BOOK OF THE DAY:
Before you begin reading Dune, we must tell you, it is absolutely tough, but one of the most worthy reads ever. If you find yourself rereading pages or chapters, it is a triumph. Frank Herbert intelligently composes a faraway interstellar empire.
Dune is the story of Paul Streides, a young boy who is the heir of the House Atreides. Paul lives in a world where the nobility reign and answer to the imperial House Corrino. House Atreides, Paul’s inheritance, is in control of Arraki, a desert planet also known as Dune. In Dune, melange is a “spice” regarded as the most valuable substance in the universe. In order to protect his home, Paul must face the powers of evil in a dry and deadly planet. With the help of the mysterious desert tribe of Fremen, and Paul’s untapped religious power he has the chance to fight evil.
Dune is a complex story layered with politics, religions, technology and the state of humanity and its emotions. It sounds like a handful, but Herbert successfully manages to incorporate every societal struggle. Well for, 1) Herbert fabricated an ecologically complex planet. It is a planet, where water is essential; it is barren and must be saved; 2) The corruption and hierarchy in Dune serve as a comparison to the modern world. It is a political device used in Herbert’s creation of an intricate society with several languages, cultures and names. They are all Arab inspired, much like the terrain of the planet Arraki; and 3) Paul is the messiah of Dune. He is here to save the world.
If you are keeping up, it is clear that Herbert creates a magical labyrinth of characters and worlds in a cosmo similar to ours. This book is a hard read for this reason, its ideas are out of this world. Its complexity is found in these ideas. The book has layers of philosophical meanings. If you are science-fiction lover and you have not read this book, you are violating a the code. Dune is a classic for a reason; it is the bible of science fiction.
If you are one the few who is thrown off by the science-fiction label, open your mind. We have been urging to convince you that Dune is far more profound than a fantasy. It is an imaginative anthropological piece. Its mysticism is only the cherry on top. Don’t be thrown off by the foreign names or planets, reading Dune is an accomplishment. Frank Herbert is prophetic and his world is not foreign or contradictory to ours.
Add this to my list of books i should read when i miraculously have reading time.