Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

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Valentine Michael Smith is a human being raised on Mars, newly returned to Earth. Among his people for the first time, he struggles to understand the social mores and prejudices of human nature that are so alien to him, while teaching them his own fundamental beliefs in grokking, watersharing, and love.

Title : Stranger in a Strange Land
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ISBN : 0441788386
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 528 pages


Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it ★★★☆☆

March 02, 2010

Apparently a classic of the sci-fi cannon, I'd never heard of this book until it came up on a book club here. It took me a long time to read only because of lack of time, and a rather annoying trait the author has that I'll go into later. This is one of those books that tells us more about the per...

Christy rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 04, 2008

This is a book that it seems like I should like. It deals with issues of religion, including a strong critique of religion as we know it, presents socially progressive ideas about sex and relationships, and relies upon a fundamentally humanist, individualist philosophy. In the end, however, I can...

Lyn rated it ★★★★★

January 26, 2018

One must read Heinlein's signature work to understand what all the fuss is about, from both sides. For the RAH fans and Sci-Fi crowd, this is an excellent book, a masterpiece of the genre. For the opponents, and I understand there are many, he systematically makes a lot of folks mad, from conserv...

Keith rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 04, 2013

Well, I don't quite know what the hell that was. I'd gotten it into my head at some point that you weren't anything until you got reading this out of the way, but it was probably one of the most odious reading experiences I've had in my adult life -- especially for a book I volunteered to read. O...

Petra X rated it ★★★☆☆

June 01, 2015

"Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, it’s at least partly her own fault." The most quoted sentence from this book. He's right it is. A woman should shroud herself in black, even wear a veil over her eyes and for extra protection she should wear a big size of Doc Martin boots so it could b...

Kelly H. (Maybedog) rated it ★★★★★

April 03, 2010

Nowadays, most people seem to either love or hate Heinlein. Many read his children's books like Podkayne from Mars, Red Planet and The Rolling Stones, enjoyed the adventure and moved on to his adult stuff just to get more. The politics, sexism and lack of depth went over their young heads. To the...

Apatt rated it ★★★★★

June 11, 2017

“Democracy’s worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents—a depressingly low level.” Now, why does that resonate so hard? Great line even though it is not representative of Stranger in a Strange Land’s major theme. Stranger in a Strange Land is...

Robin rated it ★★★★☆

March 13, 2014

I will state, without apology, that I have enjoyed every Robert Heinlein book I have ever read. Do I always agree with his philosophy or his observations on life. No. But he tells me a story, and while he is telling it, I don't put that book down. I don't read books to find authors who agree with me...

Jareed rated it ★★★★☆

June 07, 2014

“Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, it’s at least partly her own fault.” (511) Perhaps this is the single most quoted statement from this work, and also the statement by which Heinlein is critiqued and berated, the same statement by which this philosophically charged work is sullied by...

Markus rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 07, 2017

I don't even... I might try one of these books again in the distant future, and I might try the last of this guy's classics, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress at some point. But for now I can only say that Robert A. Heinlein is one of my least favourite writers of all time. I might write a real review,...

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