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The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
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May 13, 2012

really liked it
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Read from May 13 to June 26, 2012

There are not a lot of science fiction "classics" that I haven't read. I'm quite happy that I took the opportunity to do something about one of the books that had eluded me over the years. Honestly, I don't know if my response to The Forever War would have been different thirty years ago.

The Forever War is acknowledged as an anti-war novel. I'm not sure if it really is ... I mean it does drive home that war is hell idea, but the story is less about war than it is about relationships, and how the social contract changes over a span of centuries. The title does say "forever," after all.

I was more impacted by the vignettes of Earth and what happened there while Mandella was off fighting to preserve truth, justice, and the Human Way than I was about the descriptions of the privation of warfare.


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