Dune

Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)Dune by Frank Herbert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Few novels have exerted such a tremendous influence on me. Frank Herbert’s masterpiece, and undeniably one of the very best SciFi novels ever written, takes a life of its own in the span of the first few pages.

The story itself, though intrinsically simple, it manages to be complex as well. The universe the story is set in is complex — a vast intergalactic empire working as an intricate mechanism, a lasting feud, and all the treacherous games that are a part of the never ending struggle for power among the powerful.

But also, Dune is a story of love and compassion. And it underlines the basic of human desires and needs in a way that compresses how people act and react under various circumstances that we don’t feel the story as taking part in an entirely different universe than our own.

I strenuously believe that the human aspect in each story is what genuinely appeals to readers. The characters interact with each other in a natural way, relationships are built in an organic way. Dune manages all that, and even more.

As I said earlier, the universe Herbert created is vast and impressive. Every aspect of human life is sifted by the cruel climate of Dune, but also, by the more advanced technology available to people. At the same time, religious mysticism abounds — situations that can be clearly labeled as fantasy are at the core of the story itself.

The bestselling SF novel of all time, Dune spanned several sequels, and prequels and all that, written both by Herbert himself and by his son, but the first novel is the ultimate masterpiece.

Maybe the other novels in the story build a more intricate web of treachery and lies, but Dune manages to build an entirely different world from our own, and at the same time, it makes it believable.

A story about destiny, about power, a story of love and passion and bravery, and at the same time, a story about the power that resides inside each and every individual, Dune can be read as a SF novel or as a brilliant metaphor for the world outside our windows.

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4 comments on “Dune

  1. Bill Chance says:

    I had to read Dune twice to even begin to appreciate it. I suppose that’s one sign of a great book.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Bob R Bogle says:

    I don't know how deeply you've gone into Herbert and his collected works so far, but eventually you may be interested in this. A new comprehensive critical analysis of the complete works of Frank Herbert is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Here's the website for the book.

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  3. gabe10 says:

    I'm unfortunately of those who've only seen Lynch's film. I've been thinking about reading the series for ever, but haven't found the time. I'm also one of those who think that film is brilliant despite its numerous flaws… One day I'll get to the books

  4. Dune is one of my favorite novels of all time. Read it thrice already but still want to reread it again.

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