Grasping for the Wind Rotating Header Image

Book Review: Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein


Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Pub. Date: March 2006
Format: Paperback, 319pp
Publisher: Tor Books

Not to be confused with the movie of the same name, this Glory Road refers to the trials and tribulations of one Oscar Gordon, an American ex-soldier who finds himself on a journey with the most beautiful (and powerful) woman in twenty universes (although he never seems to know what is really going on).

Glory Road is one of Heinlein�s comedic works. Think Princess Bride meets Spaceballs and you will get the idea. Heinlein writes a swashbuckling tale that is part fantasy, part science fiction, and part cultural treatise. Written in 1963, Heinlein used Glory Road to poke fun at the culture around him. Ultimately, I would classify this work as a satire. Although most of Heinlein�s works are very serious, this one is not. It is a quick read that explores the sexual revolution just then dawning. A large portion of the book is given over to the discussion of sex and cultural values in relation to them.

Not a spectacular work, but one that is fun just to take to your favorite chair and laugh with. I giggled often as I read it. It is truly a writer at the top of his craft just having fun with language and the world that was changing rapidly around him.

I caveat my recommendation with the fact that sex is the primary topic of this work, and so is not for young readers. It is anything but tasteful, although it is not graphic.

Read this in between works of more serious nature, to allow you to laugh at the world so many find depressing.