Dreamer: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Fiction - 240 pages
12 Reviews
Set against the tensions of Civil Rights era America, Dreamer is a remarkable fictional excursion into the last two years of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, when the political and personal pressures on this country's most preeminent moral leader were the greatest. While in Chicago for his first northern campaign against poverty and inequality, King encounters Chaym Smith, whose startling physical resemblance to King wins him the job of official stand-in. Matthew Bishop, a civil rights worker and loyal follower of King, is given the task of training the smart and deeply cynical Smith for the job. In doing so, Bishop must face the issue of what makes one man great while another man can only stand in for greatness. Provocative, heartfelt, and masterfully rendered, Charles Johnson confirms yet again that he is one of the great treasures of modern American literature.
  

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Review: Dreamer

User Review  - Nichole Rued - Goodreads

Great for historical context and alternative histories concerning the Civil Rights movement. Not so great in terms of craft. Melodramatic and cliche at times. Read full review

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User Review  - Mark McDonnell - Goodreads

Curious to read other "meh" remarks here. To me, it's a spectacular success (whereas I found "Middle Passage" slapdash and infelicitous in how it wedged in its philosophical gloss). On to "Oxherding Tale," eagerly. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
11
Section 3
13
Section 4
21
Section 5
44
Section 6
51
Section 7
75
Section 8
85
Section 10
124
Section 11
144
Section 12
167
Section 13
186
Section 14
197
Section 15
215
Section 16
226
Copyright

Section 9
102

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About the author (2010)

Charles Johnson, a 1998 MacArthur fellow, is the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Endowed Professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle. His fiction includes Dr. King's Refrigerator, Dreamer, and Middle Passage, for which he won the National Book Award. In 2002 he received the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Seattle.

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