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Dying Inside | [Robert Silverberg]

Dying Inside

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1972 Agberg, Ltd. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    rm3154 Halifax, Nova Scotia 11-05-13
    rm3154 Halifax, Nova Scotia 11-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "masterwork"

    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.

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    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 04-05-14
    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "An Undistinguished Man with Telepathic Abilities"

    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.

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    Stephany Ann Arbor, MI, United States 06-23-12
    Stephany Ann Arbor, MI, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Unrelenting angst"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy self-pity.


    What could Robert Silverberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Explored beyond the premise of the title.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stefan Rudnicki?

    His voice is the only reason I listened to the whole thing.


    What character would you cut from Dying Inside?

    The protagonist. (The agonist?)


    Any additional comments?

    I expected real science fiction. This is a novel with a quirky premise.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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