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Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg

Dying Inside (1972)

by Robert Silverberg

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It's damned impressive. There's a weird racial subplot that didn't age very well, but otherwise most excellent. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Feb 24, 2019 |
Profoundly intimate novel about a man with a psychic gift to read minds. The focus is surprisingly academic and biographical for such a fantastical premise. A man who could have almost anything he wanted, his future limited only by his imagination, ends up gritting college kids selling term papers. He is hopelessly self-involved, bitter, and just a little bit self-destructive. He is also blessed with this gift, or perhaps cursed with it, and as time progresses when begin to see a terrible new truth; it is failing him. The gift that sets him apart, or perhaps keeps him separated from humanity might just be leaving him. A heart-wringing journey through a petty manÛªs life and the wasted potential of a god. ( )
1 vote michaeladams1979 | Oct 11, 2018 |
Maravillosa obra, por lo que cuenta y cómo lo cuenta.
Imprescindible, no dejes de leerla, en serio.

Lee mi reseña completa aquí. ( )
  LuisBermer | Sep 2, 2018 |
Not a re-read, though I might have to dig it out. This book made a hell of an impression on me as a teenager. Truly a New Wave classic. When you read a book 15 years ago and it stills pops into your brain at odd moments, you can't help but give it five stars. ( )
  picklefactory | Jan 16, 2018 |
David gets paid to write university papers for college students. He has been telepathic (he can read minds) all his life. He is now in his 40s(?), and his “gift” seems to be disappearing. He looks back on the good and bad his telepathy has brought him and is trying to deal with the seemingly inevitable loss of it.

Overall, it was ok. The 1970s definitely came through in the book (it was originally published in ‘72): sex and drugs. I enjoyed some of the relationships David had – the rocky relationship with his adopted younger sister, adopted when David was 10 years old; and his long-ago relationship with Kitty were particularly interesting to me. Some of the rest of it wasn’t as interesting, though. I’m not sure why the author felt it necessary to include some of the university papers her wrote for students; I found those boring and mostly skimmed those. The edition I read was published in 2008 and there was a good introduction by the author as to how the book came about. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jul 30, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Robert Silverbergprimary authorall editionscalculated
Abadia, GuyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alpers, Hans JoachimEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Erlich, Richard D.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freas, Frank KellyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harman, DominicCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Korusiewicz, MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodríguez, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stege, GiselaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
White, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For B and T and C and me - we sweated it out
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So, then, I have to go downtown to the University and forage for dollars again.
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Imagine what it would be like if you could tell what the innermost thoughts and feelings of those around you were. Imagine if, as you reached middle age, you lost that ability. What would it do to you to be like everyone else?

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Science fiction. From birth David Selig was both blessed and cursed with the ability to look into the innermost thoughts and hearts of people around him. As he grew he learnt to protect himself from the things he did not want to hear and eavesdropped on all that he did, using his powers for the pursuit of pleasure. But now having reached middle-age, David's powers are fading, slowly stranding him in a world he does not know how to handle, leaving him living on the outside but dying inside. Universally acclaimed as Silverberg's masterpiece, this is the harrowing and chilling story of a man who squandered his remarkable powers and then had to learn what it was like to be human.… (more)

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