Dream on

C.K. Stead

  • A World of My Own: A Dream Diary by Graham Greene
    Reinhardt, 116 pp, £12.99, October 1992, ISBN 1 871061 36 9

In my experience the dreams that are recovered (most are lost) fall into two categories – the majority, which are pedestrian and seldom interesting, and the few which are so different from the many as to belong almost to a distinct category of experience. Vivid, full of atmosphere, these latter are insistently ‘significant’ beyond their literal import while at the same time resisting any simple symbolic interpretation; and if they can be retained through the levels of waking, they often seem worth recording. There is for me, in other words, a poetry and a prose of dreams.

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