate the authors imagination. But before I knew it, fifty pages had flown by, and I really got this guy. How disarmed I was at first by its whimsy made it all the more sneak up on me.That's what Millet does here. She makes you slowly come [...]


    12. Lydia Millet starts this novel out with great humor. The description of T's obsession with money is a great hook. I started to worry a little way into the book that this starting point was going to be overwhelming, that the metaphor would cause the rest of the book to collapse. Millet seems to have no such concern and delves headlong into the narrative. It doesn't take long for those concerns to be put to rest as the characters (especially T.) start to shine. T. turns out to be a very well round [...]


    13. The jacket of this book has a blurb that says "If Kurt Vonnegut were alive, he'd be jealous." I would argue Kurt could write a novel better than this in his current state. I don't think I've ever been less interested to read a book after the first chapter than this. It doesn't get much better.


    14. Heavy-handed and preachy, two-dimensional and unbelievable characters. I would write a more comprehensive review, but I don't want to waste any more of my time on this book than I already have.


    15. Nature can be deceptive. You could be enjoying a cool and nice day at the beach, everything placid and fun, and then you see the tsunami off the shore come hurtling to carry you away. As part of the world's most dominant and intelligent species, you could erect steel and wood towers to live in; build a society of ease and technology until a solar flare hits or an earthquake rumbles, and then you realize all that you built, all that man created for himself is an artificial construct, and that the [...]


    16. I was immediately engaged with this book about extinction, yet I'm having a hard time writing a review. T, as a boy, is fascinated with dollars and the faces on them. He has some Aspergersish features . T is socially alienated, very bright, and attracted to money, only money. He is oblivious to his surroundings except when they will help him get more money. After a rewarding college experience (he makes enough money to buy a house) , T begins a meteoric career in real estate. Although he has man [...]


    17. How the Dead Dream is Lydia Millet's follow up after the excellent Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, one of the best books, I believe, in the 21st Century so far (an opinion that is subject to change on the century and whim).Originally published by Soft Skull Press, How the Dead Dream is the first in a trilogy of interlocking novels about extinction, of which the subsequent two, Ghost Lights and Magnificence were published by Norton. I purchased my copy when it was originally published, but have waited [...]


    18. dug it. the switch of themes from high finance to endangered animals seemed satisfyingly arbitrary and wonderfully personal. two or three oddly artificial and/or melodramatic plot devices mar a very disciplined and beautiful performance. a prose style that i think of almost as stately, which seems to owe a debt to delillo. i haven't read any of her earlier novels, but it makes sense the below (from a bookslut interview with the author)--this move from "hard" to "soft," which concentrates on char [...]


    19. Darkly poetic and disturbing, Millet's novel alternates between the cynical viewpoint of T the real-estate developing protagonist, and empathetic portrayals of the living creatures (both human and animal) that surround him, and gradually become the focus of his obsession. Millet manages to make T an emotionally distant and ultimately lonely man, sympathetic as he becomes increasingly aware of the natural world around him. The genius of Millet's novel is that as we witness T.'s development, we be [...]


    20. This book was such a disappointment -- you definitely can't judge a book by its cover. The first half of the book was uneventful, and any relationships that T. had with others seemed one-dimensional. I wish the author had explored the quirkiness of T.'s mother, father, his girlfriend, Julie and Casey. When Beth died, it didn't matter to me at all, as she seemed so insignificant like an eye floater, some spot moving in the periphery. I also kept reading for T.'s nightly zoo excursions (which drew [...]


    21. Lately I've had trouble writing remarks about books that have had a profound effect on me. I fear being glib or facile (because I am often that with the books I dislike).Not long ago - before I'd read Magnificence, I'd picked up the mistaken impression that Lydia Millet was too quirky for my tastes. T. is an outsider, outlier, replete individual - most others would not have been able to respond to the personal changes, the calls to comprehend .I am not reading the trilogy in order but I've made [...]


    22. moved very slowly. got to chapter 2 and felt like i had read 10. the idea of it was nice. a man dedicated to building and real estate development, tearing out nature to replace it with civilization, re-evaluates his choices and learns to appreciate animals, the earth and what it has to offer. but i did not like the author's writing style. and the part involving his mother was downright depressing.


    23. I just read two novels in a row (the previous was Erdrich's The Bingo Palace) in which the hero found himself in a sticky outdoor situation, and woke up beside a wild animal. Imagine that.


    24. Gorgeous prose, crackling dialogue, mystical, funny, and yet emotionally astute. I found this writer through a summer Tin House issue and am amazed everyone isn't saying her name. A brilliant novel. I want to sneak into her brain, pack a suitcase, and sit down and write.


    25. While I greatly appreciate the messages Millet is conveying here about extinction and how the built environment affects wildlife habitat, the novel feels a bit too much like a vehicle for said ideas, rather than a fully integrated story. Particularly the first half of the novel lacks the solid character development I need to remain engaged in straightforward realist novels. Part of this is due to Millet's passive third-person narration, so much telling in lieu of showing, which renders a glossed [...]


    26. 3.5 Stars. I’m really struggling with how to rate this one. Lydia Millet is undeniably brilliant, and reading a novel like this makes me feel like I’m being dropped into the mind of someone smarter and more insightful than I could ever hope to be. Personally, I gravitate toward that kind of challenge. It’s a privilege, really, to bear witness to such an incredible mind.But if I’m being honest, I didn’t love this book. I loved her themes. I loved the second half of the story. But I didn [...]


    27. This is another book that I loved, but am not sure I can accurately describe why. This novel by Lydia Millet was, in many ways, a complete paradigm. It was a poetic love story and the chronicle of obsession, while constantly balancing in between a comedy and tragedy. Honestly, half of the time I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Either that, or I was very visibly shaken.How the Dead Dream is at once about love and loss, discretion and obsession. It is also an extraordinary tale with twists of [...]


    28. I wasn't really sure what I was getting into with this book. Someone recommended it and so I thought I'd give it a try. I like reading titles that I would never think to seek out on my own.I finished it in one sitting. This book wrapped me in a cocoon of character and words that I didn't want to leave. Millet's prose is poetry - lyrical, beautiful, human. And sardonically funny, which is always good!From the beginning, I was worried that I wasn't going to like the main character. He's set up to [...]


    29. I'm glad I stopped reading the third book and started this one, the first in the trilogy. It will be worth the wait to get to that final volume.Lots of ideas in this book, about how to be both a person in society and also remain connected to the dwindling natural world. I see in other reviews that this book is considered 'comic,' but I don't see it. It has an earnestness and sincerity about itself, the niggling questions about what motivates us in our daily lives, that makes it serious and with [...]


    30. This might be my favorite Millet book. I love the way the beginning makes you believe you are witnessing the origin of one of the great Terrors of Capitalism, and though that's not necessarily wrong, it takes many turns from there the way a life does. Turns out he is so good with money that he bores himself. So what else, what else? Animals.


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