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The Dreamer is a fictional tale based on the life of Pablo Neruda (originally Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto), a revered Chilean poet.

In short, “the dreamer” is Neftali, who is lost in a maze of thoughts. Since childhood, Neftali has wanted to pursue his poetry dream, but his domineering father...

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The Dreamer is a fictional tale based on the life of Pablo Neruda (originally Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto), a revered Chilean poet.

In short, “the dreamer” is Neftali, who is lost in a maze of thoughts. Since childhood, Neftali has wanted to pursue his poetry dream, but his domineering father objects to it. Neftali is intrigued by fantasy and uses his great imagination to escape reality. He explores nature to beat loneliness and illnesses, and to eschew his father’s wrath. The father does not want to tolerate Neftali's behavior, and he occasionally uses epithets to berate Neftali for his (Neftali's) absentmindedness. Throughout the text, Neftali is bullied by his own father, his brother, and a schoolmate. As he grows up, Neftali receives much inspiration from his uncle, a progressive journalist. Despite his father’s disapproval, Neftali manages to pursue his dream and finds happiness.

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The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan is a fictionalized telling of Pablo Neruda's childhood in Temuco, Chile. Born Neftali Reyes, the child grew to be called Pablo Neruda (1904–1973), a Chilean poet, diplomat, and politician. As a rebellious young boy, Neruda uses his father's disapproval of his love for reading and writing as motivation to excel as a poet. His strained relationship with his father and brother is countered by his tender and loving relationship with his stepmother and uncle. These role models teach him the importance of believing in yourself and others. They instill in him the value of questioning authority and respecting one another. Neruda finds a voice within himself that guides him on adventures. His curiosity is inspired by the natural world around him. Muñoz utilizes sound in her writing, encouraging the readers to hear the ocean and forests that inspired Neruda himself. Ultimately, The Dreamer is a coming-of-age story of a shy young boy who struggles for independence and freedom.

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The Dreamer, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, is the fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize–winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. The book traces the life of a tender-hearted boy, Neftali, and the arduous path he traverses to become Pablo Neruda. Neftali is by no means a conventional boy and distinctively stands out from others. He spends most of his time alone, finding beauty and wonder in even the most seemingly insignificant things. For this, however, Neftali is not only taunted by his peers but also derided by his strict and authoritative father. Right from childhood, however, he knows he has a "calling," which is symbolized in the book as a mysterious voice. The voice takes Neftali through an experiential sensory journey, and his journey leads him to a turning point in his life. Neftali fights against his father's cruel wishes and his own perceived inadequacies to become Pablo Neruda, one of the world's most celebrated poets.

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The Dreamer is a fictional biography of the author Pablo Neruda, the poet.  It is about a shy boy (originally named Neftali Reyes) who is born in Chile and who deals with his pessimistic father. Neftali is always dreaming and using his senses to experience poetry all around him; from the time he is very young, this is often through a "mysterious voice" he hears. The children living near Neftali always taunt him for being dreamy. Neftali's father ridicules him as well. Both of these things cause Neftali to doubt himself and his abilities as a poet. Luckily, Neftali's uncle and stepmother encourage him (and teach Neftali about the Mapuche tribe and the rights they deserve). "The voice" Neftali hears leads him into the rain forest, the ocean, and the Chilean rain to give him the sensory experiences he needs to become a great poet. When Neftali becomes a teenager, he finally takes on the name he is famous for: Pablo Neruda.

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