Bartolomeo has become what he's always wanted---a university professor. So why does he want to die? Just as he's about to leap from a building, a mysterious man approaches and gives him a gift---the desire to pursue his dreams. Who is this man, and what painful secret drives his mission? 256 pages, hardcover from Atria.
Augusto Cury is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, scientist and bestselling author. The writer of more than twenty books, Cury is currently one of the most widely read authors in Brazil where he has sold over twelve million books. His books have been published in more than fifty countries. The Dreamseller: The Calling is the recipient of Chinas 2009 Weishanu Award for Best Foreign Novel. Through his work as a theorist in education and philosophy, he created the Theory of Multifocal Intelligence which presents a new approach to the logic of thinking, the process of interpretation and the creation of thinkers. Cury created the School of Intelligence based on this theory. Please visit www.thedreamseller.net.
Psychiatrist Cury's fourth novel combines social commentary and philosophy with a liberal dose of absurdist humor. Julio Lambert stands on the ledge of a 20-story building poised to jump when he's suddenly joined by a mysterious, disheveled stranger, a "dreamseller," whose mission is to convince people to love life. A philosophical dialogue follows as the stranger talks Julio down from the ledge and invites him to become a dreamseller. At first Julio views the journey as a "sociological experiment," but he soon begins to believe. Others join, and the "band of misfits" under the tutelage of the dreamseller visit sites as diverse as an electronics expo, a retirement home, and a funeral, delivering a lesson each place. Citing inspiration from the Magna Carta, Socrates, and Jesus Christ, the dreamseller points out the madness in modern society and invites others to embrace his ideals. As his influence grows, detractors emerge, but he has an answer for everyone, until Megasoft, the corporate monolith and a favorite target of the dreamseller, forces him into a corner. The dreamseller occasionally veers into heavy-handed, preachy territory, and the story's big twist isn't hard to figure out, but Cury's fresh voice and sense of humor keep the platitudes and biblical allegory from overwhelming the delightful story. (Feb.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.
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