Saturday, 14 November 2015

Review: The Art of Effective Dreaming by Gillian Polack

The Art of Effective Dreaming is about Fay, a public servant from Canberra who finds her life incredibly dull, but lives a deeper and richer second life through her dreams about a fantasy world. 

I enjoyed reading this one, though I am finding it very difficult to write about. Perhaps in many respects, the novel is just fine as it is and it is really a journey that interested readers need to make for themselves. Or perhaps that is just a cop out. Anyway, the writing is very clever, with its shifting narratives (real world Fay is told through first person narrative, while fantasy world Fay is told through third person,) and it is interesting how the focus shifts further and further away from Fay's mundane real world and deeply into her fantasy world where she becomes far more interested in the people and things that are around her. 

I would be very interested to know what other readers make of this one.

Recommended.