Oliver Stone, the fictional young protagonist in A Child's Night Dream, is alienated from the stultifying American nation in which he lives. Abandoning his parents and his Ivy League education, he embarks on an epic voyage that will lead him through the Merchant Marine, psychedelic drugs, barroom sex, the killing fields of Vietnam, an unceremonious return to American soil, and a flight into madness south of the border in Mexico. A novel that seethes with indescribable rage, writhes with the pain of youth, celebrates the power of dreams, and searches with soaring, incantatory language for a psychic unity that forever eludes its young protagonist, A Child's Night Dream is a visit into the unconscious mind that no reader will soon forget.
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