Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. On his new planet, Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, a sexual pioneer, a neon evangelist, a martyr, and, finally, a messiah. Stranger in a Strange Land is the most famous science fiction novel ever written. It became the bible of the "love generation" and transcended the genre to achieve the status of a modern classic.
©1961 by Robert A. Heinlein; (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks
Despite the quaint, 1950s-era innocent misogyny, the story holds up pretty well some 60 years later. It's refreshing in that it's not written in the typical pattern of something begging to be purchased for movie rights, but frequently leaves you wondering where things are headed. That said, I would love to see a great movie production of this, but as written, the content is nearly unfilmable.
It's pretty clear that the protagonist is offering up Heinlein's own views on love and sexuality. Kudos to the man for realizing the truth about sex and monogamy a lot sooner than many of us have.
Extremely well performed by an excellent narrator who I was previously unfamiliar with.
I can see why this is a classic. There are somethings that definitely resonate with me. And then there are others, I just don't agree with and that seem counterproductive. Overall, I didn't really enjoy it. Simply, because it wasn't entertaining. The story was rather predictable. At times, boring and long winded. I never really had any sense of curiosity.
No, to both. The original and the Revised/extended version.
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The moment that it connected to "The number of the beast" or "The cat who walked through walls" or "Friday".
Anyone who has read RH will understand,. Anyone who has not read all of RH's books should.
This author is the one that started me reading in earnest. I read all of his stuff with Edger Rice Burroughs mixed in. Audible has let me expand my "reading"
now I cook,clean,research,mow--You get my drift? .
I live in Columbia Maryland not Columbia Moldova! I haven't turned into a Groucho Marx character yet.
Profound insights garbed in an entertaining, interesting story. No need to deconstruct. A bit patriarchal but reflects time period.
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