Friday Friyay: 'Dune' by Frank Herbert
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.
Book Beginnings is at home on Rose City Reader, hosted by Gilion Dumas, and Friday 56 at Freda's Voice, hosted by Freda. I'll also be joining the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Billy over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.
'In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul.' 1%
I absolutely loved this scene in the film, the specific 10 seconds or so that lead into the arrival of this "old crone". It was actually why I wanted to read the book, so imagine my surprise when the novel starts with it straightaway!
'Glowglobes came alight farther into the cave. She saw people moving there, Paul among them already dressed and with his hood thrown back to reveal the aquiline Atreides profile.' 56%
I'm not quite here yet, but I feel this short quote sums up much about Paul. Amongst the people and always mysteriously at ease, yet also set apart by his Atreides "profile" and his destiny. Can't wait to hit this point and see what's going on.
This week's question was suggested by Elizabeth from Silver's Reviews:
If you are listening to an audiobook, do you follow along with the print version?
Oh no, I'd lose my focus straightaway if I was also reading it. With books I know intimately, like Pride & Prejudice, I can follow along on some passages, but usually I try to see the audiobook as its own separate thing from the book. It is an interpretation of the book, in the way that a film adaptation is, and therefore, for me at least, needs to make sense to me on its own.
That's it for me this week! What are you reading?