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DescriptionIn 1965, after being rejected by more than a dozen publishing houses, a book called "Dune" was brought out by the Chilton Book Company. Its respected author, journalist Frank Herbert, had written "Dune" with nothing more in mind than to entertain his readers with the telling of a particularly complex story, one which had occupied his thoughts for more than six years. No one - not Herbert, not Chilton, not the science fiction community at the time - had any idea that "Dune" would be adopted and read by successive generations with a fervor bordering on cult worship. Or that it would prove to be merely the first of what have now become five international bestsellers about a desert world of the future - the planet Arrakis, called Dune.
- Published: 01 February 1996
- Format: Paperback 535 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780441172719 ISBN 10: 0441172717
- Sales rank: 1,853
Reviews for Dune
- Top review
Dune makes Star Wars look like child play. Just can't get enough of it.
I have to admit that I always had a stigma against sci-fi novels. I use to think that this genre is everything a teenage boy's wet dream is made of. You know... spaceships, lasers, beautiful alien princesses and battling reptilian creatures from hostile alien planets (as if real life isn't complicated enough).
However, Frank Herbert's Dune blew my mind away. I was immediately transported after the first couple of chapters and every subsequent chapter after that make me feel as if I was pulled in, deeper and deeper into the world, the characters and the drama that surrounds it. I forgot that I was reading a sci-fi novel but rather, an epic about human endeavor.
Dune tells a story of a Duke's only son (Paul Atreides) who had to go into hiding after a traitorous plot against his noble family. He returns from the ashes as "the chosen one" who will lead a revolution that will change the planet forever.
What's most fascinating to me is not just the plot alone (coz the premise is pretty familiar today) but the various themes that surround it.
Dune explores the politics and violence involved in the fight for natural resources, the power in understanding social norms of other races, the power of religion in uniting people and how mythologies and legends are born.
So yea... it is a lot more sophisticated than Star Wars 1 - 6 put together (in fact, it is a lot more sophisticated than ANYTHING George Lucas can ever conceive. Now that's an additional plus point for me)
All in all, Dune is a really great read. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I can't bring myself to read the sequels (after all, any follow ups to an already amazing epic always fall short of expectations). I don't want to ruin an already awesome tale. by Chia Pi Wo