January 11, 2006

Dune

Dune cover

This is my second Dune post, read the original if you want.

Dune is a magnificent book, that gets even better on a second reading. The remaining books in the series are good, but don’t compare to the original. Still, I plan to buy all of them when I have some cash.

Love the whole mythos of the ‘verse. The book gives you a feel of what it’s like to be swept up in something bigger than oneself. Something that holds power over you even if you know it’s not really true. And it says that sometimes life has strange designs of its own.

I don’t want to commit the sin of trying to explain the plot here—I’d fail miserably. Suffice to say, if you’re a SciFi/Fantasy fan, and you haven’t read Dune yet, then you’ve done something wrong.

Here be the quotes:

Muad’Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It’s shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad’Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson.
—The Humanity of Muad’Dib

Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test that it’s a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.
—Muad’Dib: Family Commentaries

The person who experiences greatness must have a feeling for the myth he is in. He must reflect what is projected upon him. And he must have a strong sense of the sardonic. This is what uncouples him from belief in his own pretensions. The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.
—from Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib

The Fremen were supreme in that quality the ancients called “spannungsbogen”—which is the self-imposed delay between desire for a thing and the act of reaching out to grasp that thing.
—from The Wisdom of Muad’Dib

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