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Dream Town   By: (1927-2002)

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Dream Town by Henry Slesar is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that takes readers on a journey through the complexities of dreams, desires, and human nature. Set in the idyllic town of Pleasantville, the story unravels the dark underbelly of this seemingly perfect community.

The narrative follows the experiences of John Abbott, a disillusioned advertising executive who stumbles upon a hidden aspect of Pleasantville. As John starts to explore this secretive world, he discovers that the inhabitants have the ability to manipulate and control their dreams. This newfound power offers them the chance to create their ideal lives, free from any limitations. However, as John delves deeper, he realizes that the pursuit of perfection and total control comes at a steep cost.

Slesar's writing style is engrossing and vivid, enticing readers into a world where dreams and reality intertwine. The author skillfully builds suspense, gradually revealing the disturbing consequences of living in a dream town. As the story progresses, the line between dreams and reality becomes increasingly blurred, leaving readers questioning their own perception of the world.

One of the highlights of Dream Town is its examination of human nature and desire. Slesar delves into the theme of escapism, showing how individuals yearning for a perfect life can be trapped in their own fantasies. Through his well-developed characters, the author explores the profound psychological effects of living in an artificial dream world, ultimately questioning the true nature of happiness and fulfillment.

Furthermore, Slesar's exploration of the power dynamics within Pleasantville adds an intriguing layer to the narrative. The residents' ability to shape their dreams not only raises ethical questions but also uncovers the underlying tensions and divisions present in the community. This aspect of the book adds depth and complexity to the story, keeping readers engaged and eager to uncover the secrets of Dream Town.

One aspect where the book could have benefited is the pacing. At times, the story feels slightly rushed, with certain plot twists and character developments unfolding too conveniently. Taking more time to fully explore the consequences and emotions of certain events could have added greater impact and resonance to the overall narrative.

Despite this minor flaw, Dream Town is a captivating novel that invites readers to reflect on the nature of reality, human desires, and the pursuit of happiness. With its blend of mystery, psychological depth, and social commentary, Henry Slesar's book is an intriguing exploration of dreams gone wrong. It is a must-read for anyone who relishes thought-provoking literature that challenges our understanding of the human psyche.

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Henry Slesar, young New York advertising executive and by now no longer a new comer to either this magazine or to this field, describes a strange little town that you, yourself, may blunder into one of these evenings. But, if you do, beware beware of the Knights!

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The woman in the doorway looked so harmless. Who was to tell she had some rather startling interests?

The woman in the doorway looked like Mom in the homier political cartoons. She was plump, apple cheeked, white haired. She wore a fussy, old fashioned nightgown, and was busily clutching a worn house robe around her expansive middle. She blinked at Sol Becker's rain flattened hair and hang dog expression, and said: "What is it? What do you want?"

"I'm sorry " Sol's voice was pained. "The man in the diner said you might put me up. I had my car stolen: a hitchhiker; going to Salinas ..." He was puffing.

"Hitchhiker? I don't understand." She clucked at the sight of the pool of water he was creating in her foyer. "Well, come inside, for heaven's sake. You're soaking!"

"Thanks," Sol said gratefully.

With the door firmly shut behind him, the warm interior of the little house covered him like a blanket. He shivered, and let the warmth seep over him. "I'm terribly sorry... Continue reading book >>

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