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Stranger in a Strange Land Library Binding – 9 Apr 2009

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  • Library Binding
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442005831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442005839
  • Package Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
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Stranger in a Strange Land, winner of the 1962 Hugo Award, is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, born during, and the only survivor of, the first manned mission to Mars. Michael is raised by Martians, and he arrives on Earth as a true innocent: he has never seen a woman and has no knowledge of Earth's cultures or religions. But he brings turmoil with him, as he is the legal heir to an enormous financial empire, not to mention de facto owner of the planet Mars. With the irascible popular author Jubal Harshaw to protect him, Michael explores human morality and the meanings of love. He founds his own church, preaching free love and disseminating the psychic talents taught him by the Martians. Ultimately, he confronts the fate reserved for all messiahs. The impact of Stranger in a Strange Land was considerable, leading many children of the sixties to set up households based on Michael's water-brother nests. Heinlein loved to pontificate through the mouths of his characters, so modern readers must be willing to overlook the occasional sour note ("Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, it's partly her fault."). That aside, Stranger in a Strange Land is one of the master's best entertainments, and provocative, as he always loved to be. Can you grok it? --Brooks Peck --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'The best of his many books and the best in the genre.' Washington Post on Stranger in a Strange Land --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I read this book and enjoyed it very much when i was 15. Reading this 30 odd years later ( and over 50 years after publication) I'm less enthusiastic. The book is preachy, what it preaches was perhaps progressive when written, but now reads as sexist, and misogynistic and reactionary.After reading from one of our hero's that women who are raped are basically asking for it, I decided finish there and consign the book to history.
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This is a truly great book. I read the abridged version over 30 years and it changed the way I thought. I read the unabridged version for the first time 20 years ago and still loved it. My book club read it recently at my suggestion and I still love this book, the other 5 members did not get past 150 pages. Sure some of the science fiction seems silly now, it is sexist and old fashioned but so are many classics. You have to read to the end and understand the character development and the unfolding philosophy of the book. It is a classic, if you give it a chance.
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Probably a bit too high-brow for me. The teleportation was too easy a contrivance. I didn't really connect with the characters. It ambled on a bit with deep discussions between Jubal and Mike that really bored me.
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I first found this book thirty years ago and rediscovered it is as brilliant and relevant as it was then, a masterclass of writing and touches on all those human questions that we ultimately all want answers for. Thou art God!
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Timeless story that questions society and human nature, undoubtedly shaping history. Well worth a read, as is all of Heinlein's work.
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points in the book are laboured and driven home over the course of 3-5 pages, where a couple of paragraphs would do. A number of unlikely events seem to occur and any logic that should apply is ignored. Eventually it was hard to read without becoming frustrated the the characters and the author.
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brilliant
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A wonderfully imaginative and philosophically deep book. Heinlein was a true master, and this is his best work I've read so far.
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