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The Notebooks of Lazarus Long (Future History) Paperback – August 3, 2004
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Save yourself a few bucks and buy the novel, instead. You get all of the quotes contained within "Notebooks", plus an entire story to go with 'em!
I gave this three stars. Heinlein, in general, gets a higher rating from me than that, but this isn't a complete book .
"Stranger In A Strange Land" and " Time Enough for Love" still rate as some of the finest works ever created.
The main character in "Time Enough for Love" is Lazarus Long, the oldest living human ever. The stories he spins about his life are so engaging that anyone attempting to desribe them will fail without insisting that you "read the book" in order to understand.
Following this is "The Notebooks of Lazuras Long" which is a collection of quotes from Lazuras Long.
No other collection of quotes from those living or dead, much less a fictional character, will have as profound an impact on the reader. I personally have purchased dozens of copies of this book to give as gifts to friends and family.
This book is truly a great piece of work and a must have for anyones personal library.
After you have read it, I can assure you that it will become one of the books you will want to pass along.
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!Read more ›
Fair warning: Very little of what you will read below happens to be "politically correct"
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If not the distillation of 1000+ years of living in a wide range of societies, the Notebooks are, at least, the result of five years in the Navy and many more years of Heinlein... Read morePublished 5 months ago by James S. Sobek
too short for price but I do enjoy the collection of sayings.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Robert Heinlein has some common sense and sage advice. I'm a big fan of Heinlein and his character Lazarus Long. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although these few pages are full of humorous good advice, you'd be far better off buying "Time Enough For Love", the book these 3 or 4 pages were cut from.Published 6 months ago by K. Westfall
Heinlein, what else needs be said. Wisdom to live by.Published 8 months ago by William H. Harrington
I'm a longtime fan of Heinlein, and I have to admit I had read this before in my youth. It was a great re-read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer