Reviews of Time Enough for Love (1973)
Review by johnafair (2006-07-01)
This is told in flash back with a dispirited Lazarus taking a look at his long life, having finally decided to end it all. After all, he's done it all, seen it all, and quite likely had sex with it all. Or so it seems.
As a teenager, all that interested me was the sex (not entirely, but mostly...). As a twentysomthing the sex got a little outre and I didn't think the story that good. Last time I read it, in my thirties, I could forgive him for the sex (almost - and it isn't as, um, bad, as some of his other books), and the story isn't that bad if we skip the sex.
Review by fastfinge (2005-10-26)
This is almost universally accepted as Heinlein's best book. A framed story similar to the style of Arabian nights, it manages to keep the overarching plot moving along while including many other interesting stories. _the tale of the adopted daughter_, one of the tales told, is in my opinion the most touching thing ever to be written in a science fiction novel and the best part of the book. Either this means that I secretly want to read westerns, or I'm extremely sappy. Honestly, I'd rather not analyse it, thanks.
Review by cray4348 (2004-06-15)
"Time Enough For Love" was my first introduction to Science Fiction. Wow, what a way to start!
This book, like so many others Heinlein wrote, has a subcontext of his own views of the world he lived in. Robert Heinlein was not overly impressed by commonly accepted social values and mores of his day. He continually pokes at pomposity until it bleeds. I've found his philosophy fresh and unfettered. He boils things down to their fundamentals and decides for himself what is important and what is merely noise to be ignored.
A highly recommended book by a highly recommended author!
Review by rootbeer (2003-03-10)
Time Enough for Love spans an enourmous amont of time as it follows the continuing story of the all-but-immortal Lazarus Long, which began with Methuselah's Children. Heinlein succedes at exploring human society as it changes over the course of the centuries-spanning lifetime of Lazarus Long, but the book is possibly most famous for its interludes of witty snippets of knowledge in the form of lists of his quotes about the world as he sees it. These quote lists can be found all over the internet today, and were memorable enough to warrent publishing "The Notebooks of Lazarus Long", which is simply a reprinting of these quotes in a separate book. Some of Heinlein's best work, Lazarus Long's unbelievably long life and vast experiences are excelent fodder for an adventure series that never gets dull.