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Time Enough for Love [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert A. Heinlein
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (Oct 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425043738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425043738
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,454,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Follows Woodrow Wilson Smith's odyssey through time as he manipulates situations to suit his purposes and extend his youth. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars time enough for love 30 Jun 2002
By sean
Another classic from a word smith of consumate skill . TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE , is a review of a life spanning more than two thousand years by the now legendary Lazarus Long .
some times sad sometimes comical but always , and in all ways a very hard book to put down
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reason for Living 27 Oct 2002
Way back at the beginning of Heinlein's writing career his editor at Astounding, John W. Campbell, published the 'Future History', a two page listing of Heinlein's projection of the significant individuals and scientific, economic, and political events of the next 700+ years, along with a list of story titles that brought each of these events to life. At that time, most of those stories hadn't been written, and from some of the notes and statements in interviews that Heinlein made in the fifties and sixties, it looked like some of those originally projected stories would never be written, most significantly the final entry, "Da Capo". Finally, in 1973, when everyone had given up hope, this book appeared, a book that put the finishing touches on the Future History, a book that closes with that final story.

But before reaching that final story, we are given a cornucopia of other stories, as Lazarus Long, now some 2300 years old, is induced to reminisce about his life as part of a complex deal to preserve the 'wisdom' of the oldest man alive. Each of the stories that Lazarus relates are fairly complete by themselves, and many authors would have chosen to publish each of them separately, but Heinlein chose to keep them all as one piece, as each story helps to illuminate his overriding theme, on just what is love in all of its myriad aspects and why it is so important to man's survival as a species.

The first of the tales, "The Man Who Was Too Lazy to Fail", may be the weakest of any of the stories, but for those who know something about Heinlein's life, this story is very clearly autobiographical in nature, with some changes in names and places to protect the innocent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, a great sci-fi novel 18 Feb 1999
By A Customer
I first read this book about twenty years ago, and I found the opening 100 pages a little hard going but persevering brought a very rewarding read. Robert Heinleins perpetually youthfull hero lazarus long decribes his lives and loves through 23 centuries of aging and rejuvenation until he tires of a life of contant repetition. This is where the story opens with Lazarus going home to die, but his latter day decendants have other ideas... This novel is a very good read, the author explores Love in great depth and exposes and ridicules some of societies religious and cultural ideals. recommended without reservation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Long Story 2 Feb 2007
This is the story of Lazarus Long, the Eternal Man. In return for finding things that he has never done before, Long perhaps an amalgam of all the characters in Heinlein's novels agrees to tell the story of his lives. As is usual in Heinlein's novels there is quite a bit of the iconoclast himself in the major character. Certainly enough of his views that interupt the storyline periodically in the shape of the thoughts of Lazarus Long.

For all this and a certain amount of pushing the boundaries this is a novel you will either love or hate. It is a strange mixture of ultra conservative and liberal. It is not the most accessable of Heinleins books but it does reward pursuit to the end. There is intelligence, romance, adventure, pathos and a fair dollop of moralising but it can be read on many levels even if a certain elastic morality is required on the part of the reader. Worth it in the long run.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very strange Sci Fi book 4 Jun 2010
By Paul M
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The opening few chapters are horribly pointless, but after this the novel takes off, it is almost but not quite autobiographical in nature about 2300 years of life if you've read about Heinlien history then some things seem to be familiar.

It is incredibly strange for a Sci Fi book as old wild west sort of story lines and plot lines are introduced something completely unexpected. Love, government and human wants and desires I think are all well played out in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Formative! 25 Feb 2009
By Mart
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book on reading it, although it starts a little slowly, different from much of his earlier work.

Lots of the stories stirred a lot of emotion for me; not an emotionally aware person when I first read it and as well as being fun and interesting to read about adventures; and the perspectives of Lazarus on life it broadened the way I thought about things a lot and asked many questions which are good questions to have asked of oneself.

Characters and lifestyles in this story are very 'earthy' and very much challenge the normal point of view one is raised with. But this is not a bad thing and it is not obvious that someday we may not evolve to have families of similar types that Heinlein depicted. However, such living is not something most people today could accept the idea of never mind the reality.

Philip K Dick certainly disliked the politics of Heinlein, but his books themselves were full of the surreal, revolutionary and often utterly bizarre and no less challenging then Heinlein. I suspect those who do not like this work worry as it is closer to reality and thus easier to identify with as an actual future which is objectionable to them.

It does ask the question of what is really natural behaviour for people and, if there were no taboos or economic restrictions how would people choose to live? How many children might they choose to have? What would one do if one could live, essentially indefinately?

Whatever challenging ideas the book has overall it is a work of beauty and strikes me mainly, in all of the strength that there is when a group of people love and help one another.

The idea that a person can love more than one other person is as true as anything said anywhere else. It has added richness to my life and I would recommend reading this book as thoroughly enjoyable and well worth reading.

And I never got my copy back when I lent it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heinlein at his best
One of Heinlein's "Future History" stories - the stories of Lazarus Long and the Howard foundation, A great shame Heinlein is no longer with us
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heinlein at his best
I have always been a fan of Heinleins work, and this is one of his best. His greatest attribute is the way he brings characters to life, the main character Woodrow Wilson Smith (... Read more
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