“Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
I didn’t enjoy this book, but I still finished it. It was interesting, though made me cringe at times. This book has not stood up well to the passage of time. It’s very sexist. I suppose the author being born in 1907 would have a lot to do with that.
The basic plot of the book is there is a genetic super-man called Lazarus Long (the Senior). He tries to kill himself, but the long-life organization he is part of, the Howards, stop him. They want him to write his memoirs of what he did for the past 500? 1000 years? The book is about him dictating stories to a computer and his friends about all the different lives he’s lived.
In most of these lives Lazarus is the man who saves the pretty girl, or impregnates her with his superior seed. In the last part of the book he actually breaks away from telling his stories to having a new adventure. The new adventure is going back in time to see his own family. It was interesting, until it got weird and he had sex with his great-great-grandma.
Heinlein is very detailed in writing about the pretty women in his book; their beautiful breasts, smiles, and legs. The whole book seems to be about how our society’s notions of sexuality regarding incest, and the bonds of marriage are silly (he calls marriages ‘contracts’ in the book).
As I said in the beginning, I didn’t really like this book, but it was interesting enough to complete it. It is a very long book though, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. That being said, I rather enjoyed Heinlein’s ““The Moon is a Harsh Mistress””. So don’t take my distaste for this book to mean I don’t like this author, I just don’t like this particular book and the themes he attacks.
Rating: ★★ Book #86 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge
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