Reviews of Glory Road (1963)
Review by Johnny_Fusion (2003-03-26)
Glory Road is as much a fantasy novel as it is science fiction. It centers on a heroic quest undertaken by a disenchanted American veteran.
This novel is very typical of Heinlein. Some of the "Heinleinisms" that appear in this book include :
A strong woman character who becomes the very picture of submission once she gets married.
A depiction of a Heinleinic Ideal Community, that is driven by common sense, is clothing optional, and practices free love.
My main criticism of the book is that it is anti-climatic. The quest is finished about eighty percent into the novel. The remaining twenty percent is divided by the typical Heinlein "look how great things would be if only people realized..." and the hero's introspection.