The Age of Dreaming

The Age of Dreaming

by Nina Revoyr


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The Age of Dreaming is a masterpiece of the sort that doesn’t just seduce the reader—it leaves you transformed. Nina Revoyr deserves to be counted among the top ranks of novelists at work today.”—Jerry Stahl, author of I, Fatty

“This is a riveting, wise, and gorgeous novel.”—Mary Yukari Waters

“Brilliant and original. . . . The carefully restrained voice of its narrator recalls Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day.”—Alison Lurie, Pulitzer Prize winner

Jun Nakayama was a silent film star in the early days of Hollywood, but by 1964, he is living in complete obscurity—until a young writer, Nick Bellinger, reveals that he has written a screenplay with Nakayama in mind. Jun is intrigued by the possibility of returning to movies, but he begins to worry that someone might delve too deeply into the past and uncover the events that led to the abrupt end of his career in 1922. These events include the changing racial tides in California and the unsolved murder of his favorite director, Ashley Bennett Tyler.

The Age of Dreaming is part historical novel, part mystery, and part unrequited love story.

Nina Revoyr was born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and a Polish-American father, and grew up in Japan, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. She is the author of two previous novels, The Necessary Hunger and Southland , which was a Book Sense 76 pick, winner of the Ferro-Grumley and Lambda Literary awards, a finalist for an Edgar Award, and one of the Los Angeles Times ’ “Best Books of 2003.” She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933354460
Publisher: Akashic Books
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 1,089,290
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Nina Revoyr was born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and a Polish-American father, and grew up in Japan, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. She is the author of two previous novels, The Necessary Hunger and Southland, which was a BookSense 76 pick and won the Ferro Grumley and Lambda Literary Awards.

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The Age of Dreaming 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
books4gail More than 1 year ago
I came to this through Lisa See's recommendation on B&N Review who said both her mother and father, with very different tastes liked this. Lovely writing--very reserved to match the main character, interesting time periods,and history. I learned much about the treatment of the Japanese in America in the early 20th century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a lot. And I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. The writing style is excellent and the characters - especially the narrator - are well drawn and involving. I came upon this book in B&N - having never heard of it - and once I started it I could not put it down. I do not know why this author is not more well known - she certainly deserves accolades
ken1952 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's 1964 and former Japanese silent film star Jun Nakayama is looking back on his career in Hollywood. Why did it end so abruptly in 1922? Does he miss the glamour and limelight? What happened to the loves of his life? Nina Revoyr tells a fascinating story bringing Nakayama to life with grace and skill. Might be a good choice for reading groups.
sumariotter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really love this author. This book is different from the Necessary Hunger in every way, but still very compelling. Nina Revoyr is a Japanese-American woman who lives in Los Angeles, and this book explores the history of a Japanese-American silent film star. His rise to fame in a time when Japanese-Americans were reviled and discriminated against, and the personal struggles in his life that resulted in his choice to give up the acting work that he loved. There is a mystery involved, and yet this is not genre fiction. The story is told in the first person and slowly develops...the reader gradually comes to know more and more about the character of this man and the times and place he lived in. It is a unique and interesting read.
bacreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book. I found the information on silent movies very interesting but I kept wanting the story to just move along. I did not like Nakayama and just couldn't make myself care about him. The character I did like and could connect with was Hanako but she appeared only sporadically. For me there was not much character development and I didn't care about the "mystery". Nina Revoyr writes controlled and unspectacularly. She touches on the prejudice in California toward Japanese and I think she could have done more with that. This book was rated highly by Amazon and Barnes & Noble but I could not find the excitement for this book.
shihtzu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book held my attention throughout and is a quick read at 327 pages. The theme of the novel is regret and the price one pays for self-deception. It took me awhile to get used to the narrator's stiff and formal language - it felt a bit forced, as if the author was trying to create an elderly, noble , wise Asian character by having him sound like a pendantic schoolteacher - which really didn't fit with what we're supposed to believe about the character's young days in Hollywood as a film star and womanizer. But I got used to it. Maybe the author was using that particular voice to emphasize the main character's self-delusion and need for controlling his own emotions. Some of the plot twists at the end seemed contrived and formulaic - I won't give away the ending, but how many novels, films, and TV shows have used the same plot device? Countless!! The narrator's memories of silent-film era Hollywood capture the excitement and glamour of those days. I guess the author based part of the book on a real-life scandal that took place in Hollywood in the early twenties.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was deeply engrossed in this book and never wanted it to end. It's beautifully written and a great story.
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