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The impact of Stranger in a Strange Land was considerable, leading many children of the 60's 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, provocative as he always loved to be. Can you grok it? --Brooks Peck --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Like many great novels, the books makes you think while reading the novel and after reading it.
It is easy to see why they had wanted to ban this book with its themes of sexuality, religion, society and morals.
There were too many dull periods when one of the characters would sermonize on philosophical points.
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The only real reason I read this book is because it is reported to have been in a backpack of Charlie Manson's, and recovered during the arrest of some of his associates in the... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Steven A. Malinowski
You learn about yourself as you read a book like this. Our own prejudices and fears.
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Is Robert Heinlein the sci-fi Hugh Hefner? If so, Stranger in a Strange Land is Exhibit A with the Playboy Mansion level harem fantasy that is Jubal Harshaw's household and... Read morePublished 9 days ago by M. Buzalka
I got this book as a gift for a friend becasue I enjoyed it so much when I read it years ago.Published 11 days ago by Lucinda Erdman
This is a beautifully written story and a wonderful teaching that love is timeless. I recommend it to all who enjoy a blend of drama and philosophy.Published 12 days ago by Floyd