Author: Frank Herbert (Website)
Series: Dune Chronicles #1
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Paperback (544 pages)
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Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream. Summary from Back Cover
This is actually the third time I’ve read Dune. I first read it for my science fiction class in high school. It was the second book I ever read that was assigned in one of my classes. And, it immediately became one of my favorite books. At the time, it was my only favorite book.
Each time I re-read Dune, I fall in love with it all over again because I love the complexity of the story. While I was reading it this time, however, the relationship between the characters stood out more than they had the first two times I read Dune. I think reading all the different stories with romance intertwined in them has affected how I view other stories. For example, there’s a small love story between Paul and Chani. But, it’s not the main focus of the story. And, as I read about them, I found myself wanting that aspect of the story to be more prominent, even though I knew it wouldn’t be.
I think it’s interesting how each time I reread a book, my view or outlook of the story changes depending on where I am in life, what type of difficulties I’m facing at the time, or because I now know the outcome of the story/series.
Anyway, I loved Dune this time around just as much as I did the other times I’ve read it. Actually, I think I enjoyed it a little more this time around and I’m glad I took the time to reread it again rather than just focusing on reading books I’ve never read. I also think it’s high time I read the other books in the series since I’ve never read them.
2015 Reread Thoughts
This time, I noticed the tenderness between Paul and Chani a lot. It still didn’t quite satiate my need for romance, but I did like those moments. I also noticed the role of women this time around more–how some are very strong characters, but they’re still mostly regarded as property or secondary to the men. None of these changed my feelings. I still love Dune for all that it is, even if it is a bit sexist.
I also realized why I love the political and theological intrigue in this book more so than say, Ender’s Game. It’s because it’s scientific and strategic, whereas Ender’s Game is more philisophical. I love science, but I hate philosophy because it’s so abstract.
PS–I also reread Dune in 2012, but I didn’t keep track of anything I noticed that time around.