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The capstone and crowning achievement of Heinlein s famous Future History, Time Enough for Love follows Lazarus Long through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds Heinlein s longest and most ambitious work, it is the story of a man so in love with Life that he refused to stop living it What would you do if you could live 4,000 years Try out every profession at least once Make enough babies to populate a planet Travel as far as the galaxy goes Lazarus Long has done all that andHe s about to die peacefully when he s kidnapped and rejuvenated and coerced to tell his memoirs I could read stories about Lazarus life for months, but unfortunately this book only contains two The rest is action in the present 4272 Gregorian , and at the end, an account of Lazarus trip What would you do if you could live 4,000 years Try out every profession at least once Make enough babies to populate a planet Travel as far as the galaxy goes Lazarus Long has done all that andHe s about to die peacefully when he s kidnapped and rejuvenated and coerced to tell his memoirs I could read stories about Lazarus life for months, but unfortunately this book only contains two The rest is action in the present 4272 Gregorian , and at the end, an account of Lazarus trip back in time to visit his first family parents, brothers and sisters, grandfather This is the first of the last four books Heinlein wrote, and it was clear he was nearing the end of his life, looking mortality straight in the face and writing his fantasy of living forever Lazarus shares his collected wealth of knowledge and wisdom, although he d insist he s got nothing to say of any worth, and much of it is the best advice I ve ever heard.Those not familiar with Heinlein might find his morals a little depraved, especially thesexually straight laced, although science fiction often contains stories of societies whose taboos are not our own, and would be scandalized by ours The only complaint I have about the book is how annoying that is that certain parts are omitted , then return to the story in the middle of the sentence It s not smooth, and although the omissions are mostly for brevity s sake, I felt like I missed something important I wish I had access to the complete memoirs of Lazarus Long, but unfortunately they won t be available for a couple thousand years, and I m pretty sure I m not going to live that long Was Robert A Heinlein a dirty old man Yes But he was also a visionary who saw the trends of Western Civilization and expounded out into a foreseeable future, not just in terms of science fiction but also in regard to cultures, morals, sociology and ideology Time Enough for Love demonstrates the fundamental attractiveness of science fiction, the eternal hope that things will get better Dystopian fantasies aside, science fiction deals with the future, and that there are people in the future s Was Robert A Heinlein a dirty old man Yes But he was also a visionary who saw the trends of Western Civilization and expounded out into a foreseeable future, not just in terms of science fiction but also in regard to cultures, morals, sociology and ideology Time Enough for Love demonstrates the fundamental attractiveness of science fiction, the eternal hope that things will get better Dystopian fantasies aside, science fiction deals with the future, and that there are people in the future still carrying on everyday lives At its heart, science fiction is about hope, hope that we ll see a fewyears ahead Time Enough for Love goes one step further and introduces us to Lazarus Long though he was in prior Heinlein novels as the oldest living human, over 2,000 years old Thus, Heinlein allows us to imagine an almost eternal existence, and without the need to live at night and drink blood I like reading Heinlein because I like Heinlein, chauvinistic and militaristic as he may be he is also a libertarian humanist who loves life and tells a good story He s not misogynistic, he clearly loves women and sees them as capable and wonderful people Heinlein s voice, whether Lazarus Long, or Jubal Hershaw, is that of Heinlein himself, his experience is cast upon science fiction of the future The best thing about Heinlein is that he is a good writer, a great writer of science fiction And that is demonstrated both in the positive and negative in TEFL When he is telling a story, it is very good, but in the in between sections it drags poorly The best section is the story about Lazarus and his marriage to short lived Dora and their pioneer life If RAH made the Tale of the Adopted Daughter a full length novel, cutting out about 300 pages, this would have been a very good story Ultimately, it s just too long, Heinlein is too ambitious and throws too much in and it collapses under it s own weight Mr Lazarus Long, since you happen to be passing through the early twenty first century, could you give us a few priceless gems of homespun wisdom for the Goodreads membership to marvel at Gosh darn it, when I see all the cute females on this site, how can I say no Could you just pass me the cuneiform tablets Papyrus rolls Parchment Oh yes, laptop Sorry, hard to keep things straight So1 If you re a tired SF hack who s completely run out of ideas, don t worry Just recycle the ol Mr Lazarus Long, since you happen to be passing through the early twenty first century, could you give us a few priceless gems of homespun wisdom for the Goodreads membership to marvel at Gosh darn it, when I see all the cute females on this site, how can I say no Could you just pass me the cuneiform tablets Papyrus rolls Parchment Oh yes, laptop Sorry, hard to keep things straight So1 If you re a tired SF hack who s completely run out of ideas, don t worry Just recycle the old ones, and pretend nothing s wrong.2 You may imagine that the books will come out painfully thin Far from it They ll be thicker than ever.3 Next time someone calls you a motherfucker, simply take them at their word Of course, a time machine is useful here.4 Don t make these lists too long By the time you ve got half a dozen items, everyone will already be yawning.5 Er6 That s it Done Now, surely there s some gorgeous woman here who s dying to have sex with me People seem to have a love it or hate it kind of relationship with Heinlein s Time Enough for Love And I ve gotta say I m strapped firmly to the former bandwagon Granted, I can see why some of the negative Nancy s are getting their panties in a knot okay, maybe the incest theme goes a little far , but Heinlein s weirdness just doesn t bug me And I think some critics have missed the mark entirely, by focusing on the wrong stuff Which is fully within their rights, of course, and an opinion is People seem to have a love it or hate it kind of relationship with Heinlein s Time Enough for Love And I ve gotta say I m strapped firmly to the former bandwagon Granted, I can see why some of the negative Nancy s are getting their panties in a knot okay, maybe the incest theme goes a little far , but Heinlein s weirdness just doesn t bug me And I think some critics have missed the mark entirely, by focusing on the wrong stuff Which is fully within their rights, of course, and an opinion is only an opinion Blah blah blah Here s my two cents on why they re wrong Time Enough for Love is set up as a series of tales told by the oldest living man in the universe, Lazarus Long Lazarus is confined to a rejuvenation clinic, where he is being held against his will by a team of people dedicated to preserving his knowledge You see, they ve rescued Laz from attempted suicide, in order to record his life s story and hopefully glean some of the wisdom he s accumulated in over two thousand years of life And Lazarus has agreed not to try to take his own life again, until he s told them about the most important lessons learned in his long life Time Enough for Love is like Arabian Nights, but in reverse Laz is telling his stories for his right to die.So the structure necessitates a kind of bracketing set up, wherein Lazarus tales are divided by his present experiences in the rejuvenation clinic And I ve got to admit, Lazarus voice is where Heinlein s storytelling excels I sometimes had to restrain myself from skipping forward until the next story, although, in the end I m glad that I did restrain myself, that is Heinlein brings everything together nicely once Lazarus regains an interest in life and goes on to set up his free lovin hippie commune on the planet Boondock, and all of a sudden his present becomes the next tale.The number one complaint that I ve noticed in other reviews is with Heinlein s apparent preoccupation with incest But I think that, unusual as the theme is in modern writing, it has a place in the story and is essential to Lazarus character First and foremost is the fact that Lazarus Long is completely obsessed with genetic purity As one of the first long lifers on Earth, he was contractually obligated to reproduce only with other long lifers in order to preserve the longevity they had acquired Then, there is the fact that old Laz, being nearly three thousand years old, is the great to the nth degree grandfather of nearly everyone in the universe, so the older he gets the harder it is for him to find partners with whom he is genetically compatible not being related to them is virtually impossible.Lazarus comes to view the appropriateness of sexual pairings solely through the lens of healthy reproduction and then, only if reproduction is the goal in the most extreme example view spoiler Lazarus travels back in time and accidentally falls in love with his mother, an affair that is able to be consummated only because his mother is already pregnant and therefore won t become pregnant by Laz hide spoiler And although the taboo of incest, in the traditional sense, once served a primitive purpose to people who didn t really understand genetics the over simplified concept is not applicable in Lazarus world In any case, I really didn t find any of the questionable relationship in this novel to be creepy, even if I did raise an eyebrow at them initially.Creepy incestuous relationships aside, the next biggest complaint of this novel that I ve encountered has to do with Heinlein s characterization Really, everyone in the novel except for Lazarus himself, seems to fall into a stereotypical kind of mould Every male character is interchangeable with every other male character, and the same goes for the female characters, even if they have slightly different physical characteristics However, I would argue that, perhaps this sameness hasto do with Lazarus memory than Heinlein s skill as a writer It seemed to me, that people kind of blend together for Lazarus every character is a mixture of all of the people he has ever known, their personalities and their deeds are not necessarily attributed accurately Lazarus is a textbook unreliable narrator, and is frequently caught in contradictions and fallacies throughout the book The secondary characters in Lazarus tales are place holders, used by Lazarus to get his point across to his audience, but not important in their individuality They are anecdotal This sameness, I would also argue, serves to illustrate Heinlein s vision of human kind Ultimately, even thousands of years in the future, human beings can be reduced to their basic needs the same needs that we have had since the beginning of time First and foremost, is our need for love Lazarus overarching lesson for humanity is that a person s worth is measured not by the property and wealth that they accumulate, or by the fantastic deeds that they accomplish, but by the quantity and quality of the time that they spend with those they love family, friends, and lovers.And that s a position that I can stand by