Zwerftocht tussen de sterren (Heinlein Juveniles #11)
I am happy to say that Citizen of the Galaxy is one of the first category – a good Heinlein. It is creative, likeable, possibly even inspiring. The hero, Thorby, is one of his better characters. A lot of things happen to hi...more
That said, it was still an amazing book. We meet Thorby as he's being unloaded from a slave ship, and follow him through his life from there on. He's adopted by a begger/slave trade fighter in disguise, Baslim, who he calls Pop. From there...more
Yes, it's true, I started this when I was about nine or ten. I had checked it out from the library and I was immediately immersed in the story of the young slave bought by a crippled beggar. But, the life of a ten year old got in the way. And, I had to play baseball, and I had to learn commerce, which I did by trading, marbles, baseball cards, stamps and comics and learned the painful but necessary lessons of childhood like never trade a puree for...more
At one stage of his career, Heinlein wrote a series of novels aimed at what is now termed the "young adult" market; Citizen of the Galaxy is one of the best of these. This is partly because it has something of a message yet is still entertaining escapism.
The moral is hardly a revolutionary one; it has been pretty generally accepted throughout the twentieth century. It can be summed up as "slavery is evil", and though mainly concerned with slave...more
This is a thoroughly enjoyable science fiction book.
There isn't much character development, which is a little lame, because it is a story of a young man growing up.
However, the Heinlein's galaxy provides an interesting allegory for many human institutions such as government, free trade, education, and slavery.
The anti-slavery argument presented in this novel is more than just a condemnation of slavery as "r...more
Lo que nos cuenta. Thorby es un muchacho vendido como esclavo en el mercado de la Plaza de la Libertad frente al Capitolio de los Nueve Mundos. Su comprador, el mendigo lisiado Baslim que en realidad es un espía, decide cuidar y formar a Thorby para que crezca camino de ser algo más que un esclavo, lo que le llevará a vivir toda una epopeya.
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This is one of Heinlein's better juvenile novels. It really breaks down into three distinct parts. The first two are excellent, but the third (and final) part comes across as rushed and kind of thrown together. It's a problem with many of his novels, but most (includ...more
So, the book itself. I liked it. The story takes place over three distinct settings in three distinct--and yet entirely human and believable--cultures. The main character, Thorby,...more
The strongest section of the book is the beginning, where we are thrown deeply into Thorby's situation. T...more
The characters are well thought out and the plot is solid. I think there could be more galaxy gallivanting, maybe a few more episodes for young Thorby, but at the same time the...more
Robert A. Heinlein’s best books are those he wrote for kids, and Citizen of the Galaxy is one of the best of those. Originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction in 1957, this is an anthropological adventure story with strong libertarian and anti-slavery themes.
We first meet Thorby, a young belligerent orphaned slave boy, as he has just landed on an unfamiliar planet and is on the auction block. Nobody wants him — he’s too feisty — but he is eventually sold for a pittance to Basli...more
We first meet Thorby, a young belligerent orphaned slave boy, as he has just landed on an unfamiliar planet and is on the auction block. Nobody wants him — he’s too feisty — but he is eventually sold for a pittance to Baslim, a man...more
Note: At the time of writing, most people did not feel that slavery was an issue in their world; but it was. Just as it was in the book's world. Just as it is in ours.
I read this as I read several great science fiction books: because our math class in 7th grade met in the room that was also the Jr...more
On sent ici que plusieurs films, jeux de rôles et séries télévisées lui doivent beaucoup, ce récit aya...more
Some positives: the different cultures are interesti...more
Yeah, I judge books by their covers. What of it? Wanna fight about it?
Unfortunately for me, the cover art is better than the book itself in this case. Heinlein originally wrote this in '57, and boy is it...more
La capitale dei Nove Mondi è il centro dell'universo abitato e soprattutto la sede del principale mercato di schiavi. Qui Thorby, poco più che un ragazzo, segue la sorte degli altri uomini in vendita e viene comprato dal mendicante Baslim. Comincia così la sua formidabile avventura attraverso i mondi della galassia e, parallelamente, attraverso successivi stadi di liberazione. Perchè, al centro dell'Egemonia, lo attende la più sorprendente delle rivelazioni. E proprio a lui viene affidato un m
Seriously, there is only one question you need to ask before you pick up Citizen of the Galaxy. Do you like Setting? While certainly there's a plot and there's definitely characters, they serve to guide you through the settings that Heinlein lays out, and Heinlein starts out with such lush descriptions that you never get the impression that he is trying to hide it. That being said, these are good, solid worlds, as seen from the ground-up by people working and making a living...more
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