I'm the author of six novels, three works of nonfiction, and a short story collection. The best known of these is the novel Ishmael, a million-copy seller in some 25 languages, used in classrooms from midschool to graduate school all over the world in courses as varied as philosophy, geography, history, religion, biology, anthropology, political science, economics, and sociology. Among other things, I founded the Stateville Penitentiary Writers' Workshop in 1969, and served on the Board of Listeners of the World Uranium Hearing, Salzburg, Austria, convened in 1992 to hear testimony of victims of uranium mining, nuclear waste disposal, and nuclear power disasters around the world. I've addressed students and faculty at dozens of high schools, colleges, and universities all over the U.S.
Dreamerby Daniel Quinn
Ishmael, the book I'm best known for, was the
Things are looking great for Greg Donner, a Chicago freelance writer. He's got a terrific project, and he's met the woman of his dreams -- literally, his dreams (though they're rather odd ones). But then, one night, he falls asleep and awakes . . . to the beginning of a nightmare he just can't seem to wake up from. . . .
Ishmael, the book I'm best known for, was the product of a twelve-year struggle. The book right here, Dreamer, was written during the ninth year of that struggle -- more or less to prove to myself that I really WAS a writer. Dreamer's not Ishmael, of course (nothing will ever be Ishmael), but it IS a novel, and reading it with fresh eyes -- as something written by a stranger -- published and forgotten long, long ago, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's a damn good one.
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The world-renowned author Daniel Quinn’s deep-seated interest in abstract expressionism, which first came to light most clearly in his 1988 novel, Dreamer, has once again come to the fore in the reissuing of this cult classic. Despite his intentions that were voiced most adamantly up until a decade ago that he was not overly keen on having the work republished, undoubtedly at least in part being due to its fairly sluggish initial reception, he has now allowed it to be so, as a result of his urging from his strong fan base, which has largely been drawn to his work by his much more widely acclaimed, Turner-award winning novel Ishmael. Unlike the serious, educative effort of said later novel, Quinn’s debut novel is more of a deeply disturbing psychological thriller, in which the major protagonist drifts from sleeping into waking and back again in a cycle of deepening despair and soul-searching. Having much in common with two of Quinn’s later novels, The Holy and After Dachau, the anguish experienced by Greg Donner (his subconscious self, revealed in sleep) embodies the existentialist negativity and sense of destructive psychosis that beleagures and belabours modern man, in his search for self and integrity. The identity of Richard Iles (the protagonist’s waking self) is held captive, firstly, by his turbulent marriage to the emotionally draining and demanding Ginny Winters, and, secondly, by his incarceration in a sanatorium for those suffering from emotional and mental breakdowns. But who is Greg Donner, and who is he not? As his sleeping and waking personae mesh into one, and nightmare seems to become his everyday existence, the real person struggles to emerge from the imagined one, bringing a realization of being to the central character that is both insightful and intriguing. Set in Chicago, in which city Quinn spent over two decades working in editing and publishing prior to his completion of the novel, Dreamer is imbued with the spirit of the place, to which reference is made throughout the novel, but which exemplifies any modern, over-commercialized city in America. Its “dark, deserted streets” bear echoes of other crass cities that essentially rob one of one’s soul if one fails to have the presence of mind to resist their undermining of the spiritual components of one’s being. In a sense, Dreamer figures forth the Everyman of the modern day, and thus has relevance for all those living within a Westernized environment and milieu. The economic collapse of the present-day world, concomitant with the shattering of the dreams of so many, has come to make Dreamer as relevant today as it was when first issued over two decades ago. Perhaps it is now that its importance as a seminal novel of provocative thought and questioning of the existing status quo will be recognized, in keeping with Ellen Datlow’s listing of it as one of the year’s best in her annual review of works of fantasy and horror, and its inclusion in the New York Review of Science Fiction’s “Horror at the End of the Century.”
DREAMER by Daniel Quinn is an interesting,fast paced Psychological Thriller. It has many twists and turns with few predictable moments. A surprising Psychological Thriller related to all things....dreams. What is reality and what is a dream or nightmare as the case may be. Is reality a dream,a nightmare or a little of both? You must read "Dreamer" to find out as you follow,Greg Donner/Richard Iles,and Ginny Winters on a journey of danger,and finding answers that could change Greg/Richard's life forever as well as Ginny's. Move over "Silence of the Lambs" here comes the "Dreamer". Fast paced! But be warned DO NOT read late at night...An intriguing read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Daniel Quinn pens "Dreamer" in a plot that weaves between two different worlds and is filled with mystery, romance, thrills and a touch a humor. With his well developed characters and very vivid descriptions, I was hooked from the beginning to the end. A fantastic read that is highly recommended to all horror and thriller fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
This book takes you on a ride between dream and reality. Our main character Greg goes back and forth from dream to reality that at one point I wasn't even sure I could tell the difference. It was a well written story that had me guessing from first to last page and now that I'm done I'm still trying to figure out if the character was living a dream or reality it was that good. I definite page turner. If you enjoy suspense/mystery/paranormal type books this is a good one to get.