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    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.

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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)

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    • rm3154
    • 05/11/2013

    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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    • Jim "The Impatient"
    • 20/09/2014

    LITERARY TWADDLE

    THE OLD ACADEMIC BULLSHIT
    This book reads like a diary and each day could start with the words, Oh Woe Is Me. The main character can read minds and this leads to all sorts of problems. For most of his life he knows no one else who can do this and he can not tell anyone else. As a small child, he reads the minds of his parents as they have sex, argue, lie to each other, etc. I had high hopes for this and thought it was going to make an interesting story. The story meandered and sometimes into meaningless side stories. David makes money by doing term papers for college students. In chapter 4 he does a paper on THE NOVELS OF KAFKA, and we get the entire paper in this book. Chapter 14 is THE "ELECTRA" THEME IN AESCHYLUS, SOPHOCLES, AND EURIPIDES and once again we get to read the entire paper.

    Evidently there is no upside to reading minds and then when you lose the power that has haunted you all your life, there is no upside to that either. As they say were I live, this guy would bitch if they hung him with a new rope.

    TIME FOR MIND MOVIES

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    • Ford Family
    • 26/09/2018

    Great writing with many racist/sexist plot points.

    Vivid first person account of a life with telepathy, but protrayls of white women and people of color (telepathic or otherwise) very hurtful. The central concept that his telepathy allows him to access the true thoughts and actions of people makes the portrayals worse--stereotypes are just confirmed never up-ended and although the main character is portrayed as complex, very few characters are. If it wasn't so hurtful to read, it would be 4 stars. The voice acting is good, but adds a sting to, as the author described, the "niggerish jive" dialogue written by the author as the main character talks with a young black man. Very conflicted feelings: talented author, vivid writing, racist and sexist portrayals exacerbated by the central concept the story.

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    • Mark
    • 05/04/2014

    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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    • shieldmaiden
    • 08/06/2021

    porno

    I didn't know Silverberg made a living writing pornography. Pretty raw stuff. I guess I prefer young adult sci-fi.

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    • Michael G Kurilla
    • 29/04/2021

    Aging telepathy

    Robert Silverberg's Dying Inside is a sad tale of an aging telepath gradually losing his telepathic ability. While he has kept his ability secret from nearly the entire world since childhood, rather than imbuing him with superhuman powers, he has been unable to form intimate relationships with other humans. As a child, he is regarded as strange by his peers and adults as he knows what everyone is thinking. As an adult, attempts at closeness with others results in strained relationships at best. He exists at the fringes of society and survives by ghost writing essays for undergraduates. As his abilities begin to fade, he faces an uncertain future with nothing to fall back on.

    Silverberg manages to overturn the notion that telepathy would enhance human interactions as well as the sense of plucking out little nuggets of information that lead to either altruistic endeavors or schemes to get rich or gain influence. Instead, he presents an isolated individual, cut-off because he can never shut-off this strange quirk of his mind. As such, he fails to develop coping mechanisms the rest of humanity takes for granted in everyday life.

    The narration is excellent with a good range of character distinction and reasonable pacing for an otherwise quick listen.

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    • James B
    • 03/04/2021

    Good, but depressing, tale about telepathy

    Great story into the life of a man who’s born with telepathy & how he uses it. I like how the tale is basically a metaphor for growing older. Wasn’t a fan of how pessimistic the protagonist is; he’s not a very likable character & he’s a bit of a misogynist too. Otherwise solid read.

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    • Long_Schlong_Silver
    • 29/05/2020

    Excellent story, excellent narrator

    One of the best-read audio books I've ever heard. brilliantly done, really- and the book itself is one of the best in the genre.

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    • Michelle Hilden
    • 30/01/2020

    Bleak and wandering

    While I acknowledge that this novel is well written there are a few reasons I can only give it a middle of the road score. I was just personally turned off by gratuitous bad language in it. I don't think that it added that much to the story.
    At times it's a fun read a good period-piece from the sixties and seventies.
    I guess it's appropriately titled "dying inside", as this book is basically about everything dying. it's written from a bleak standpoint, that POV of the main character.
    David Selleck talks a lot about his power but he shows precious little that hes benefited from the powers' use in his life.
    He ends up being a study in burnt out relationships, the inability to focus, and self-pity.
    Beyond all that, it's strange the way the chapters change the tense often and change the setting. At times Sellek, seems to even fall into drug trips or some sort of alternate dimension.
    A good book, but one that seems to include more on the symbolic level than I expected.

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    • Justice Campbell
    • 23/02/2018

    Deeply absorbing. Excellent.

    Wistful without being morose. A book that could have been very depressing but wasn’t. Humor, depth, outstanding fiction perfectly believable. No profound ending. Just a thorough examination of and acceptance that loss will occur in life. Recognition of that fact gives us reason to cherish what we will lose before it is lost - our youth, our wits, our loved ones, our lives. Living we fret, dying we live. Recognize our blessings.