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Дорога доблести : [Фантаст. роман] (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1963; vuoden 2003 painos)

– tekijä: Роберт Ансон Хайнлайн

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E. C. ?Scar? Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn't given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential, willing to travel, no family or emotional ties, indomitably courageous and handsome of face and figure. Permanent employment, very high pay, glorious adventure, great danger. You must apply in person, 17 rue Dante, Nice, 2me etage, apt. D. How could you not answer an ad like that, especially when it seemed to describe you perfectly? Well, except maybe for the ?handsome? part, but that was in the eye of the beholder anyway. So he went to that apartment and was greeted by the most beautiful woman he'd ever met. She seemed to have many names but agreed he could call her Star. A pretty appropriate name, as it turned out, for the empress of twenty universes. And she sends him on the adventure of a lifetime. Robert A. Heinlein's one true fantasy novel, Glory Road is as much fun today as when he wrote it after Stranger in a Strange Land. Heinlein proves himself as adept with sword and sorcery as with rockets and slide rules, and the result is exciting, satirical, fast-paced, funny, and tremendously readable?a favorite of all who have read it. Glory Road is a masterpiece of escapist entertainment with a typically Heinleinian sting in its tail.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Дорога доблести : [Фантаст. роман]
Kirjailijat:Роберт Ансон Хайнлайн
Info:М. ЭКСМО 2003
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Glory Road (tekijä: Robert A. Heinlein) (1963)

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Magic becomes science, but Heinlein's sense of chivalry and heroism remains unchanged. Not his best work, but a good escape for anyone who likes the intersection of science fiction and fantasy. ( )
  octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
It's just past midnight, and as I stare across the desk at the book wall opposite I spot the slim red spine of an old paperback: Robert A. Heinlein's “Glory Road”. It must be ages since I last read it; it was worth dipping into again; it’s always been a go-to feel-good book for me.

It tells the tale of a Vietnam vet recruited in Europe on his way home from Vietnam by the Empress of the Multiverse to recover the Egg of the Phoenix, a stolen political database for a trans-dimensional civilization that leads him on a hero's journey that includes ogres, flame-breathing dinosaurs, meat-loving (hero flavoured especially) centaurs, cross-cultural misunderstandings, poetry recitals, swordfights, gunfights, and the hazards of being a retired hero. It is a hilarious and entertaining piece of pure cotton-candy fantasy fluff with a mildly acerbic underlying social commentary on gender discrimination, religion, and sexual mores.

If you'd like to take your mind off things for a day, you could do worse. I don't mean we should all turn to "tosh" but at times when one needs distraction, a good old-fashioned page-turn is just the ticket.

In the deeply uncertain days of climate change and virus going rogue, I am reaching for my solid favourites that have survived numerous down sizing, maturing culls. ( )
  antao | Sep 18, 2020 |
Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) was certainly his most read and most influential novel. The one that followed next, Glory Road (1963), was perhaps his least. In terms of basic literary substance and quality, it represented no slackening on his part, but it fell afoul of a genre-oriented readership that expected Science Fiction from a writer who had done as much as anyone to define the form in the mid-20th century. Instead, Glory Road most nearly approximates heroic fantasy, albeit in a subversive manner consistent with the Cabellesque, satirical inclinations already on display in Stranger in a Strange Land.

If it were to be given a Cabell-style subtitle, Glory Road might well have been called "A Comedy of Vocation." Heinlein's not-thoroughly-sympathetic protagonist "Easy" Gordon is a young US army veteran of the "police action" in Southeast Asia. As he is trying to sort out his future, it seems as if he might have a winning sweepstakes ticket that will put him through college. It turns out that he himself is a winning ticket (a.k.a. "hero") for a sorceress from another dimension who needs his help to reclaim an invaluable artifact from a hostile world. So roughly the first two thirds of the book is the gradual disclosure and accomplishment of this quest for the "Egg of the Phoenix."

But the final third of the book is far too much for a "happily ever after," and even exceeds what might be classed as a denouement. In this structural respect, as in several others, the book reminded me of Fleming's Casino Royale from about a decade earlier. (Substitute fencing for baccarat in this case.) Gordon discovers that being a "retired hero" does not suit him, and that having achieved greater rewards and higher luxury than he could have possibly imagined, he is dissatisfied without work to suit his character. The resolution of this dilemma, complicated through personal relationships and extradimensional migration, is the concern of the final arc of the story.

Like Stranger, Glory Road is sure to offend some 21st-century shallow readers who want to collapse the sexual prejudices of its protagonist onto its author--despite the protagonist overcoming some of those prejudices, and despite the story upending a variety of gender preconceptions within both the 'fairy tale' and 'fantasy adventure' paradigms. A few of Heinlein's personal fetishes (sexual or otherwise) are likely on display, but these are gestures I wouldn't begrudge any author. An epigram from George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra is the first instance of a leitmotif regarding cultural difference and moral relativism that is sounded throughout the book, not just in the later sections that portray the social commerce of a multiverse.

But "cultural pluralism" (as it is called in the Samuel Delany essay about the book appended to my 2004 Tor edition) is not the central conundrum of the book. As noted before, it is about the necessity of finding and cleaving to a calling, despite convention, cowardice, and any sort of distracting appetite. Gordon discovers what is needful in order to do that one thing which is the true purpose of his sojourn, and that makes him a hero.
4 ääni paradoxosalpha | Aug 10, 2020 |
Re-reading my least favorite of Heinlein's works, because who knows? Maybe an older eye can shed some light upon this most shameful of tales rife with sexism, unabashed fantastical thinking (that works because this is a fantasy), or the fact that there *might* be a good reason why Heinlein only wrote one fantasy novel.

Results of my analysis are pretty much the same as when I was a kid. Odd, that. I mean, sure, there's the fighting of dragons and lots of really cool swordplay, geometrical magical symbols and magic flying everywhere, and adventure, adventure, adventure, and while none of that is particularly noteworthy in a world literally overwhelmed with such things, there is a certain odd quirk to this novel that at once feels way out of place for a fantasy novel and later how it becomes almost the entire focus.

It's a book about relationships.

Not heroism, guts, luck, or doing one's manly duty.

It's about getting in the girl's pants, discovering that she's playing him for the same reason, marrying her because of a sense of "that's what men do", learning she's a galactic empress in a high-tech interstellar kingdom, learning he's filthy rich, and then, even though he's "wildly in love" with her, gets bored within months and drops her to go back to earth and act like a screwed-up war vet, all the while obsessing over her, the fact that he'd just given up high-tech immortality and endless wealth, and he dropped her all because she's freaking old, too, and it doesn't even matter if she looks like she's in her early 20's and she's an empress that has been ruling for a long time. He's upset because she went out to sow her wild oats, and he was the result.

Wild sexism is rampant throughout this novel. Absolutely. All on his part. He's pretty much the perfect example of "do as I say not as I do" idiocy that men tell each other about the women in their lives, and because this is a poor fantasy because it is just as fantastical to see this dipshit as a lady's man that all the chicks flock to, it IS a condemnation of such thinking, too.

I mean, I think I'd have preferred to have read the book from Star's PoV, not Scar's. After all, she's out there playing the game and even offering this dipshit not just the world but her wonderful self, endless wealth, immortality, and the respect of a whole empire for the heroic deeds that he (and she) accomplished. She played the game as only a smart and sexy woman of 1964 could play it, hamming it up for the benefit of the idiot male and giving him what he expected at every turn. All she really wanted was fun and companionship and a bit of love. She'd already had three children and 50 born ex-vitro. She has experience, she's smart, and she's bored.

It's just a shame that we had to follow along with this asshole, instead. If the novel had been written the way that Heinlein had written Maureen from Sail Beyond the Sunset, this novel would probably be a long-enduring classic. But it wasn't.

I did like the full synthesis of other-universal conditions that changed the laws where certain tech isn't feasible but magic is. This makes the novel Science-Fantasy rather than standard SF, but I have no problems with it. It was nominated for the Hugo in '64 and [b:Way Station|190999|Way Station|Clifford D. Simak|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1326490682s/190999.jpg|348798] won instead. That was a smart move. [b:Way Station|190999|Way Station|Clifford D. Simak|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1326490682s/190999.jpg|348798] was awesome. :)

I knocked off a star from my original review for all the reasons listed. It may be unfair to judge a work that is of its times this way, kind of like judging the men in Mad Men in the early 60's for their behavior by our standards, but it is what it is. *shrug*

Let's see how some of my better-beloved Heinleins will hold up! :) ( )
1 ääni bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Good adventure, got that old Heinlein readability, usual slightly rightwing hypermasculine SF author vibe. More sword and sorcery than usual Heinlein hard science. ( )
  gzuckier | Apr 15, 2020 |
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Als een moderne Odysseus zwerft Omar Gordon door de "Twintig Universa" over het "Pad van roem". Hij doet dit naar aanleiding van een advertentie die hoog loon, roemrijk avontuur en groot gevaar biedt. Aan zijn zijde de mooiste vrouw die de aarde ooit gezien heeft, mysterieus als een middeleeuwse heks. Hij moet deze vrouw via vele gevaren naar haar bestemming brengen en ontvangt als loon een fabelachtige schat. Een zeer welkome herdruk van een goed geschreven s.f.-roman met kostelijke soms wat simpele humor.
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E. C. ?Scar? Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn't given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential, willing to travel, no family or emotional ties, indomitably courageous and handsome of face and figure. Permanent employment, very high pay, glorious adventure, great danger. You must apply in person, 17 rue Dante, Nice, 2me etage, apt. D. How could you not answer an ad like that, especially when it seemed to describe you perfectly? Well, except maybe for the ?handsome? part, but that was in the eye of the beholder anyway. So he went to that apartment and was greeted by the most beautiful woman he'd ever met. She seemed to have many names but agreed he could call her Star. A pretty appropriate name, as it turned out, for the empress of twenty universes. And she sends him on the adventure of a lifetime. Robert A. Heinlein's one true fantasy novel, Glory Road is as much fun today as when he wrote it after Stranger in a Strange Land. Heinlein proves himself as adept with sword and sorcery as with rockets and slide rules, and the result is exciting, satirical, fast-paced, funny, and tremendously readable?a favorite of all who have read it. Glory Road is a masterpiece of escapist entertainment with a typically Heinleinian sting in its tail.

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