A mysterious traveler and his disciples provide enlightenment in Cury’s second book in the Dreamseller series (The Dreamseller: The Calling, 2011).
The Dreamseller is a modern-day philosopher whose journey helps others realize that what mankind has produced is often more harmful than good, but humans have the power to change for the better. Liberated from his own past, he uses teachable moments to gently point out many of the failures that we as individuals and societies have created: a value system that teaches that when we give, we should expect to receive something in return; an educational system that fails to encourage students to engage in critical thinking; a social system that deems some people more important than others. Whether his group is dining at the home of amputees or performing for the most hardened criminals, this modern-day messiah has a message to impart, and very few of these are messages that you haven’t already heard. What makes this book distinct isn’t necessarily the message; it’s the way the writer chooses to convey each message. Cury, an award-winning Brazilian author, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, is out to espouse his views, and he’s created an excellent vessel for doing so. Instead of a dry, textbook approach, he employs a ragtag crew of relatable and amusing characters who bring their own spin to the story, the “anonymous” heroes. These disciples have all traveled different paths and include former sociology professor Julio Cesar and two buffoonish alcoholics, Bartholomew (Honeymouth) and Barnabas (the Mayor), who provide comic relief and exhibit undying loyalty when they risk their own lives to aid their Master during a life-threatening situation. But the characters, situations and twists (most of which are fairly predictable, but not all) are only a means to an end.
Cury aims to encourage people to rise above their problems, enact change and seek improvement in their lives. Message heard, loud and clear.