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Robert A. Heinlein In Dialogue With His Century: 1907-1948 Learning Curve (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 17 ago 2010

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  • Copertina rigida: 622 pagine
  • Editore: Tor Books (17 agosto 2010)
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 0765319608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765319609
  • Peso di spedizione: 862 g
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Inizio subito dal punto più dolente: una inaccuratezza difficile da scusare.
A pagina 347 risulta che "...Mussolini was torn to pieces by a mob in Rome and his broken body hung from a lamppost...". Come si può leggere agevolmente anche sulla edizione inglese di Wikipedia, Mussolini fu ucciso da una formazione partigiana disciplinata militarmente e che ne aveva ricevuto l'ordine dal CLN, non da una folla in tumulto; fu ucciso a Mezzegra vicino al lago di Como, a 650 chilometri da Roma; fu appeso a un distributore di benzina e non a un lampione.
Spero che in tutto il resto la ricerca del biografo sia stata più accurata, ma uno svarione del genere me ne fa molto dubitare.
Per il resto la storia è scritta bene, nel senso della scorrevolezza, ma l'autore manca della capacità di riassumere gli episodi. Scopro che eventi che sembrano essere quasi insignificanti (per me, ma per quanto se ne capisce anche per Heinlein) sono trattati abbondantemente e altri che mi paiono molto più interessanti sono solo menzionati. Forse in parte ciò è conseguenza della stesura in due volumi. Nel complesso un libro che si fa leggere, e probabilmente la biografia di RAH più completa che avremo mai. Se siete fan compratela pure, non saranno soldi buttati. Ma non è neppure un capolavoro-che-non-bisogna-perdere. Magari prima -se fate parte di un'associazione, ad esempio- compratene una copia collettiva, prima di decidere che volete la vostra copia personale.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 su 5 stelle 72 recensioni
103 di 106 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle An amazing accomplishment 22 agosto 2010
Di Michael Booker - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
Patterson has been given unprecedented access to prepare a two-volume authorized biography of science fiction giant Robert A. Heinlein. The depth of detail that he offers here - backed up by nearly a hundred pages of footnotes--means that we have a definitive biography of a one of America's greatest authors.

One of the things that I most deeply appreciate is that this isn't a hagiography. Patterson has deep affection for his subject, but Heinlein is shown as a flawed human being who makes many mistakes and who had many shortcomings. Many mysteries about his life are finally resolved (who was his first wife - the one before Leslyn?) thanks to extensive detective work.

For fans of Heinlein's fiction, this book (and I trust, the subsequent volume) will help to answer the tired question that ever author dreads, "Where do you get your ideas?" Heinlein's life is, naturally, the chief source for his fictional characters and plot lines. Sometimes Patterson is explicit in drawing these connections. In other places, readers versed in Heinlein's work will catch these linkages on their own.

The book must also be praised as a fascinating lesson in American history. Heinlein came from humble Missouri roots and lived through the bulk of the 20th century. His Navy career prior to WWII is fascinating in its own right, as is his involvement in California politics during the Depression.

Fans of Heinlein: READ THIS BOOK. Fans of science fiction: READ THIS BOOK. As for those interested in American History, especially U.S. Naval history...I strongly commend this biography to you.
5 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
3.0 su 5 stelle The Early Years and Leslyn! 24 luglio 2014
Di Amazon Customer - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Let me start off by saying I am a fan of Robert Heinlein's work. Also let me say that as read this volume and the one after it there were many things I came to be surprised at both pleasantly and unpleasantly as I read about his life. But this is what a biography should do, reveal information, however, upon closing the book I wish it could have been done better and perhaps more objectively.

This volume covers the early years of Heinlein's life. I read the second volume first and this the first volume second as it has always been his later period of writing that interested me more.

My feeling about this book are mixed; in one way this volume is an achievement, how many volumes concerning Heinlein have seen publication? The writing at times is choppy and seems overly repetitive. An example is a note on war time tire rationing that hampered Heinlein from taking a trip, that is later repeated again a few pages later. Some extra copy editing would make this work flow better.

As others have pointed out there is a heavy reliance on letters as sources of information, The author clearly had, at Virginia Heinlein's invitation access to records and other materials, however my question is: Does this lead to an objective biography or not? It seems from incidents depicted in the second volume that if that it would be hard to gain access to the archives and other data if you were not writing a biography that was sympathetic to Robert Heinlein.

Clearly the author is a fan of Heinlein which makes his task all the tougher when dealing with the issue of Heinlein's second wife Leslyn. Up to reading this volume I had never really known about her and felt sympathetic to her. Was she treated fairly or was she pushed to the side when Robert met Virginia? I think that is up to the reader to decide. When dealing with some potentially negative aspects of Heinlein's life the author seems to stain to get through them without putting too negative a spin on them.

In the end since there is no other biography that spans this scope I am giving it three stars despite the at times awkward writing.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Baby boomer science fiction fans, this is YOUR book. 16 maggio 2014
Di Cloggie - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Well, it was bound to happen. The author who thrilled us old farts with stories of space travel, filled with personalities, plots, sub-plots and even sexuality has finally had a good biography written about his personal life. Hearing how his personal life in some ways paralleled what he wrote about (naturism, open marriage) was something new for me and added context to his writing.

This is a very detailed biography, of a very interesting man, one who was probably outside of his time and yet who was the defining author of his time for fantasy and science fiction. If you have never read his books, this will be an uninteresting and tedious read...if, like me, you were a fan of Heinlein from the time of literacy, through puberty and into adulthood, this will be page after page of interesting stuff and this is only volume 1.

Which is the most disappointing part....that there is a second volume to come, covering his most popular works and times. Another purchase, another wait.

Heavy sigh...
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5.0 su 5 stelle Buy this book if you're interested in RAH or the Golden Age of SF 13 novembre 2013
Di Bill Nelson - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
I won't rehash all of the excellent material in these reviews. But as a serious Heinlein fan (first juvenile read over fifty years ago,) I devoured this book learning many things about my favorite author. Patterson has in my opinion done excellent research and the footnotes prove it.

During the reading, I found it helpful to have Robert A Heinlein: A Readers Companion by James Gifford at my side.

The second volume of the biography (Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better by William H. Patterson) is scheduled for release on June 3, 2014 and is now available for preorder here on Amazon. I'll be among the first to get this and read it.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A serious, detailed biography for students of Robert A. Heinlein 14 settembre 2014
Di Karl Kunkel - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I am extremely impressed with this biography (Vol. 1) so far. I'm about a quarter of the way through this volume and find it very engrossing and highly comprehensive. The biographer gives me a real feel for RH's early life in Missouri, his exhausting years at the U.S. Naval Academy and his abbreviated, yet foundation-building, years as an officer in the Navy. At this point in my reading, RH is just starting to dabble in fiction after an immersion in engineering, military life and hard science, so it is interesting to see this gradual evolution into the exploration of becoming a science-fiction author. I particularly appreciate the biographer being so detailed about the outside, real world in which RH is operating and trying to survive and flourish. I am reading this volume in small bits, choosing to absorb as much as I can. Soon, I will start reading his earlier fiction while I continue with the bio, so can better understand his life and perhaps why he was writing the subject matter he was at that time. This is a long volume. But I will be reading Vol.2 when I'm done.