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D is for Duncan Idaho

DOne of my favorite characters ever, and one I’ve been trying to figure out how to talk about. I think the short post format of the A to Z Challenge gives me my solution: let’s start small with this character, hit the major points. Start in the beginning, which is such a difficult time, as it points out in Dune.

Duncan Idaho almost exists as a throw-away character in the novel Dune, and was effectively treated as such in the movie and mini-series. He exists far more in the main character’s mind, reminding him of lessons, than he does actually on the page as a character. And like so many characters in Dune, he dies in the first act. So what is it about this character that grows in the imagination, that makes him larger than life? Well, I’m trying to avoid spoilers at least a little bit in this introduction, so follow on for Duncan Idaho: the most lived man in history!

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