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Old 29-Jul-2009, 01:21 PM (13:21)     1        28652
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Retelling the Book Of Job. It leaves out a lot that I find important to discuss, but it's funny as hell.






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Has anyone read Heinlein's "Job: A Comedy of Justice"?
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*raises hand* I had mixed feelings on it.
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I would need to reread it to give more specifics, a thing I've got no real desire to do, but I think a lot of it had to do with Heinlein's writing style. Sometimes I just can't get past it. That, and the way he presented things like the pornography and incest stuff kinda put me off... Being a survivor of incest, it's a bit of a touchy issue, and I can't find it funny or particularly philosophical beyond "people who do it need to be castrated and killed slowly by being skinned alive with a spork". I tried really hard to see the value in the book, given that most people I know who read it just think it's awesome, but in the end I just felt it dealt with things in ways I didn't care for and couldn't get past. To me it ended up feeling like when I was badgered by my ex into seeing the Da Vinci Code...

It's two hours or whatever of my life that I'm never getting back.
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I feel the same way about Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land". While I like most of the book, his homophobia puts me off greatly. I told a friend this and he replied that Heinlein had a lot of scenes in there where guys were kissing guys, etc.

While that is true, none of it is actual homosexuality. And two lines are very telling. The first calls gay men and women "poor inbetweeners" and the second says that they'll 'never be offered the Water of Life".
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....Yeah, I could see why that would be off-putting. Now I know to pick that book up at the library if I ever decide to read it, instead of actually buying it. Thanks. ^__^

I could think of a few books I've had that kind of a reaction to. I rarely finish books like that, but I finished CoJ because it was something that came so highly recommended. I sorta went through it waiting for it to speak to me, and it never did. I kept expecting it to, because so many people who's opinions I respect came across as if it spoke to them, so I finished the book feeling very meh about it. And very disappointed
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Hmm. Heinlein did have some rather avant garde ideas in the sexuality and relationship categories, and towards social structure in general; he was a proponent of cultural relativism. Apparently also a proponent of open relationships, but only between opposite sexes. On the other hand, take into consideration his era: homosexuality was a crime then. Maybe he was closeted I kid. I have no idea.

I think I just find the idea of this planet being "God"'s etch-a-sketch amusing...as Eddie Izzard portrayed Hitler in Dress to Kill: "I can't get the damn trees right...I will kill everyone!" And I highly recommend aforementioned dvd; here's the clip to which I refer:

And Eddie on religion:

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Do you have a flag? Hilarious!! Heinlein can be hard to read, but well worth it. I love his take on religion, love and humans being strangers to themselves for most of what little life they actually live.
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