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As a special gift to our readers, we are offereing two free chapters from "The Dreamseller, The Calling" by international bestselling author Augusto Cury. In the vein of "The Alchemist" and "The Celestine Prophecy," "The Dreamseller, The Calling" is an inspirational fable about a mysterious man who touches people's lives by helping them through times of crisis. Moving, ent As a special gift to our readers, we are offereing two free chapters from "The Dreamseller, The Calling" by international bestselling author Augusto Cury. In the vein of "The Alchemist" and "The Celestine Prophecy," "The Dreamseller, The Calling" is an inspirational fable about a mysterious man who touches people's lives by helping them through times of crisis. Moving, entertaining, but above all inspiring, this story leaves readers viewing life through a new lens. If you enjoy this sample, we hope you'll read the full book.


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As a special gift to our readers, we are offereing two free chapters from "The Dreamseller, The Calling" by international bestselling author Augusto Cury. In the vein of "The Alchemist" and "The Celestine Prophecy," "The Dreamseller, The Calling" is an inspirational fable about a mysterious man who touches people's lives by helping them through times of crisis. Moving, ent As a special gift to our readers, we are offereing two free chapters from "The Dreamseller, The Calling" by international bestselling author Augusto Cury. In the vein of "The Alchemist" and "The Celestine Prophecy," "The Dreamseller, The Calling" is an inspirational fable about a mysterious man who touches people's lives by helping them through times of crisis. Moving, entertaining, but above all inspiring, this story leaves readers viewing life through a new lens. If you enjoy this sample, we hope you'll read the full book.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    After two attempts to read this, I gave up. The reason is that it reads as what it is: one man's personal philosophy dressed up as fiction. As a result the characters - mere set pieces - are soulless and the plot is just the vehicle by which the author moves from one piece of self-wisdom to the next. The Dreamseller, who is, of course, the author, comes across as a prententious pratt. If only life was as black and white as this guy paints it. After two attempts to read this, I gave up. The reason is that it reads as what it is: one man's personal philosophy dressed up as fiction. As a result the characters - mere set pieces - are soulless and the plot is just the vehicle by which the author moves from one piece of self-wisdom to the next. The Dreamseller, who is, of course, the author, comes across as a prententious pratt. If only life was as black and white as this guy paints it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    I loved the ideology, the principles, and the motivation behind it, but on the other hand there is way too much existentialist talk for my taste, and I didn't like how the narrating character seemed to be constatly surprised by the actions of his master. I loved the ideology, the principles, and the motivation behind it, but on the other hand there is way too much existentialist talk for my taste, and I didn't like how the narrating character seemed to be constatly surprised by the actions of his master.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Luisa

    So I got this book as a b'day present and it seemed interesting. The thing is, the story is OK, and it has a good happy little utopic message, but the narrator is incredibly annoying in his ramblings and self-doubts. I'm all about Pollyanna and 'things can be better' and such, but this was too utopic even for me! Also, when you use the word 'vehemently' three times in two pages, and the word 'insight' every other page (especially considering the word 'insight' was used in English in a Portuguese b So I got this book as a b'day present and it seemed interesting. The thing is, the story is OK, and it has a good happy little utopic message, but the narrator is incredibly annoying in his ramblings and self-doubts. I'm all about Pollyanna and 'things can be better' and such, but this was too utopic even for me! Also, when you use the word 'vehemently' three times in two pages, and the word 'insight' every other page (especially considering the word 'insight' was used in English in a Portuguese book over and over and over), you'll get on my nerves.. Hello thesaurusssss!! >.<

  4. 5 out of 5

    Thaís Alberti

    totally NOT worth reading. Even if you are into cheap philosophy, there are better books. I mean, the idea is nice. Dude is gonna jump off a building and a weird guy start asking questions and changes his life. ok, nice. But is incredibly poorly written! After 2 minutes the guy tells his whole life story (in 2 paragraphs) to the stranger. I mean, please!!!! Give away important details about the main character along the book, keep up the mystery... But it's like really bad. Really cheap philosoph totally NOT worth reading. Even if you are into cheap philosophy, there are better books. I mean, the idea is nice. Dude is gonna jump off a building and a weird guy start asking questions and changes his life. ok, nice. But is incredibly poorly written! After 2 minutes the guy tells his whole life story (in 2 paragraphs) to the stranger. I mean, please!!!! Give away important details about the main character along the book, keep up the mystery... But it's like really bad. Really cheap philosophy. Just don't. I mean it. Give your time to a good book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Kost

    A friend said this book changed her life. Who can resist a recommendation like that? The genius of this book is not in the plot or character development but rather in the thought-gems proffered by the protagonist as he journeys with the others through contemporary urban life. After engaging with a suicidal man, he says, "For those who think of putting a period to their life, I try to sell a comma....so they can continue to write their story" (26). About dreams: "The fundamental purpose of dreams A friend said this book changed her life. Who can resist a recommendation like that? The genius of this book is not in the plot or character development but rather in the thought-gems proffered by the protagonist as he journeys with the others through contemporary urban life. After engaging with a suicidal man, he says, "For those who think of putting a period to their life, I try to sell a comma....so they can continue to write their story" (26). About dreams: "The fundamental purpose of dreams isn't success but to free us from conformity" (41). "Don't fear criticism from the outside. Fear your own thoughts for only they can penetrate into your essence and destroy it." "Do you know the essence of who you are? How many moments of real pleasure have you had today? Have you had time to relax? Have you invested in your personal projects or have you buried them?" (183). He has some particularly choice statements on the lives of tech entrepreneurs and startup wannabes who would lose their souls for fame and fortune... Admittedly, in the wrong [read rational, critical, closed] frame of mind, these pithy meditations may seem trite; in a reflective, open state, they can be transformative. If you like Paolo Coelho, you are likely to enjoy this. (What is it about Brazil that it produces authors like this?).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alyson

    This is a book by a Brazilian author. We read it for the couples book club that I am in so that our Portuguese speaking friend could read it too and be a part of our discussion. This book is written somewhat like a parable. It's the story of a man who appears to be a poor bum, yet he goes around saving others. He saves a suicidal man, an alcoholic, a thief, etc. He teaches lessons as he goes and gains a big group of followers. As I read I wondered if he was suppose to be a Christ-like figure. Yo This is a book by a Brazilian author. We read it for the couples book club that I am in so that our Portuguese speaking friend could read it too and be a part of our discussion. This book is written somewhat like a parable. It's the story of a man who appears to be a poor bum, yet he goes around saving others. He saves a suicidal man, an alcoholic, a thief, etc. He teaches lessons as he goes and gains a big group of followers. As I read I wondered if he was suppose to be a Christ-like figure. You don't learn who he is until the end of the book. Without giving anything away I can say that he was just a man, but someone who, through lives hard experiences, had come to value what was real. He was also loving and non judgmental. Each chapter is another lesson that the dream seller taught. The book wasn't a page turner but it had some beautiful lessons about life and made for a delightful conversation.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna Chviedaruk

    The plot follows a weird man that appears in the one city of the South America, starts spreading sophisticated yet simple ideas that speak right into peoples' souls. This man gathers a crowd of disciples and all together they look like homeless people that don't have money, identity and, well, home. In several months this teacher turns the whole city upside down reminding them that the system of consumerism and thick life schedules has made slaves out of them and thought they think they are "nor The plot follows a weird man that appears in the one city of the South America, starts spreading sophisticated yet simple ideas that speak right into peoples' souls. This man gathers a crowd of disciples and all together they look like homeless people that don't have money, identity and, well, home. In several months this teacher turns the whole city upside down reminding them that the system of consumerism and thick life schedules has made slaves out of them and thought they think they are "normal people" they are crazy. This is a dangerous book that an unprepared mind with no firm foundation would be entangled by. However, i did find some good thoughts to chew. I felt tired of the thoughts formed from the post modernistic mindset that lacks legitimacy and logic that's why i gave it 3 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Igor Horozović

    [must-read] As I finished the first chapter, a thought came up to me: "I want to be a dreamseller!" Now, I just want this book to stick around, for rereading it occasionally. More human and less divine than Celestine Prophecy, this book leads you through thesis on society, be it your inner spirit or the envirovement. But treating the theme always from the critic point of view to prepare you for "his own theories", to read without prejudice. I'm giving this book a 5 ONLY because I want for more p [must-read] As I finished the first chapter, a thought came up to me: "I want to be a dreamseller!" Now, I just want this book to stick around, for rereading it occasionally. More human and less divine than Celestine Prophecy, this book leads you through thesis on society, be it your inner spirit or the envirovement. But treating the theme always from the critic point of view to prepare you for "his own theories", to read without prejudice. I'm giving this book a 5 ONLY because I want for more people to read it. It is a must-read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    April

    This book was more or less a 21st-century rendition of the life & teachings of Jesus. There's a charismatic, roving wanderer who uses the Socratic method to wake up society from its ignorance and self-destruction. It's part self-help book, part allegory. To be truthful, only a few instances were profound and most of the book felt "been there done that." Cury writes starkly and directly, without flourish. I prefer to read flowery prose; that's just me. This book was more or less a 21st-century rendition of the life & teachings of Jesus. There's a charismatic, roving wanderer who uses the Socratic method to wake up society from its ignorance and self-destruction. It's part self-help book, part allegory. To be truthful, only a few instances were profound and most of the book felt "been there done that." Cury writes starkly and directly, without flourish. I prefer to read flowery prose; that's just me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cássia

    Eye opening. An alert to the nonsense life we have been living. Made me think!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elza

    At the first time that I saw this book in the book store, I felt that it'd be so amazing... I read the tittle of the book and I wanted to read... So, I bought an e-book and I started to read and for the first impression, I identified myself on the book... But after reading page by page, it started to become a boring book with many idiot thoughts from the main character... While I was reading, my thoughts were focused on how we can be a better person but the main character was always judging and n At the first time that I saw this book in the book store, I felt that it'd be so amazing... I read the tittle of the book and I wanted to read... So, I bought an e-book and I started to read and for the first impression, I identified myself on the book... But after reading page by page, it started to become a boring book with many idiot thoughts from the main character... While I was reading, my thoughts were focused on how we can be a better person but the main character was always judging and never learned about all the knowledges he was getting from the 'Master'. There are many great sentences and things that we can think and do day by day...however some characters don't understand and they try to give up from everything they are gettting on the way... It's a very strange book that in the end, the mystery is not revealed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    5 stars. A must read. This book makes you think and I mean some soul searching thinking. It also makes you take an honest look at your life no matter where you are in you life journey. Do you dream? Have you had a strong dream and naysayer told you you couldn't do it? Then this book is for you. Don't have a dream? This book is still for you. Grab hold of your dreams and walk out of society's boundaries. 5 stars. A must read. This book makes you think and I mean some soul searching thinking. It also makes you take an honest look at your life no matter where you are in you life journey. Do you dream? Have you had a strong dream and naysayer told you you couldn't do it? Then this book is for you. Don't have a dream? This book is still for you. Grab hold of your dreams and walk out of society's boundaries.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    What started off as an inspiring gripping read fades off to be slow, draggy and too philosophical after the 5th chapter. The contents and concept of the story is intriguing but the writing style fails to keep me reading the pages to the end without lots of breaks in between. It simply got too textbook heavy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pooja Gajipara

    The storyline wanders aimlessly. This book has the bestest of life quotes one can find in a single book. an inspiring, thought provoking book. At times, it emerges questions on where the dreamseller is going with his motive .. how he’ll achieve it. A bit of prediction, a bit of suspense, this book has inspiring thoughts on almost every page of it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yuri

    Great book. Some will say it's too much utopia, but it really make us think about this sick world around us. Great book. Some will say it's too much utopia, but it really make us think about this sick world around us.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marcus

    Couldn't get past the first ten pages. It's that bad. Augusto Cury and Paulo Coelho should be forbidden to write. Couldn't get past the first ten pages. It's that bad. Augusto Cury and Paulo Coelho should be forbidden to write.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    i'm sure the dreamseller didn't just sell dreams to characters in the book --- he enlightened readers as well :) i'm sure the dreamseller didn't just sell dreams to characters in the book --- he enlightened readers as well :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amilton

    It is great book! Augusto Cury discusses contemporaneo problems affecting societies that are ignored by many govenments, business leaders, teachers and students inclusive. I really like the storyline the author uses to pass the message his characters teach to one another in this amazing novel. In a world where everyone is racing to strive for more in their career, the author passes the message that it'simportant to keep being humanistic, which means acknowledge the fact that we are malleable and It is great book! Augusto Cury discusses contemporaneo problems affecting societies that are ignored by many govenments, business leaders, teachers and students inclusive. I really like the storyline the author uses to pass the message his characters teach to one another in this amazing novel. In a world where everyone is racing to strive for more in their career, the author passes the message that it'simportant to keep being humanistic, which means acknowledge the fact that we are malleable and fragile instead of gods of whatever is that we do in our professional life. I love this book so much!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv

    This book isn't for everybody to grasp, because the hidden meaning behind the parable has a message for awakening of humanity. The book begins with an event where a man is attempting suicide from 23rd floor, while Public servant (Police, psychiatrist, etc) being there with efforts to stop him in vain.....Will the man commit the suicide? You must read.....This book is for you If you are a spiritual seeker and looking for answers to why you feel empty, anxious, depressed, worried, and going in dow This book isn't for everybody to grasp, because the hidden meaning behind the parable has a message for awakening of humanity. The book begins with an event where a man is attempting suicide from 23rd floor, while Public servant (Police, psychiatrist, etc) being there with efforts to stop him in vain.....Will the man commit the suicide? You must read.....This book is for you If you are a spiritual seeker and looking for answers to why you feel empty, anxious, depressed, worried, and going in down spiral.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lana Kamennof-sine

    It was a gradual process for me but on persevering found that there was sufficient value in the content to be worth the time invested. "there are many hyenas and vultures in society..expect a lack of understanding, rejection, ridicule, and a sick need for power. I don't call you to be great heroes, to have your feats recorded in the annals of history, but to be small swallows who fly anonymously throughout society, loving strangers, and doing for them whatever you can." It was a gradual process for me but on persevering found that there was sufficient value in the content to be worth the time invested. "there are many hyenas and vultures in society..expect a lack of understanding, rejection, ridicule, and a sick need for power. I don't call you to be great heroes, to have your feats recorded in the annals of history, but to be small swallows who fly anonymously throughout society, loving strangers, and doing for them whatever you can."

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lina

    A good book to read. I do admit it's not for everyone. You have to be in the right mind state to understand the meaning of it. Its not a casual read for everyone. If its difficult or you dont understand leave it. The time will come and you will pick this book again. A good book to read. I do admit it's not for everyone. You have to be in the right mind state to understand the meaning of it. Its not a casual read for everyone. If its difficult or you dont understand leave it. The time will come and you will pick this book again.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Liuba

    It was a pleasure to read a book like this.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Moore

    Having to put this book aside because school is kicking my butt and it seemed to have some super deep concepts so I don’t want to ruin it by half reading it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Makes u think a lot and reflex about a lot of things. Society how a days is focus a lot in themselves and they forget about life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Higor Queiroz

    This was the first book that i've read, and was a experience really special that keep me interested in other types of books. This was the first book that i've read, and was a experience really special that keep me interested in other types of books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pedro Gomes

    self-help= suicide

  27. 5 out of 5

    Camila

    I really love this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Juanita

    Review: The Dreamseller by Augusto Cury. This short novella is thought provoking and makes me realize my life has its faults but I appreciate who I have and what I have. The story is a combination of social interpretation with a mix of basic philosophy with an open-minded measure of irrational humor. I thought for a short story it was fast paced but and right to the point. The story is about a young college graduate, Julio Lambert who thinks he has been dealt a bad hand in life and is standing o Review: The Dreamseller by Augusto Cury. This short novella is thought provoking and makes me realize my life has its faults but I appreciate who I have and what I have. The story is a combination of social interpretation with a mix of basic philosophy with an open-minded measure of irrational humor. I thought for a short story it was fast paced but and right to the point. The story is about a young college graduate, Julio Lambert who thinks he has been dealt a bad hand in life and is standing on a top ledge of a twenty-story building saying he is going to jump. Police, fire departments and other supporters stand on the ground while a support team is on the twentieth floor trying to talk to him. He doesn’t want to talk to anyone. He claims his life is over and all his dreams have been shattered. Within moments a grubby looking guy makes his way through the crowd on the ground and manipulates the officer, who is securing the building to allow him to go through into the building and up to the twentieth floor. Once there he makes the support people believe they sent for him and he crawls out onto the ledge with the jumper. The mysterious man sits on the ledge takes his lunch out of his coat pocket and begins to eat. Now, Julio can’t believe what this guy is doing and tells him to go away because he is going to jump. The man finishes his lunch and then stands up and starts socializing with Julio. A philosophical dialogue starts and the strange man invites Julio to become a dreamseller. As the man keeps talking Julio begins a conversation with this guy and starts to believe what this guy, a dream seller himself, is saying. The dreamseller points out the madness in modern society and all the negativity that life hands people and in the meantime Julio is thinking to himself, ’What is this guy want…does he want him to jump or what…..” Then the dreamseller takes the conversation into heavy preachy territory, and the story takes a slight twist in the end and the dreamseller teaches Julio the importance of his life and his dreams and how to sell dreams to others….

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maou Rodríguez

    "We are all traitors who desperately need to buy dreams. We all harbor a "Judas" in our mind, a specialist in hiding our true feelings under the carpet of activism, ethics, morality, social justice." For the time it took me to finish reading this book, this was clearly not a page-turner for me because of its predictability and repetitive statements but it utterly shifts your thoughts about pride and prejudice if you read it humbly. At beginning it looks like a religious book (which is not) bu "We are all traitors who desperately need to buy dreams. We all harbor a "Judas" in our mind, a specialist in hiding our true feelings under the carpet of activism, ethics, morality, social justice." For the time it took me to finish reading this book, this was clearly not a page-turner for me because of its predictability and repetitive statements but it utterly shifts your thoughts about pride and prejudice if you read it humbly. At beginning it looks like a religious book (which is not) but it is a critique of the status of our society and a lesson to remember. The plot is about a soi-disant "dreamseller" that turns the whole city upside down with the teachings of Jesus Christ, speaking through a kind of Socratic method and reminding them that the system of consumerism and life in distress has made them slaves (even the rich ones), even though they think that all their reputation, authority, titles, fortune and possessions trace their value instead of how many others have they helped and how did they do it, from a clean-fingered (incorruptible) perspective. As Augusto Cury wrote... "In the best sense of the word, the serfs lived better than the feudal lord" due to happiness accompanied by benign indulgence and leadership. Admittedly, the author teaches that you should live in reverie as long as you take action, brooding over the impact of your life on others. So... in the rational, critical or closed reading frame, these meditations may seem like triteness; in a reflective, open state of mind, they can be transformative, specially in those who seek to improve their moral integrity.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    This book is likened to Paulo Coelho's 'The Alchemist' and James Redfield's 'The Celestine Prophecy'. This is what drew my attention in the first place, but after having read it, it doesn't even compare; the aforementioned two are more about the workings of an inner transformation. This book seems to have more of a 'messianic' theme, with the dreamseller approaching each underdog and downtrodden character and reawakens them to their worth and purpose -- stirring in them the remembrance of the dr This book is likened to Paulo Coelho's 'The Alchemist' and James Redfield's 'The Celestine Prophecy'. This is what drew my attention in the first place, but after having read it, it doesn't even compare; the aforementioned two are more about the workings of an inner transformation. This book seems to have more of a 'messianic' theme, with the dreamseller approaching each underdog and downtrodden character and reawakens them to their worth and purpose -- stirring in them the remembrance of the dreams and ideals of their youth, or before they became jaded in life. And then these 'disciples' follow the dreamseller and go about reinvigorating (proselytizing) others who have abandoned their hopes and dreams. The inner struggles of the followers are never really addressed. Conveniently, the dreamseller's cryptic messages allow them to figure things out by themselves, or sometimes not. Being that this novel is written by a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst, I cannot help but think that the 'cure' is in vagaries, and that the character ('patient') has to awaken himself. To me that's what makes the story seem lacking in flow and connectivity. There is a sequel to this, so being that I have written a rather unflattering review -- perhaps, the fullness of the ENTIRE story unfolds in the subsequent work, so I will read it too.

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