The Sweetest Dream

A Novel

Paperback, 496 pages

English language

Published Dec. 24, 2002 by Harper Perennial.


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4 stars (2 reviews)

PerfectBound e-book extra: "What Has Been, Can Be Again" a speech by the authorIt's the morning of the Sixties and it's suppertime at Freedom Hall, the most welcoming household in North London. Frances Lennox stands at her stove, bringing another feast to readiness before ladling it out to the motley, youthful crew assembled around her hospitable table-her two sons and their friends, girlfriends, ex-friends and new friends fresh off the street. Everything is up for grabs, everything is being changed and challenged. And here in this kitchen, the nutritious tolerance can be sniffed even above the simmering stew.

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3 stars

The characters and central focus of this book (life moves, times change, ideologies corrupt) are brilliant, and it is cleverly and carefully written. At times the berating of ideology seems a bit too heavy-handed, even if it is easy to agree with the criticisms from the perspective of the novel. Recommended to politicos (like myself) as a worthy criticism of the danger of collective ideas versus the reality of life.

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