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Dune by Frank Herbert


Dune by Frank Herbert is considered a foundational text for epic science fiction, published in 1965 to huge praise, it has sold many millions of copies globally.

As quite a new sci-fi reader, I had heard about Dune peripherally but never wanted to read the book until watching the film last year. Usually I am the one arguing that books and imagination are always better, advocating for reading the book first.

I have to say in this instance I really feel that having the big screen helped me get through Dune and brought it alive. You are thrown in at the deep end by Herbert, there is little build up introducing the different worlds, cultures, religions and environments he created.

I didn’t read this breathlessly, at times if felt a bit like trudging through dense mud but I almost wonder if that isn’t on purpose. There is a mystical, messiah character, a cult of witches (hi hello my faves), galactic politics and intrigue, imperialism, environmentalism in the plot, all elements I loved.

For me the most powerful part of Dune is the importance of water on the sand planet Arrakis. Imagine conserving sweat & urine, never crying for fear of losing moisture. Where every single drop of water is critical, life giving. I can’t turn on a tap without thinking about this book.

I found it a harder read, with hugely profound passages and a fascinating context – I don’t know if I enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. It satiated my need to know what is going to happen in Dune 2 which I will definitely be watching. Clearly sometimes seeing the screen adaptation first helps, so I stand corrected ~ C

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