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Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg
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Jul 20, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: own, speculative-fiction, psionics
Read from July 20 to August 02, 2010 — I own a copy , read count: 1

A remarkable character study. David Selig is losing his telepathic powers and Silverberg allows the reader to get right into his head. Perhaps I read this during the perfect time in my life but I felt that I could relate to David who was losing many of the aspects that he allowed to define himself. David's true struggle seems to be that, due to his voyeuristic ability, he understands or at least thinks he does, other people but really doesn't grasp himself.

The pacing is nice and some of the chapters were quite tense. I also appreciated that David's schooling and "work" brought him to Columbia University, where I currently go to school. It's quite interesting to see Columbia and New York City through the eyes of the late 60s and early 70s. I wish more SF books like this crossed over to non-genre appreciation--the way Marget Atwood's novels have. This is a thoughtful, well-written, literary work.

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07/21/2010 page 16
5.0% "Enjoying Silverberg's writing style and was able to instantly get into the storyline (sometimes a challenge with Sci-fi)."
07/26/2010 page 68
34.0% "This is quite a literary character study of man. Enjoying..."
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