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14:10 Mar 13, 2004
English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase:Dune
context: a man is critically and arrogantly inspecting the bookshop, taking his time but he doesnt open even one book. the shopkeeper is thinking: "He went to the basement as well, emerging after just a few minutes. well, ý thought with begrudging approval, no Raymond Chandler or bloody Dune for that one.
(this is from an American novel)
in the original text, "Dune" is italic, so it is probable the writer is referring to the film or novel, but why? so what does Chandler and Dune refer to actually?
Explanation: I believe he's referring to the books called 'doorstoppers' or more commonly, 'airport reading', because they are quite thick (many pages) and entertaining, sometimes even stimulating but not challenging or difficult. Strictly reading for leisure. These terms are not necessarily derogatory but can be used that way (literary equivalent of 'elevator music'.) Other answers have already mentioned Dune; Raymond Chandler is a well-known popular author of detective novels.
Explanation: It's possible he is referring to a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert.
American science-fiction writer who became famous with his ecological novel DUNE (1965), set in a world of giant sandworms. The epic adventure won the first Nebula for Best Novel, shared the Hugo, and gained a cult status among science fiction readers. Herbert's bestseller was followed by five sequels. Often Herbert's stories dealt with great cycles of development, environmental as well as cultural.