Dying Inside (NEW)


  • Paperback
  • 256
  • Dying Inside
  • Robert Silverberg
  • English
  • 09 September 2018
  • 9780743435086

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Dying Inside review Ò 100 G's masterwork Dying Inside is a vivid harrowing portrait of a man who suandered a remarkable gift of a superman who had to learn what it was to be huma. I finished Dying Inside this morning and I m still not sure what to say about it Perhaps I should start by saying that I don t believe this is science fiction at all I kept looking for the science part and it just wasn t there I believe that it would have been classified as general fiction if it hadn t been written by a famous science fiction authorI have to say that I have met few fictional characters that are pathetic than David Selig He s not pathetic because he s losing his telepathic powers he s pathetic because he allows his mind reading ability to paralyze him and keep him from living Further people around him kind of sense when he s reading their minds and it makes them creeped out even though they can t explain why He is unlovable because he loathes himself He doesn t try to make anything of himself It seems that he s only had one real job in his life He sees losing his ability as losing something important Somehow I think the loss of his ability is the gain of his humanity I thought it was interesting the way Silverberg switched between first person narration and third person narration even though it was David Selig narrating the whole time It makes it uite clear that David doesn t have a clear self identity Maybe that s his ultimate problem

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Dying Inside review Ò 100 David Selig was born with an awesome power the ability to look deep into the human heart to probe the darkest truths hidden in the secret recesses of th. A Goodreads friend recently asked if Silverberg lacked the matinee firepower of Heinlein or Asimov because he had no masterwork no centerpiece to which critics could point no one work that served as an identity Silverberg Grandmaster though he is lacks a Stranger in a Strange Land or Foundation or DuneI submit here to the court of science fiction literature that Dying Inside is such a workDying Inside is Silverberg s 1972 science fiction fantasy classic about telepathy and so much Fundamentally this is about communication and relationships natural and artificial and one man s place in society This could be seen as an allegory about community and how we can be defined both by what we show the world and also the deeper truths that can even be and too often are hidden from ourselvesThough it lacks the overwhelming theme of gestalt I could not help comparing Silverberg s Dying Inside to Theodore Sturgeon s More Than Human for its sense of alienation amidst a greater sense of lost connections of being separated from mankind and superhuman ability representing hyperbole of distinctionAlso and in a weird obliue way that is hard to accurately define I thought of Philip K Dick s novel The Transmigration of Timothy Archer because of the themes of otherworldly isolation and an inability to connect with those around when one feels a greater sense of spiritual guilt and angstMy work reuires a great deal of reading and rapacious reader that I am I usually need better than a week to get through a book I burned through this one I almost literally could not put it downSelig s denouement his crushing catharsis and his repetition of the silence is akin to Conrad s the horror in his last words for the dying KurtzFinally as I turned the last page when I said goodnight to this magnificent work I heard the opening strains of Bach s Toccata and Fugue in D Minort I also thought of the end of A Clockwork Orange not Kubrik s end but Burgess and of course of course Elliot s description of how the world endsLocus magazine called Dying Inside one of the best science fiction novels of all time Yes Yes

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Dying Inside review Ò 100 E soul With reckless abandon he used his talent in the pursuit of pleasure Then one day his power began to die Universally acclaimed as Robert Silverber. Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction all time greats there is no doubt about that in my mind He belongs up there with Asimov Clarke Heinlein etc If you have never heard of him it would be because he is the most criminally underrated sf authors ever I have said virtually the same thing in my previous review of his book Nightwings and I will probably be saying the same damn thing again next time I review one of his books simply because it bears repeatingAmong long time avid sf readers Silverberg is in fact uite well known and Dying Inside is often regarded as one of his very best books I just reread it today for discussion at Reddit SF Book Club where it is the selected title for October 2012 He who peeps through a hole may see what will vex himThis old proverb is uoted a couple of times in the book and sums up the basic plot about the life of David Selig the protagonist of the book uite well David Selig is a telepath who is slowly losing his telepathic powers He regards his telepathic giftcurse as a separate entity residing within himself the gradual loss of this power is like a part of him is dying inside Dying Inside puts the reader inside Selig s head much like his probing into other s people s mind Silverberg puts in a lot of attention to details of a telepath s life and reading this book is a visceral experience Art by Leo and Diane DillonI used to imagine having telepathic power is bound to be a lot of fun and come in very handy This novel shows how it can lead to a very miserable existence depending on the personality and outlook of the person with the power Selig feels guilty about using his power to spy on other people but is addicted to doing itThis results in a severely conflicted individual and the deterioration of his power only compounds his misery In contrast his friend Nyuist who has the same ability is well adjusted and is having a whale of a time using it While the general tone of the book tend to be rather melancholy there are humorous comments and witticisms scattered trough out the book which saves it from being too leaden Selig s attempt at jive style Greek tragedy is particularly hilariousWhat makes Silverberg special among sf authors is his prose style it is elouent and lyrical yet it is not like the style of other lyrical sf authors such as Ray Bradbury Jack Vance or Gene Wolfe Silverberg has his own uniue voice which can veer from elegant to hip and sarcastic as the narrative demands The novel has a non linear timeline but it is easy to follow even without any indication of the date at the beginning of each chapter due to the clarity of his narrative Unlike Silverberg s other sf novels there is no mind blowing sci fi technology in this book no aliens space travel no world building to speak of etc The setting is contemporary America in the 60s70s and there is no climax in the conventional sense I believe this book is essentially about how people relate to each other especially those who are or should be near and dear to us The end result is one of the most beautiful exuisitely written sf novels I have ever read


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    Robert Silverberg Ç 0 review Read ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ç Robert Silverberg Dying Inside (NEW) Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction all time greats there is no doubt about that in my mind He belongs up there with Asimov Clarke Heinlein etc If you have never heard of him it would be because he is the most criminally underrated sf authors ever I have said virtually the same thing in my previous review of his book Nightwings and I

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    Dying Inside (NEW) Summary Dying Inside Strangely enough I found this one a real treat to read It might have something to do with the fact that I read A Time of Changes The World Inside and it all within the same day somewhat in spirit of how damn uick Silverberg wrote these great classics And because I read them all back to back I found that being this familiar with the

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