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The Lovers Mass Market Paperback – February 12, 1980

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Escaping the religious tyranny of a 31st-century Earth by a fluke assignment to the planet Ozagen, linguist Hal Yarrow found that the worst of Earth had followed him - Pornsen, his personal Guardian Angel, vigilant for any evidence of sin or wrong thinking. Conditioned by a lifetime of submission, Yarrow would have accepted Pornsen's constant spying as an unpleasant necessity and lost himself in the study of the language of Ozagen's intelligent dominant race, the Wogglebugs... but then, hidden in ancient ruins built by humanoids long vanished from the planet, he found Jeanette, a not-quite-human fugitive. For a Believer like Yarrow, unconsecrated contact with any female was forbidden - and love for an alien was unthinkable. But to Yarrow, in every way that counted, Jeanette was warmly and bountifully human. So Yarrow sought the aid of the amiably tolerant Wogglebugs to keep his harboring of Jeanette a secret - and at the same time concealed from his alien allies Earth's farreaching plans for them and their unexploited planet. Yet there was one secret Yarrow did not know and could not imagine... the very special nature and needs of the woman he loved!

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey (February 12, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034528691X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345286918
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,580,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a novel based on a short story from 1952. Unlike many such extended stories, Farmer succeds to create a coherent whole novel without boring material just intended to stretch a story to novel lenght.
The protagonist of "The Lovers" is Hal Yarrow, citizen of the Haijac Union, a totalitarian teocracy that has replaced the USA after a world war decimated most of the human race. Stifled by the unrelenting control by the state-church and its police over every aspect of his life, he is offered a way out of his bleak existence when he is drafted as a linguist for an interstellar expedition to the planet Ozagen, a world inhabited by a native species with a very complex language.
Things are not quite what they seem; the ostensibly peaceful scientific expedition is actually intended to pave the way for human colonization, starting with genocide by germ warfare on the native species. While Yarrow is working together with the local inhabitants to learn more of the world, the spaceship crew is working on producing bioweapons lethal to the natives. During a trip trough the wilderness, Yarrow meets Jeanette, a human survivor of an earlier, failed colony, founded by people who fled the Earth before the Haijac Union established hegemony over the western world.
Yarrow falls in love with Jeanette, and he realizes he would not be allowed to meet her, or any human not approved of by the state-church hierarchy and its local commissar, Pornsen. The existence of other humans on the planet is not known by Yarrow's superiors, and he decides to keep it a secret. As his secret love affair with Jeanette continues, he begins to change from a loyal subject of the state-church to a rebel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Lloyd A. Jones on December 22, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is one of Farmer's best. The story and the concepts are familiar - but the way the plot unfolds does so with a wit that never fails to amuse me. Pornsen the Gapt, the small, perverse policeman/religious overseer/moral guardian -who harrases poor Hal Yarrow throughout the book.

I throughly reccomned this book to those fans of Farmer who haven't experienced the other side of his creativeness.

5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Harper on December 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you like odd quirky science fiction, you'll like this. I like Farmer's "River World" books better, but this is a refreshing break from that series.
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