Dune – II
Finally, finally, I finished Dune. The whole trilogy. And it took me so long not because I found it boring (it wasn’t, not for one second) but because life sorta’ got in the way 😉
I’m not going to say it’s one of the best books I’ve read – because it’s not, but I’m definitely going to say it’s one of the most captivating. I had a few notes on a pad when I finished Dune Messiah, but, after The Children of Dune they seem rather useless. Dune Messiah seemed more like a bridge – a world of conspiracy, plans in the dark and visions. The rise of an Empire causes unrest, and the once unifying force will be driven out – it’s the ebb and flow of life. Had I been younger, I would have been pretty upset by Muad’Dib’s death – but for that moment it felt right, just as his “resurrection” (well, he never died, so it’s not an actual resurrection) didn’t feel forced, but the next logical step. As far as the plot goes, the book is a bit predictable, but only because it follows a logical path. And I really appreciate that, most of the decisions taken, most of the turns of the tide have a reason behind them – a very rational trigger (except, maybe, for the religious mystique angle – that was a bit much for me). The Children of Dune was the fall of Paul’s empire, and the rise of another, more permanent and dominated by a much more powerful force. In the end, the game remains the same, even if the players and rules and slowly changing.
I’m miles away from doing justice to the book – but having spent so much time in its universe, I don’t really think I want to dwell on it any longer. It’s a story I wholeheartedly recommend – and that’s all I can do at 00.30 am. 🙂