Dreams can be some of the best movies you'll ever view, and they're highly personal.
This collection, largely adapted from the author's grandmother and her generation, is an alphabetical array of images and themes from a traditional Greek point of view. Somehow, it reminds me of Samuel Johnson's dictionary of the English language, full of opinions and quirks, or some of Jorge Luis Borges' fantastical gleanings.
Where else would you learn this: "To dream of frogs indicates a period of anxiety and nervousness. If you can hear them croaking, it denotes there is a lot of gossip about you. If you kill it, you will be happy in love."
As for a room? "If you get into an unknown room, it means that you are curious and indiscreet; remember that other people's private life is none of your business. If the room is empty, you might get into trouble for nothing. A small, stuffy room foretells an imminent danger. A hotel room denotes a new love affair that won't last."
There's much more in this vein. I can image Cassia, in my novel "What's Left," hearing this from a great-grandmother or her Thea Pia.
Alas, I'm not finding much that fits my usual dreams – delays in getting to the airport, being required to perform tasks on computers without having been trained in the new software, or even trying to order food in a diner. But reading of so many things that don't show up in my dreams does have me wondering what I'm missing.
Ferris is also the author of two fantasy novels – both in Greek – and a collection of stories in English.
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