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George Orr is tortured by his dreams because sometimes they come true The world he wakes up to has changed into the world that he dreamed sometimes radically sometimes violently As a teenager he dreams the death of his aunt and he awakens to finds that she was killed in a car accident six weeks before He is horrified and attempts to control his dreaming but over the years some of his dreams and nightmares come true Finally by the time he is thirty in the year 2002 he is becoming psychotic and he contemplates suicide but then turns to pep pills to stay awake to prevent dreaming When he nearly overdoses his landlord calls a medic who saves him but turns him in for illegal drug use - a minor offense that requires psychiatric therapy Thats how he meets Dr Haber the novels antagonist Haber a large powerful active man with curly brown hair and beard who prides himself on his professional psychiatric skills and his talent for manipulating his patients for their own good of course specializes in sleep disorders and dream research He occupies a windowless office in a non-descript office building in Portland Oregon the setting for the novel By using hypnotic suggestion and a brain wave generator called the Augmentor Haber is able to tell George what to dream and to his astonishment actually verifies Georges ability George senses that Haber wants to use him but because of his congenitally passive nature and fear of his uncontrolled dream states allows the therapy to continue After a few therapy sessions George seeks legal help so he can stop the therapy and really get cured Thats when he meets the lawyer a black female who clicks and snaps and wears bangles and brass buckles and is reminiscent of a black widow spider waiting in her office when George arrives Though outwardly very different George is slight fair and quiet they
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