沙丘 (Dune Chronicles, #1) Frank Herbert

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Published: January 2006

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沙丘 (Dune Chronicles, #1)  by  Frank Herbert

沙丘 (Dune Chronicles, #1) by Frank Herbert
January 2006 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 737 pages | ISBN: | 6.77 Mb

Theres a characteristically witty essay by Borges about a man who rewrites Don Quixote, many centuries after Cervantes. He publishes a novel with the same title, containing the same words in the same order. But, as Borges shows you, the different cultural context means its a completely new book! What was once trite and commonplace is now daring and new, and vice versa. It just happens to look like Cervantess masterpiece.Similarly, imagine the man who was brave or stupid enough to rewrite Dune in the early 21st century.

Like many people who grew up in the 60s and 70s, I read the book in my early teens. What an amazing story! Those kick-ass Fremen! All those cool, weird-sounding names and expressions they use! (They even have a useful glossary in the back). The disgusting, corrupt, slimy Harkonnens - dont you just love to hate them! When former-aristo-turned-desert-guerilla-fighter Paul MuadDib rides in on a sandworm at the end to fight the evil Baron and his vicious, cruel nephew, of course youre cheering for him.

Who the hell wouldnt be?So that was the Dune we know and love, but the man who rewrote it now would get a rather different reception. Oh my God! These Fremen, who obviously speak Arabic, live on a desert planet which supplies the Universe with melange, a commodity essential to the Galactic economy, and in particular to transport. Not a very subtle way to say oil! They are tough, uncompromising fighters, who are quite happy to use suicide bombing as a tactic.

Theyre led by a charismatic former rich kid (OK, we get who you mean), who inspires them to rise up against the corrupt, degenerate... um, does he mean Westerners? Or only the US? And who is Baron Harkonnen intended to be? Im racking my brains... Dubya doesnt quite seem to fit, but surely he means someone? Unless, of course, hes just a generic stereotype who stands for the immoral, sexually obsessed West.

This is frightening. What did we do to make Frank al-Herbert hate us so much? Youd have people, not even necessarily right-wingers, appearing on TV to say that the book was dangerous, and should be banned: at the very least, it incites racial hatred, and openly encourages terrorism. But translations would sell brilliantly in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and a bad movie version would soon be made in Turkey.I honestly dont think Herbert meant any of that- but today, its almost impossible not to wonder.

If anyone reading this review is planning to rewrite The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, youd better make sure you get your timing right. Who knows how it will be interpreted five years from now?



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