Dune was one of the most confusing books I’ve ever read and I loved it! Not understanding a word for the first five chapters might sound terrible, but it was such a well written, unique story, I just couldn’t put it down.
Frank Herbert has created a new world(s) thousands of years into the future of Earth. Humans live on different planets where they answer to Dukes, Lords and Emperors. While the main characters, Paul, Jessica and Chani were great, it wasn’t them that caught my interest. It was actually Herbert’s plot-line that revolved around the conservation and importance of water. This book written at least twenty years ago beautifully depicts a time when water will be so scarce and precious that humans will not only start to distill their body sweat but also distill the water from dead bodies.
Living in North America where one can get water by simply turning on the tap has de-sensitised me to people living in poverty, drought and starvation. Today water is readily available to some while it is denied to others and Herbert’s themes of the inequality of classes in the distribution of water has never been so obvious to me.
Dune made me reflect on all the ways I waste water without thinking about it. There are the common ways: leaving the tap on while brushing teeth, taking long showers etc. But there many other unconscious ways. For example, drinking an iced coffee/tea but at the end of the drink, throwing out the ice cubes with the cup. Yes, that’s a waste of water!
A great book challenges you to think, to reflect, to re-evaluate. Dune, by virtue of doing all of the above, is a fantastic book. It’s a complicated book that isn’t easy to read but if you’re ready for the challenge, give it a try!
If you do read it or have already done so, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. I would also love to hear of ways to save water and other ways in which we all unconsciously waste that precious H2O. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for more on our (mis)adventures and interests.
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