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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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text 2018-07-29 15:07
Reading progress update: I've read 137 out of 529 pages.
Dune - Frank Herbert

I know, I just posted an update, but it doesn´t happen every day that I´m getting offended on behalf of an entire planet in outer space.

 

Arrakis is a desert planet without water and the population (not the ruling house, of course) has to suffer because of this lack of water. So the former ruling family, the Harkonnens, thought this custom to be a good idea:

 

Flanking the doorway in which he stood were broad laving basins of ornate yellow and green tile. Each basin had its rack of towels. It was the custom, the housekeeper had explained, for guests as they entered to dip their hands ceremoniusly into a basin, slop several cups of water onto the floor, dry their hands on a towel and fling the towel into the growing puddle at the door. After the dinner, beggars gathered outside to get the water squeezings from the towels.

 

Apparently Duke Leto Atreides is just as offended as I am and how I admire his character for this:

 

"I know the customs!" he barked. "Take these basins to the front door. While we´re eating and until we´ve finished, each beggar who calls may have a full cup of water. Understood?"

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