Unmissable - for a Heinlein Fan,
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This review is from: For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs (Mass Market Paperback)
I read this book and did not stop smiling all the way through - it is an absolute pleasure to read if you've been reading Heinlein since you were 12, like me.
This is the book to read when you've read everything else by and about Heinlein that you can find. For instance: In "Grumbles From the Grave" Heinlein tells the very nicely rounded story of writing and selling his first short story and how he's (understandably) proud of having sold everything he's ever written. However... It turns out that whilst this story is composed of mostly true elements that "For Us, the Living" was actually the first thing he wrote and he wasn't able to get it published - oh and that he did his level best to make sure it never came to light, even to the extent of burning his own copy of the manuscript.
Priceless stuff basically, inept, fascinating and a bit short on actual story... Don't miss out the introduction etc. with all the bits about how the book was finally published. Most importantly though it's stuffed full of the ideas a master novelist will return to over and over throughout his writing career. As you read it you'll be simultaneously smiling at the ideas and cringing at the mistakes, rolling roads is the idea and the two page footnote telling the backstory of a major character is the mistake that springs to mind. No, you didn't misread that, a two page footnote describing a character.
In-between the smiles and winces you will catch glimpes of why we've all read this author's work for so long.
You HAVE to read this book if you love Heinlein.