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It’s the fiction round of the book club and it’s time for a classic: We’re reading Dune by Frank Herbert, first published in 1965, a masterpiece of science-fiction, which changed the whole genre and influenced pretty much everything published after it: Star Wars probably wouldn’t exist without Dune, Octavia E. Butler called Frank Herbert her “favorite author” and just recently it was turned into a movie (again).
At 600+ pages this one is quite the brick and by far the longest book we ever read in the club, so we’re giving us a bit more time, meeting at the end of January, virtually via Zoom to discuss!
> Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for…
> When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.
> A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
You can find find more information and reviews on the GoodReads page:
Curious? Then order a copy at your local book shop or on Amazon / Book Depository. There are many versions of this one and you should be able to find a cheap copy for a couple of bucks easily (it’s especially cheap on the Kindle store if that’s where you get your books).
Pictured on our photos is the beautiful deluxe edition, which is more expensive, but features quite a bit of nice artwork. It makes sense to take a look around to find the edition appealing to you most!
We discuss in English and/or German, depending on which languages are present, but most likely the discussion will be in English. You definitely don’t need a literature degree to participate! It’s important to us to listen to each other, to treat everyone with respect and to create a safe setting.
The discussion takes place virtually in Zoom and the meeting link will be added to this event and on the day it happens. Just check back here half an hour before the meetup starts!
We usually discuss for 1.5-2 hours. It doesn’t matter if you have actually finished the book – everyone is welcome, as long as they have read at least a few pages and bring their impression. Watching the movie is of course also recommended!