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The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
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The Notebooks of Lazarus Long (original 1978; edition 1978)

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Lazarus Long, the protagonist of Robert A. Heinlein's masterful science fiction series of "future history" novels, is the oldest living member of the human race. His observations and comments, collected here -- from the smallest details of everyday life to overarching abstractions on the nature of the human condition -- are acute, lively, and intelligent. Long's adventures and experiences, his inexhaustible zest for life, and his ironic appreciation of the successes and failures of civilization make the observations contained in the Notebooks highly entertaining reading. In this book, Long's witty words of wisdom are beautifully illustrated by noted calligrapher Donald F. Vassallo.… (more)
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Info:New York, NY, U.S.A.: Putnam Publishing Group, The, 1978 (1978), Edition: F, Unknown Binding
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The Notebooks of Lazarus Long by Robert A. Heinlein (1978)

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A short book filled with uncommon wisdom and common sense. ( )
  cwousn | Oct 23, 2021 |
Wow. I know it's a classic, and required reading for several of Heinlein's other character arcs, but the middle of this was a slog. ( )
  cjrecordvt | Aug 13, 2016 |
The compiler, David G. Hartwell, introduces the Notebooks and Lazarus Long. Lazarus first appeared in 1941, the Golden Age of Science Fiction, as a central character in "Methuselah's Children", by Robert Heinlein. Lazarus did not appear again, as the oldest living member of the human race, until "Time Enough for Love", the longest and most unifying of Heinlein's novels.

Lazarus is lovable and wily, with a finely-tuned sense of self-interest and a zest for life. He appreciates irony. The notebooks are entertaining and intelligent, if not always "deep" or sometimes too deep. The Notebooks were written in the course of a well-traveled life of a thousand years, by a veteran of fifteen interstellar wars who survived lynch mobs and many wives, to father a progeny which numbers in the billions. ( )
  keylawk | Oct 2, 2013 |
You'll find most of this in "Time Enough for Love" & other books. Having all that preaching together in one place is just too much. Lazarus is the oldest man alive & while he's entertaining, he's overbearing & full of himself. After "Time Enough for Love" he was a major figure in other books & it all got to be too much for me. Too little story, too much 'father figure' preaching.I absolutely love a lot of the sayings attributed to Lazarus Long, though. They're witty & very often true. Stuff like (paraphrase) 'An elephant is a mouse built to government specs.' or 'A committee is the only animal that has 6 or more bellies & no brain.' ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Sep 25, 2009 |
I consider this the single greatest work of Heinlein. Take that as you will. ( )
  Daedalus | Feb 21, 2006 |
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Hartwell, David G.Introductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Always store beer in a dark place.
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Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think,
the small fraction who do think mostly can't do it very well.
The extremely tiny fraction who think regularly, accurately,
creatively, and without self-delusion- in the long run
these are the only people who count...

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Lazarus Long, the protagonist of Robert A. Heinlein's masterful science fiction series of "future history" novels, is the oldest living member of the human race. His observations and comments, collected here -- from the smallest details of everyday life to overarching abstractions on the nature of the human condition -- are acute, lively, and intelligent. Long's adventures and experiences, his inexhaustible zest for life, and his ironic appreciation of the successes and failures of civilization make the observations contained in the Notebooks highly entertaining reading. In this book, Long's witty words of wisdom are beautifully illustrated by noted calligrapher Donald F. Vassallo.

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The wit and wisdom of Lazarus Long, whose life stories are told in several books. Lazarus is one of Robert Heinlein's most beloved characters of all-time. These bits and pieces of Lazarus's notebooks are brought together here for the enjoyment of fans of all ages.
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