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The Notebooks of Lazarus Long Paperback – 1 Nov 1978

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group (1 Nov. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399122427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399122422
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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"Heinlein knows more about blending provocative scientific thinking with strong human stories than any dozen other contemporary science fiction writers." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
As the title says, this is a NOTEBOOK. It is a collection of quotes based on a fictional character that was first introduced in the book "Methuselahs Children" and almost all of the quotes can be found in the book "Time Enough For Love" as "intermissions" between chapters. I haven't done a quote by quote comparrison yet. The artwork is good but in most cases not needed. Some of the quotes are biased but thought provoking, others are just plain funny. All in all I would recomend that if you are interested in reading Heinlein material or in the character Lazarus Long, that you buy "Time Enough For Love" to get all these quotes as well as a story. If you just like collecting quotes that you can use in some strange conversations then by all means, this is the correct book.
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I can perhaps best recommend this book by several "fair use" quotations from its pages:

Fair warning: Very little of what you will read below happens to be "politically correct"

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Copulation is either spiritual in essence-or merely friendly exercise. On second thought, strike out "merely." Copulation is not "merely"-even when it is just a happy pastime for two strangers. But copulation at its spiritual best is so much more than physical coupling that it is different in kind as well as in degree.

The second most preposterous notion is that copulation is inherently sinful.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give
orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer,
cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly.

Specialization is for insects.

All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplusage, excrescence, adornment, luxury, or folly which can-and must-be dumped in emergency to preserve this prime function. As racial survival is the only universal morality, no other basis is possible. Attempts to formulate a "perfect society" on any foundation other than"Women and children first!" is not only witless, it is automatically genocidal. Nevertheless, starry-eyed idealists (all of them male) have tried endlessly-and no doubt will keep on trying.

Men are more sentimental than women, It blurs their thinking.
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If you like to think and impress your friends with intelligent sounding quotes, this book is great. I realize that one does not normally associate a book of philosophical quotations with a fictitious character, however __The Notebooks of Lazarus Long__ is such a book. Robert A. Heinlein's character, Lazarus Long, has appeared in many of his books. Though unsuccessfully, as some of the books are out of print, I have tried to follow the "life" if this most extraordinary man.

Bluntly put Lazarus is the product of genetic engineering. He is the fortunate owner of a special set of chromosomes which, with copious amounts of advanced medical help, enable him, at last count, to live to be over three-thousand years old. (Some have even speculated that he is immortal, though I do not hold that opinion. He could die if he so chose but has not done so yet.) With so many years of life experience Lazarus Long accumulated notebooks of observations on the human character and general life-"You live and learn. Or you don't live long."

All of the material of The Notebooks of Lazarus Long was first found in his collection of memoirs, __Time Enough for Love__. With the help of Justin Foote the 45th, Chief Archivist, Howard Foundation, and the sentient super-computer, Minerva, Lazarus documented many of his exploits from his birth in 1916 to the time of the book about 4272. By sharing his stories with the eager audience of his descendents and Minerva, a story emerges. As with any aged grandfather recalling his past, Long frequently remembers advice to the young and stored these maxims in a special section of Minerva's memory-his notebooks.

Graciously illuminated by D.F. Vassallo some years later (or is it earlier? Time travel does confuse me so!
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Although this is a good read with many words of wisdom don't bother to get it if you have read "time enough for love" as I could find nothing new in this. It looks like they just took the interludes from TEFL and sold it as a seperate item to make more money. If you haven't read and do not intend to read TEFL then it is quite good in its own right, but in no way compares with the depth of TEFL.
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The most long lived of the Howards has much to say, but here is a volume of some of his 'truisms' the best of which could easily be "Rub her feet." I don't think anyone who follows that advice will ever go wanting.
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Format: Paperback
Wisdom is distilled into a concise, visually beautiful collection of worldly observations by the venerable Lazarus Long. I have worn out two copies of this book already and my first copy looks like a well worn family bible. In fact, in our household this IS the bible. Sometimes funny, sometimes provocative, always right on point. This book should be required reading for everyone.
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