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Dune By Frank HerbeHere is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination Set on the desert planet Arrakis Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides who would become the mysterio There's a characteristically witty essay by Borges about a man who rewrites Don uixote many centuries after Cervantes He publishes a novel with the same title containing the same words in the same order But as Borges shows you the different cultural context means it's a completely new book What was once trite and commonplace is now daring and new and vice versa It just happens to look like Cervantes's masterpieceSimilarly imagine the man who was brave or stupid enough to rewrite Dune in the early 21st century Like many people who grew up in the 60s and 70s I read the book in my early teens What an amazing story Those kick ass Fremen All those cool weird sounding names and expressions they use They even have a useful glossary in the back The disgusting corrupt slimy Harkonnens don't you just love to hate them When former aristo turned desert guerilla fighter Paul Muad'Dib rides in on a sandworm at the end to fight the evil Baron and his vicious cruel nephew of course you're cheering for him Who the hell wouldn't be?So that was the Dune we know and love but the man who rewrote it now would get a rather different reception Oh my God These Fremen who obviously speak Arabic live on a desert planet which supplies the Universe with melange a commodity essential to the Galactic economy and in particular to transport Not a very subtle way to say oil They are tough uncompromising fighters who are uite happy to use suicide bombing as a tactic They're led by a charismatic former rich kid OK we get who you mean who inspires them to rise up against the corrupt degenerate um does he mean Westerners? Or only the US? And who is Baron Harkonnen intended to be? I'm racking my brains Dubya doesn't uite seem to fit but surely he means someone? Unless of course he's just a generic stereotype who stands for the immoral sexually obsessed West This is frightening What did we do to make Frank al Herbert hate us so much? You'd have people not even necessarily right wingers appearing on TV to say that the book was dangerous and should be banned at the very least it incites racial hatred and openly encourages terrorism But translations would sell brilliantly in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and a bad movie version would soon be made in TurkeyI honestly don't think Herbert meant any of that; but today it's almost impossible not to wonder If anyone reading this review is planning to rewrite The Tale of Benjamin Bunny you'd better make sure you get your timing right Who knows how it will be interpreted five years from now?
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Us man known as Muad'Dib He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream A stunning blend of ad DuneNo other single syllable means as much to the science fiction genre a single word that conjures images of sandworms spice wars great battles between rival dynastic families and a massively detailed and intricately crafted universe No wonder this is widely regarded as not just a Science Fiction masterpiece but a literary achievement as well Like a study of Shakespeare the reader finds that this is an archetype upon which many influences and imitators have based their works The complexity and depth of the creation is staggering and I am continually astounded at the discipline with which Herbert must have focused his imaginationThis is the book upon which Herbert would base his greatest series and one that would outlive him as his son has continued to expand and add detail to the vast immaculate tapestry woven by a true master of the genre Encapsulating political economic sociological biological cultural and dynastic themes Frank Herbert has set a high standard for later practitionersBrilliant2015 reread Read years later this has lost none of its narrative power if anything I can better appreciate the virtuoso attention to detail Herbert exhibited in his epic creation From the perspective of having read his later 5 Dune seuels I am astounded at the rich tapestry he has woven Most impressive was his close omnipresence analyzing the thoughts and minute actions and subtle nuances of his complicated dynamic interplay of characters The exhaustive training of the Bene Gesserit and the intricate relations of the Houses and the Guild would stand as a monumental benchmark for speculative fiction ever sinceThis time around I found myself looking closely at the Harkonnens and will likely read some of Brian Herbert's additions to his fathers great work2019 reread I'm even in love with this book and am again in awe of Herbert's narrative skill This time around I noticed that all of the uotes that begin chapters are from Princess Irulan and I paid close attention to how Herbert crafted these interludesI also was drawn to the religious undertones that really began very early in the book and how Paul realized his gifts and was preparing for his role in the beginning chapters all demonstrating Herbert's great narrative skillFinally I became aware of what a great character was Gurney Halleck While the ghola of Duncan Idaho dominated the later books Herbert's creation of Halleck was an enjoyable and thought provoking addition to this masterpiece
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PDF Î BOOK Dune By Frank Herbert Û NATURALTREATMENT ✓ Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination Set on the desert planet Arrakis Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble faVenture and mysticism environmentalism and politics Dune won the first Nebula Award shared the Hugo Award and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science ficti If this is the gold standard against which all science fiction must measure and be judged let's just blow our brains out right now and call it a day As far as I can tell Dune largely inspires two points of view One marvels at its historical importance and world building uniue fascinating complex rich and the other dislikes the stilted writing but does so apologetically because Frank Herbert couldn't help the fact that he wrote science fiction in the 1960s and that Edward Said hadn't done his thing yet Come on people of the world Linear models of progress don't apply to good writing Frank Herbert can't write because he's a shitty writer not because it was the 1960s The dialogue is clunky and characters have endless internal monologues in italics that serve no purpose but to explain incredibly obvious plot points to the reader This is an embarrassingly novice mistake The plot also lacks any element of surprise Princess Irulan oblivious to the concept of spoiler alerts summarizes all major plot points in her historical vignettes which introduce every single chapter We can't wonder about whether and how Jesus Christ Paul will become the messiah of the people because the princess has already told us before we've begun the book We can't wonder about who the traitor in the Atreides house is because Princess Irulan's vignette is all like Yueh Yueh A million deaths were not enough for Yueh And then there's the world building It is So Fucking Lazy Half the words are lifted from Arabic and Arab Fremen culture is the result of a scavenger rampage through Islamic concepts scraps of Buddhism and Frank Hebert's Orientalist curiosities all cobbled together into a cringe inducing whole The main subject of this book the sand niggers Fremen have been in the desert for thousands of years border on religious fanaticism and haven't changed a bit over time They pray salat conserve water because hello desert and wait for their white savior Paul to bring them out into the light or into the shade as it were They freuently declare Muslim sounding things in bastardized Arabic and are very upset because the Imperial forces are preventing them from doing Haj It's unclear how the Imperial forces have blocked all outbound flights to Saudi Arabia but we'll take it on faith There was a jihad situation like hundreds of years ago but it was apparently a jihad against computers? I don't know The ragheads Fremen also do this thing where two men will fight to the death and the winner will take the dead man's woman as his wife or his servant Given the history of the US I think it's hilarious that a book full of racism imperialism and misogyny was considered groundbreaking in the 1960s The other thing that makes this book unreadable is Frank Herbert's I Tarzan You Jane approach to gender“There is in each of us an ancient force that takes and an ancient force that gives A man finds little difficulty facing that place within himself where the taking force dwells but it’s almost impossible for him to see into the giving force without changing into something other than man For a woman the situation is reversed The greatest peril to the Giver is the force that takes The greatest peril to the Taker is the force that gives Man has the mighty penis Mighty penis does the thrusting action Woman has the sacred hole Sacred hole is warm and open for mighty penis penetration Thanks for clearing that up Frank Male and female characters in this book align nicely with Frank's pole in hole view of the world The men do the war because the penis The women do the manipulation and mind control because the vagina They are either wives or concubines and having children is of utmost important Man and his woman sometimes have tender conversations about all of this Observe Paul began tightening his still suit You told me once the words of Kitab al Ibar he said You told me 'Woman is thy field; go then to thy field and till it' I am the mother of thy firstborn she agreed How romantic Anyway let's talk some about Paul our white messiah When he's taking a break from tilling his fields he's busy being a cartoon hero He has no flaws Like none He sees everything understands everything knows the future and every word out of his mouth is prophetic and vaguely Shakespearean This is the kind of shit he says Re aforementioned penisvagina theory And you my son Jessica asked are you one who gives or one who takes? I'm at the fulcrum he said I cannot give without taking and I cannot take without givingYou're SIXTEEN bitch Sit down and shut the fuck up Nobody cares Opposite the cartoon hero is the cartoon villain He's really really evil He wakes up evil goes to bed evil and all the time in the middle he has evil conversations and evil thoughts Many of his evil thoughts are in italics so we know EXACTLY where the story is headed because plot twists are also evil and will not be tolerated Please note he is also fat as fuck and eats a lot Also he's a big homo And the homo's a pedo I really have nothing to say I AM glad I took the time to wade through this shitstorm of misogyny and orientalism You can't read sci fi and not have read Dune I always suspected I might hate it but at least now I have proof