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Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
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Sep 03, 2012

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This book was a bit of a ramble. A loose story line coupled with a childlike perspective of what a 'strong' female main character should be like makes for an underwhelming experience -- especially for someone who actually catches the subtle intelligence buried in Heinlein's stories. Most readers will likely react from surface impressions and come away from this one either bewildered or most likely disgusted. Friday, the protagonist, certainly has a strong presence but because of her early indoctrination (born an artificial person) she feels less than human. As a result of this she has a self awareness that you would expect a teenage boy to have of what it is to be a woman: sex. Sex to tease, to lead you on, to distract you with, or even to reward. She sees sex often as a tool and suffers few hangups from it. In fact, in the early pages when being gang raped her only complaint is that it was amateurish of her captors to use that in order to soften her up for interrogation and torture.

We spend most of the story wandering here and there with very little purpose which does detract from the overall meaning and plot. In the end we gain a perspective on things and can look back and see the story as a coming of age tale in which Friday gains a family and finally a sense of identity as a real human person despite her laboratory conception and birth. If only there had been more substance in between...

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