- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (17 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416505520
- ISBN-13: 978-1416505525
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 963,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Citizen of the Galaxy Paperback – 17 May 2005
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About the Author
An outstanding science fiction writer, Robert A. Heinlein was a four-times Hugo award winner. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Later, Baslim calls in some favors and sends Thorby to live with the Free Traders, a group of space merchants that keep to themselves with their own unique culture. Here Thorby discovers another aspect of freedom: a person's ability to do as he wishes is severely constrained by the culture in which he lives.Read more ›
Still, I digress.
This is one of Heinlein's most accessible books. Read it as a child, come back to it as an adult. Unlike a lot of Heinlein's more famous works it isn't tacky, doesn't advocate the promiscuous, hippy lifestyle or glorify war and right-wing fantasies (Friday, Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers all spring to mind).
Instead it's a touching story about a young slave boy, Thorby. The book starts with an auction: Thorby is rescued from servitude at the heart of the Sargon's Empire by an old beggar, Pop Baslim. When Baslim is killed by the Sargon's security forces Thorby is forced to seek help from the Free Traders and escape offworld. Heinlein's attempt to describe the peculiarly restrictive lifestyle of the Free Traders is excellent, and you really find yourself drawn into it. But just when Thorby has found acceptance he is forced to choose between his new, adoptive family, or to go further in his quest to discover who he is, and who his parents were. The third phase of the book then begins with Thorby's induction into Earth's Hegemonic Guard, and it ends with Thorby wresting his father's business empire from the hands of his treacherous Uncle, and discovering the fate of his parents.
All three phases of the book are brilliantly realised, and I found life aboard the Free Trader Sisu to be particularly compelling. In addition, Heinlein manages to keep his latent misogyny under control throughout the book, which is a plus.
If you enjoy this, you'll also enjoy Heinlein's The Green Hills of Earth.
Heinlein gives us three strikingly different looks at family life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In his early career, Heinlein had an audacity of vision which continually astonishes me. This is a good story, and well told without the endless regurgitation of his depressing... Read morePublished 12 months ago by John R. Wade
I enjoyed this one mostly but having started with books like Stranger in a Strange Land and such this was quite slow by comparison.Published on 7 Jun. 2015 by MintyFresh
Everything written by Robert Heinlelin makes a great book and Citizrn of the Galaxy is one of my very favourates . . .Published on 10 Feb. 2015 by Mrs. Stella White
One of the best reads i have read in years! The way Laurene gives you the most emotional rollercoaster ride! WOW! Can not wait for the next book :-)Published on 20 Sept. 2014 by Crystal