Mar 11, 07
Read in September, 2006
i read this book because my grandpa, a chemist who never reads fiction, read it, and my dad, who only ever does crosswords and other word games but doesn't read, read it willingly and lauded it as a great science fiction/spiritual work...i found it both dragged on and offended. Misogynist, mildly offensive (it's not subversive enough today to be offensive) supermarket fiction.
Also the writing was just a step above juvenile, and it was BORING. I didn't care about any of the characters, and Heinlein's vision of a possible future was dated. Some science fiction writers can write a vision of a future dystopia/utopia in such a way that you can't tell what decade the work was written in. Not so with this one. It is 1960s through and through, exploring ideas of Free Love and supposedly less rigid parameters of spirituality, but it reinforces conventionalities such as those of gender, relationships, justice, religion, etc.
As you can tell, I'm still a little pissed off I spent so much time reading this book.