Citizen of the Galaxy
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
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
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
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
It was okay. Mostly, it simply didn’t age well. Maybe it was that it had been...more
SciFi YA - In a distant galaxy, the atrocity of slavery was alive and well, and young Tho...more
Dans la Galaxie l’esclavage est pratique courante. Le
jeune Thorby, orphelin, se trouve vendu aux enchères sur le marché de
la planète capitale. Mais son nouveau propriétaire, Baslim, se révèle
différent de ce que son aspect de vagabond unijambiste laisse croire :
abolitionniste, il espionne pour le compte de la Ligue des Libres
Marchands. Quand les autorités impériales confondront Baslim, qui a
adopté Thorby, ce dernier devra fuir à travers les mondes innombrables
de cette Galaxie hostile. Lui
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 story opens at a...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
The story opens at a slave auction on the planet Jubbul, central to the Nine Worlds. Thorby is purchased by a beggar named Baslim, who raises the boy as his adopted son, frees him and turns out to be much more than a beggar.
Thorby's tale the...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
The strongest section of the book is the beginning, where we are thrown deeply into Thorby's situation. T...more
This one falls flat, truly. It's not bad, but I never cared too much about Thorby. There are no scenes that make you feel truly sorry for him, and his character development isn't exploited. This is a terrible thing, because for a story about a slave boy finding his way in the galaxy, you'd think you would feel some empathy for th...more
I don't know why - I just love them. Well most of them. There has been one so far I just couldn't stand (the name escapes me right now) - the only book I've ever thrown away.
Citizen of the Galaxy was great, following along one of the common themes of Heinlein's books. Young boy thrust into a situation outside of his control (in this case, he's a slave bought by a new master), develops new skills, starts on an incredible journey through space where his engineer...more
Growing up, I loved those of Heinlein's books which focused on freedom - what it means, the cost of attaining it, and what consequences and responsibilities it entails. In particular, Citizen of the Galaxy was one of those books with a lot of "cool stuff," and it allowed me to superimpose my own dreams of reaching the star...more
The main settings of the book take place on a planet c...more
Written in 1957, it reminds me of Star Wars and Gulliver's travel... set in a future of innumerable planets & galaxies, and slave trade...
the story begins when Thorby, maybe age 7ish, is being sold as a slave and purchased by a beggar, Baslim the Cripple for pittence because no one else wants him... and Baslim, obviously abhors slavery & treats Thorby with kindness and respect....more
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He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was the first SF writer to break into mainstre...more
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