In 1972, Robert Silverberg, even then an acknowledged leader in the science fiction field, published a book that was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. More than three decades later, Dying Inside has stood the test of time and has been recognized as one of the finest novels the field has ever produced. Never wasting a word, Silverberg persuasively shows us what it would be like to read minds, painting an unforgettable portrait of a man shaped by that unique power; a power he is now inexorably losing.
Acclaimed upon first publication by SF critics and mainstream reviewers alike, Dying Inside is overdue for reintroduction to today’s SF audience. This is a novel for everyone who appreciates deeply affecting characterization, imaginative power, and the irreplaceable perspective unique to speculative fiction of the highest order.
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“One of those rare novels that manages to be at once dazzling and tender.” (Michael Chabon)
“Dying Inside is an artist’s summit that doubles as an intimate allegory of the artist’s quandary.” (Jonathan Lethem)
“Silverberg has written the perfect science fiction novel for people who don’t like science fiction.” (The New York Times Book Review)
This one's a keeper. Despite Silverberg's reputation as a great SF author, this book isn't a genre work. It's has a lyrical feel, maybe like a memoir with telepathy as a kind of stand-in for the creative process. The performance was wonderful with lots of colour, but never overbearing. Best book I read or listened to all year.
I purchased this book because I like first person perspective stories and the premise was interesting. The story is a nauseating diary of inane interactions. The narration is equally poor. The narrator has a deep, slow droll that puts you to sleep.
Dying inside is written in a subjective style from the point of view of its protagonist, David Selig, a man who is losing his telepathic abilites, and he is struggling to compensate for the lose. The novel is every bit as much a literary masterpiece as it is classic science fiction. The novel actually trancends the science fiction genre, practically anyone could enjoy this book.
People who enjoy self-pity.
Explored beyond the premise of the title.
His voice is the only reason I listened to the whole thing.
The protagonist. (The agonist?)
I expected real science fiction. This is a novel with a quirky premise.
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