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by Michael Frayn

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Michael Frayn
Viking Adult (January 3, 1974)
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Find sources: "Michael Frayn" – news · newspapers · books · scholar . The Trick of It (1989). The Original Michael Frayn, a collection of the above four, plus nineteen new Observer pieces.

Find sources: "Michael Frayn" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (October 2012) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. A Landing on the Sun (1991). Constructions, a volume of philosophical twaddle (1974). Celia's Secret: An Investigation (US title The Copenhagen Papers ), with David Burke (2000).

Michael Frayn is a remarkably prolific playwright, novelist and newspaper columnist (from which half a dozen collections have been published). As such, just because I've scarcely heard of him doesn't mean he should be described solely in comparison to writers I am more familiar with. Nonetheless, for me this 1973 novel evokes Donald Barthelme and Italo Calvino (including the fact that it starts and ends with the same few paragraphs).

Frayn has a most unusual talent. His books seem so deceptively simple, but they linger in the mind for years, and can be re-read with the greatest pleasure. Sweet Dreams is no exception

Frayn has a most unusual talent. Sweet Dreams is no exception. May go down in history as one of England’s special contributions to the twentieth century. Times Literary Supplement.

Matthew puts his marker in and closes the book. Howard runs his hand through the boy’s hair.

Somewhere out there Michael Wayland is saying to his wife, ‘God, when what’s-that-man’s-name began telling that enormously long story about how he made a fool of himself crawling round the floor on his hands and knees, which he obviously found so funny, I thought I’d di. It’s good to feel that one gives pleasure. Matthew puts his marker in and closes the book. Very well read, Matt.

Heaven, reported St John in Revelation, was a cubical city 12,000 furlongs high made of 'pure gold, like unto clear glass'. That was 1,900 years ago, and Heaven today has changed out of all recognition.

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Sweet Dreams (Paperback). Michael Frayn (author). Michael Frayn is the celebrated author of plays such as Copenhagen and Afterlife. Please provide me with your latest book news, views and details of Waterstones’ special offers. His bestselling novels include Headlong, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Spies, which won the Whitbread Best Novel Award and his latest novel Skios, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. May go down in history as one of England's special contributions to the twentieth century.

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  • Ausstan
One of my favorite books ever, out of print for many years. I was so happy to find it in e-book format. I reread it and then loaned it to my best friend, who loved it too. It's hard to describe. A man is daydreaming as he waits at a stoplight. The light changes, he drives on, and ... is he dreaming? dead? It's mostly a comedy, but there's enough going on under the surface to keep me interested.
  • Kekinos
Strange and unpredicatable, in a very good way.
  • Mushicage
Sweet Dreams has long been one of my favorite books, one of the few I've ever cared to reread. The opening section, in which the protagonist seamlessly glides into what we come to understand is heaven, and then discovers its many delights (being able to fly if you want to...or not, 5-star restaurants) is without equal in anything else I've read: elegant, light, perfectly executed, completely delightful. Then, as the story develops, the protagonist goes through apprenticeship, love, early success and fame, midlife crisis, and resolution. It's always done with a light and comic touch, yet deals with profound questions. How Frayn was able to conceive of the story and carry it off is remarkable. It's a crime that this book is not in print, particularly when writers like Anthony Burgess and Margaret Drabble have praised it as one of the best British novels of the late 20th century. Hunt for a used copy--your search will be well repaid!
  • Mmsa
Without foaming at the mouth it takes down Modern Man a few pegs, without any viciousness. If I were to sum up the book, it has the same uncomfortable quality that bad early poems have. Howard's dreams are quite modest - certainly Nietszche would disapprove - but he has every right to them.