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Memory and Dream
     

Memory and Dream

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by Charles de Lint
 

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Studying under painter Vincent Rushkin, young artist Isabelle becomes so adept that her paintings take on a life of their own. This riveting novel is about the power of art; about love, loyalty and the depths of friendship; innocence, cruelty, greed & denial; and the intertwining of these. It’s about facing buried memories and dreams, and ultimately, the

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Studying under painter Vincent Rushkin, young artist Isabelle becomes so adept that her paintings take on a life of their own. This riveting novel is about the power of art; about love, loyalty and the depths of friendship; innocence, cruelty, greed & denial; and the intertwining of these. It’s about facing buried memories and dreams, and ultimately, the fragility and strength of the human spirit.

In the bohemian city of Newford, young Isabelle Copley becomes the chosen student of the brilliant, yet reclusive artist Vincent Rushkin. In the course of her arduous training, Isabelle becomes so adept that her paintings take on a life of their own. But her mentor’s cruelty brings such tragedy to Isabelle and her creations that she turns her back on her talent and buries her emotions, memories and dreams in a web of denial.
Now, twenty years later, Isabelle must face a past that she has long denied, and once again unlock the slumbering power of her brush. In a dark reckoning with her old master, she must find the courage to unravel her delusions, live out her dreams, and bring the magic of her art back to life.

Unique to this Triskell Press edition is a new (2014) afterword by Charles de Lint discussing how art has affected his writing, and this book in particular.

Review excerpts:
It is hard to imagine urban fantasy done better than it is by de Lint at his best, and this book shows his imagination and craft at their highest levels.
…de Lint's folkloric scholarship is as outstanding as ever; he never lets it slide into academicism or pretension. Memory and Dream deserves the highest recommendation and the widest readership. Consider it a mandatory acquisition for any self-respecting fantasy collection.
- Booklist, 10/01/94, American Library Association

The Otherworld tends to lurk just out of sight in de Lint's works, waiting for some chink to appear in the facade of his characters' lives and allow its spirits entry. (Memory & Dream) is no exception; here fantastic creatures gain access to the bohemian village of Newford through the work of Isabelle, a talented young painter. Apprenticing herself to the troll-like master painter Rushkin, Isabelle learns to paint amazing creatures – creations that subsequently take on a (possibly evil) life of their own. When circumstances cause a friend's message to reach out to her from beyond the grave, Isabelle must confront her own delusional revisionist history and decide if she has the strength to use her art, and the courage to do what she must. While Isabelle's delusions and the book's implication that artists are superior beings become somewhat repetitious, de Lint is otherwise in top form here. His multi-voiced, time-shifting narrative (the story spans 20 years) beautifully evokes a sense of creative community, making it almost possible to believe that the rarified aesthetic atmosphere might well be capable of conjuring up a spirit or two.
- Publishers Weekly, 10/03/1994

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Otherworld tends to lurk just out of sight in DeLint's (Moonheart; Spiritwalk) works, waiting for some chink to appear in the facade of his characters' lives and allow its spirits entry. This latest work is no exception; here fantastic creatures gain access to the bohemian village of Newford through the work of Isabelle, a talented young painter. Apprenticing herself to the troll-like master painter Rushkin, Isabelle learns to paint amazing creatures-creations that subsequently take on a (possibly evil) life of their own. When circumstances cause a friend's message to reach out to her from beyond the grave, Isabelle must confront her own delusional revisionist history and decide if she has the strength to use her art, and the courage to do what she must. While Isabelle's delusions and the book's implication that artists are superior beings become somewhat repetitious, DeLint is otherwise in top form here. His multi-voiced, time-shifting narrative (the story spans 20 years) beautifully evokes a sense of creative community, making it almost possible to believe that the rarified aesthetic atmosphere might well be capable of conjuring up a spirit or two. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Five years after the untimely death of writer and social activist Kathy Mully, two of her longtime friends-editor Alan Grant and artist Isabelle Copley-come together to publish a final edition of Mully's stories, unaware that they are about to bridge the gap between the real world and the realm that lies just beyond most humans' perceptions. In his latest crossover, de Lint (Moonheart, LJ 3/1/94) returns to the fictional Canadian town of Newford, where magical creatures coexist (for those who can see them) with ordinary citizens. He moves gracefully through the borders between reality and imagination, weaving a powerful tale about the relationship between an artist and her work. A strong addition to fantasy collections.
From the Publisher

“In de Lint's capable hands, modern fantasy becomes something more than escapism. It becomes folk song, the stuff of urban myth.” —The Phoenix Gazette

“It is hard to imagine urban fantasy done better than it is by de Lint at his best, and this book shows his imagination and craft at their highest levels. . . . Deserves the highest recommendation and the widest readership.” —Booklist on Memory and Dream

“A novel of scope and ambition . . . The glamour and wonder of his earliest novels has matured into a book of sophisticated and human concern.” —Science Fiction Age on Memory and Dream

“Top form . . . His multi-voiced, time-shifting narrative beautifully evokes a sense of creative community, making it almost possible to believe that the rarified aesthetic atmosphere might well be capable of conjuring up a spirit or two.” —Publishers Weekly on Memory and Dream

“Charles de Lint is a master of contemporary fantasy and nowhere is that more apparent than here … A pleasure to read.” —KLIATT on Memory and Dream

“[De Lint] moves gracefully through the borders between reality and imagination, weaving a powerful tale about the relationship between an artist and her work. A strong addition to fantasy collections.” —Library Journal on Memory and Dream

“A novel of scope and ambition . . . The glamour and wonder of his earliest novels has matured into a book of sophisticated and human concern.” —Science Fiction Age on Memory and Dream

“De Lint is as engaging a stylist as Stephen King, but considerably more inventive and ambitious.” —Toronto Globe and Mail

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045681131
Publisher:
Charles de Lint
Publication date:
02/06/2014
Series:
Newford Series
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
177,803
File size:
679 KB

Meet the Author

Charles de Lint is a full-time writer and musician who makes his home in Ottawa, Canada. This author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children’s books has won the World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, and White Pine awards, among others. Modern Library's Top 100 Books of the 20th Century poll, voted on by readers, put eight of de Lint's books among the top 100. De Lint is also a poet, artist, songwriter, performer and folklorist, and he writes a monthly book-review column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. For more information, visit his web site at www.charlesdelint.com.

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Memory and Dream 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite books. I have reread the book more than 20 times. I love the characters he creates a reality that is vivid and alive.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Memory and Dream Charles De Lint Tor Orb, Feb 2007, $15.95 ISBN: 0765316781 --- In Newford, former art apprentice to cruel genius Vincent Rushkin, Isabelle Copley learned she had an uncanny skill to paint images that seemed so real, they became animated. Isabelle brought to life those who reside in the spirit realm with her art. However, she became frightened of her skill and fled her talent and her town. --- Five years ago, writer Kathy Mully tragically died. From the beyond, she warns her friend Isabelle that her creations from two decades ago are causing harm and that she must confront what she wrought. Unable to deny Kathy as she knows too deeply what happened to her friend, Isabelle begins the catharsis of truth. Native American John Sweetgrass, also a friend of the late Kathy, helps the artist who must confront her evil former master by accepting her love for John, the star of many of her drawings. --- Shifting viewpoints and eras, Charles De Lint provides an excellent Newford thriller that will persuade the most skeptical that the small northern town not only exists, but also contains powers from beyond the mortal plane. The cast drives the exhilarating plot as Isabelle must confront what she has denied of her past. Readers will enjoy this fine thriller as Mr. De Lint writes a tremendous horror fantasy. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
While in the book Isabelle's paintings come to life, for me this story came to life. It made me want to believe it. The way de Lint writes his characters is so real, you can't help but relate to their pain and long for the magic they have in their lives. It made me appreciate my own art, and think that maybe it has a life of its own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the second book I have read by De Lint and it is a very excellent book. I loved the characters and was really drawn into the book. It was a book I wished would never end.