The Dream Years Book Summary and Study Guide

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It's wintertime in Paris in the 1920's, shortly after the First World War. Robert St. Onge is a young novelist caught up in the excitement of a new artistic movement, Surrealism. The book talks about his friends, all with their own passions, problems and dreams, but all quite devoted to these new ideas of expressing the subconscious in art and literature. Robert doesn't have a 'real' job and he doesn't really care about money and his family's business. He is writing a novel, and doesn't always agree with Andre, his best friend and a real leader in the Surrealist movement.
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One day, Robert meets a dark-haired, beautiful woman who leads him into an amazing place - it's actually the same Paris, but in the future- May, 1968,- where a revolution is underway, also by young dreamers, who want to change the world. Robert actually sees and experiences how the visions the Surrealists have can be more than just ideas! He falls in love with the woman, Solange, and together they discover how powerful the imagination can be.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Life of a profession:    -   writer Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   nature of existence (heavy philosophy) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes City:    -   Paris

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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