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I first read this in 1975 and most recently on the 3rd August 2020
You know the story. On the planet of Arrakis, the young Paul Atreides, his father the Duke murdered, flees
with his mother to the desert to escape their deadly enemy - Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. They are saved in
the desert by a band of very tough cave-dwellers. These Fremen see Paul and his mother Jessica as the
fulfilment of a prophecy. He'll marry one of Fremen women and finally Paul will lead the Fremen in a
revolt against the bloody Baron and the revolting imperial emperor.
I have to admit, I've never really loved the novel. I've just reread it now after just
finishing "The Space Between Worlds" by Mcaiah Johnson, and I rather preferred the latter.
I know Frankie was a product of his time but the sexism is disconcerting, the feudal class
system that is innate to the novel is repellent. and the supposedly profound Bene Gesseret
maxims and teachings now seem trite, meaningless or just plain wrong.
Note that I absolutely love his other works such as "Hellstrom's Hive", and the Pandora trilogy
("Destination: Void", "The Jesus Incident", the "The Lazarus Effect",
and "The Ascension Factor". I recently reread "Whipping Star" and "The Dosadi Experiment" and
they are brilliant, exciting, entertaining and surprisingly humorous.
But "Dune" (and it's successors)? I suppose I'm rather down on the idea of living drugged-up
lifestyles in drafty, damp caves with people who happily kill each other for promotion or just to soak
the water out of the corpse. Reminds me too much of uni. I prefer civilization, with its
flush toilets and Japanese washerettes.
I quite liked the movie though, and I'm really looking for to Denis Villeneuve's 2020 Dune version.
Loaded on the 22nd December 2020.