I have been a slack , slack man doing this blog. I actually finished this book in November 2016 but it did take quite a while. The last 2 months of the year were quite busy.
A science fiction Novel by Robert Heinlein. 1st published in 1973 and nominated for a Nebula Award in 1974.
This book expands on the story of Lazarus Long ( introduced in “Methuselah’s Children” ). It starts with the Administrator for the Howard Families trying to find a Lazarus a reason to live ( Lazarus is now over 2000 years old and is wanting to die as he has been and done nearly everything possible) . The administrator convinces Lazarus to tell his life story while he tries to find something new for Lazarus to do. Most of the rest of the book is composed of stories from Lazarus’s life including the something new that Justin ( the administrator) finds for Lazarus to do.
This has to be my favorite Heinlein book.
My favorite quote from the book is
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.