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Farnham's Freehold Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1994
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Farnham is a self-made man who sees nuclear war coming and who builds a shelter under his house; only to find it thrust into a strange universe when the bomb explodes. In this future world all civilization in the northern hemisphere has long been destroyed, and Farnham and his family are fit to be slaves under the new regime. Heinlein's story is as engrossing now as it was in its original form decades ago. -- Midwest Book Review
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Hugh Farnham was a practical, self-made man, and when he saw the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he built a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. What he hadn't expected was that when the apocalypse came, a thermonuclear blast would tear apart the fabric of time and hurl his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.
But Farnham's small group had barely settled down to the back-breaking business of low-tech survival when they found that they were not alone after all. The same nuclear war that had catapulted Farnham two thousand years into the future had destroyed all civilization in the northern hemisphere. And the world had changed in more ways than one.
In the new world order, Farnham and his family, being members of the race that had nearly destroyed the world, were fit only to be slaves. After surviving a nuclear war, Farnham had no intention of being anybody's slave, but the tyrannical power of the Chosen Race reached throughout the world. Even if he managed to escape, where could he run to...?
Top Customer Reviews
There are two MINOR complaints I have about this book, one that the son's acceptance of his castration is a little too easy, could have had 2 or 3 sentences that would have made this more believable, either to set him up as a yes man (where he would do anything to get ahead) wich he did not seem to be; or to have him willing to do anything to be with mommy and make her happy (wich he was not when it came to talking about her drug problem etc).
The second minor complaint that I have is that I think the sign at the end of the book could have had more impact and shown the moral of the story or what the characters learned through their experiences more. Such as: books for barter was good but it should have listed other things wich would have underlined the story such as labor/work (underlying theme is that labor is virtue and sloth is evil), Training (self improvement is stressed, the value of knowledge), Durable goods (items saved from pre apocolipse = forthought and planning, Items manufactured post apocolipse = labor and skills) etc. Keep the bridge lessons as a insider joke but they could have had something about Be nice or leave- no intolorance will be tolorated etc to underline the anti racism message. I just feel like he diddnt wrap it all up in a nice polished way and that it was a missed oppertunity.
Ok now onto the positives.
This book is not racist. If you think it is you are completely missing the whole point and I kind of wonder if you really read the whole book. Im going to refute things in list form since there are so many points and they overlap.
people have claimed Racism because-
1. The Dark skinned overlords are Cannibals.Read more ›
This is one that's hard. The entire book is dated by it's racial aspects that is at the heart of the story. It's gotten a lot of flak for being "racist", but I don't think it is really. For the record, I am white. The book takes an (anything but stereotypical) family of the 1950's, with a black "houseboy", on an adventure through time to a future where the roles are reversed and whites are slaves to blacks. The one thing that stands out and may be the reason it's gotten so much flak is that the blacks actually eat their white slaves, and some are bred for that very purpose. I understand that this sort of thing has happened many times in history, so is not unprecedented. It is questionable, perhaps, that Heinlein actually "needed" to use this device to make his point, which is slavery is (very simply, arguably too simply) bad no matter what. It drove the point home, but also made the black slave-masters in the story far worse, in a very primal way, than the white slave-masters of more modern times. So while the book is an adventure story with the context of slavery, and ostensibly was written as and intended as a denouncement of slavery, it comes across as yet another denouncement of blacks, that they would be this horrific. Heinlein was a champion of racial and sexual equality, but he was also a product of his time. And frankly -- and as far as I know, I have read every published word of Mr. Heinlein -- his take on sexual "equality" was to put the female in charge... and his arguments for that are actually fairly compelling and rational. But to do that, he also goes to extremes in several ways. Perhaps, and we will never know at this point, at the time he felt he must be extreme to make his points.Read more ›
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