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Dune by Frank Herbert
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Jul 12, 2008

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bookshelves: classic, science-fiction

To me this is a book of extremes. One minute I’m amazed by Herbert’s analysis and illustration of such weighty topics as religion, politics and ecology. This work is profoundly literary in its illumination of these themes. It can virtually work as a primer in hardball political strategy.

Then the next minute he’s using the topoi of the homicidal master race and the chosen one. Granted, this “master race” is one not because of genetics but because of environment, so this idea not as revolting as it could be; but the idea of a super people that can kill without restraint should be disconcerting to say the least. Here it is glorified. The topos of the chosen one is clichéd and antithetical to the concept of free will. I find it annoying.

Since I can’t simultaneously give this book a one and a five, I’ll give it a three.

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