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review 2018-08-18 15:04
Islamic Thought: "Dune" by Frank Herbert
Dune - Frank Herbert


A great book full of grand themes.

Time has only made it grander in its vision. I mean, there was a time when Islam wasn't the great, dangerous "other" to Western eyes. Moderate Islam had an appeal to the west, for example, Goethe's west-eastern Divan. Dune stands in this tradition. It describes a world which is full of Islamic thought. It is world in which Islam probably pushed aside Christianity to become the world's leading religion. In demographic terms, Herbert will most likely turn out to be correct. Also, Paul Atreides is a soldier as well as a religious leader, that means, he is not a Jesus figure (who was not a soldier); he is a Mohamed, the leader of a state and of a religion. Then there are the themes of climate change, genetic engineering, the artificiality of religion, which were prophetic. Herbert had a keen eye for the themes that would dominate the next decades (centuries?)

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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text 2018-08-02 15:07
Reading progress update: I've read 529 out of 529 pages.
Dune - Frank Herbert

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Phew, I finally made it throught this book. I really loved the first part of the book, part two and three, which are all about the prophecy, were incredibly boring  and towards the end I really hated all of the characters in this book. Especially Paul, who is the master of giving crappy speeches whenever he is not getting lost in time and space ... or whatever he is doing.

 

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text 2018-08-02 13:02
Reading progress update: I've read 480 out of 529 pages.
Dune - Frank Herbert

Paul said: "There is in each of us an ancient force that takes and an ancient force that gives. A man finds little difficulty facing that place within himself where the taking force dwells, but it´s almost impossible for him to see into the giving force without changing into something other than man. For a woman, the situation is reversed." [...]

"These things are so ancient with us," Paul said, "that they´re ground into each separate cell of our bodies. We´re shaped by such forces. You can say to yourself, "Yes, I see how such a thing may be." But when you look inward and confront the raw force of your own life unshielded, you see your peril. You see that this could overwhelm you. The greatest peril to the Giver is the force that takes. The greatest peril to the Taker is the force that gives. It´s as easy to be overwhelmed by giving as by taking."

 

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Paul is truly the master of talking BS. Thankfully I have only 50 pages left in this book. I´m so glad when I´m done with it.

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text 2018-08-02 07:21
Reading progress update: I've read 410 out of 529 pages.
Dune - Frank Herbert

I am a theatre of processes, he told himself. I am prey to the imperfect vision, to the race consciousness and its terrible purpose.

Yet, he could not escape the fear that he had somehow overrun himself, lost his position in time, so that past and future and present mingled without distinction. It was a kind of visual fatigue and it came, he knew, from the constant necessity of holding the prescient future as a kind of memory that was in itself a thing intrinsically of the past.

 

I´m really sick and tired of this "floating through time and space" / awareness / "I can see the past and the future simultaneously" stuff, which has been going on for the last 200 pages. Everytime Paul starts to ramble, I´m thinking "Please, not again!".

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text 2018-08-01 05:44
Reading progress update: I've read 309 out of 529 pages.
Dune - Frank Herbert

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.

 

 

The ancients must have read the Duden (the German dictionary) incorrectly. They must have meant "Selbstkontrolle" or "Selbstbeherrschung" (self-restraint), "Spannungsbogen" doesn´t make sense (which means the build up of tension and suspense towards an climax over the course of a story, whether it being a book or a movie).

 

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