- By Robert A. Heinlein Tom Weiner

Farnham's Freehold

  • Title: Farnham's Freehold
  • Author: Robert A. Heinlein Tom Weiner
  • ISBN: 9781441791702
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Farnham s Freehold Hugh Farnham is a practical self made man and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering he builds a bomb shelter under his house hoping for peace and preparing for war But when the apocalyp

    Hugh Farnham is a practical, self made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beingsHugh Farnham is a practical, self made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.Farnham and his family have barely settled down to the backbreaking business of low tech survival when they find that they are not alone after all The same nuclear war that catapaulted Farnham two thousand years into the future has destroyed all civilization in the northern hemisphere, leaving Africans as the dominant surviving people.In the new world order, Farnham and his family, being members of the race that nearly destroyed the world, are fit only to be slaves After surviving a nuclear war, Farnham has no intention of being anyone s slave, but the tyrannical power of the Chosen race reaches throughout the world Even if he manages to escape, where can he run to Heinlein s story is as engrossing now as it was in its original form decades ago Midwest Book Review Surprising, exciting, horrifying, and very stimulating Heinlein is at his controversial best sfreviews

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    1. Bridge-playing libertarian type gets hit by nuclear weapon and ends up in future world where whites are enslaved by blacks.Well, you can see why I gave up playing bridge.

    2. I read an overly simplified summary of this book that went something like this: libertarian veteran saves family in fallout shelter, gets moved forward in time 2,000 years, goes into survivalist mode and then runs into an advanced civilization where black people are the chosen race and who rule over a racially determined slave system. Succinct. This could have been shortened, reducing the first half with all the survivalist development, moving faster to the more interesting second half when the [...]

    3. I'm giving this two stars because I can't give 1.5 and because even worse books like Glory Road deserve the one--or an explicit zero, which unfortunately is not an option. This, however, is pretty bad. Hugh Farnham, right-thinking patriot, is ready for the bombs when they fall, what with his amazingly well-equipped bomb shelter, so even though for no logical reason whatsoever the bombs throw his shelter (along with his family and a couple more hangers-on) forward in time, he's ready to survive, [...]

    4. My Heinlein phase is continuing.If you are easily offended by your views (or societies givens) being challenged or called into question Heinlein is not an author for you.Heinlein is probably the best author that I have found in the Science Fiction category. His futuristic worlds provide an excellent commentary of our current social life as well as remarkable insight into the human psyche. His characters are multi-dimensional and some of his best characters are very strong women. He writes women [...]

    5. There aren’t many better recommendations for a book than ‘Sick as a dog but couldn’t put it down’. This is one of those.It works for survivalists, bridge players, parallel worldists, philosophers, post-catastrophists, cannibals looking for new recipes and anybody with Woody Allen’s tastes.It’s gotta be a fav of his. Those naked young things in the bunker with the middle-aged unattractive but pizazzy leader, one his daughter. Although his daughter confesses of the three breeding partn [...]

    6. This isn't my favorite book by Heinlein, but it certainly isn't my least favorite (that honor is held by "The Number of the Beast" or "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls"). I give it 4 stars - should be 3.5 - because it has a lot of good ideas running through it, although it isn't as well written as many of his novels. Still, I really liked it as a teen back in the 70's. Like "Stranger in a Strange Land", it hasn't aged as well, though.Written at the height of the cold war, back before the civil ri [...]

    7. The author is a GENIUS, every bit as good as Stranger in a Strange Land.I have plans on rereading this book in a few months after the mega trip of knowledge sinks in a little for a deeper insight-the man was years ahead of his timePlan on rereading this agin

    8. Wow. I've read a lot of books in my day--probably over a 1000--but I've never read a book that dovertailed into being utter garbage like Farnham's Freehold did. It starts off so well until the big twist (Which I'm not really spoiling since it's the only real attraction of this book at this point--blacks are in control of whites). Given that this book was published in the 60s, this would have been huge and inflammatory. Today, it's all hampered by crummy sci-fi elements that are utterly laughable [...]

    9. Lieber würde ich nach einem atomaren Schlag völlig einsam in der Strahlungswüste verenden, als Zuflucht in FARNHAMS FREEHOLD zu finden! Hugh Farnhams ist ein Teufelskerl, und obwohl er wie einst Noah verlacht worden ist, hat er für den Fall der Fälle einen Bunker auf seinem Grundstück gebaut, in dem sich ein Nuklearschlag der bösen Russen überleben läßt. Und genau in diesem Bunker finden er und seine Familie sowie der farbige (!) Hausdiener Joe und Barbara, die Freundin der Tochter Kar [...]

    10. One of the things about being a book geek is that, sometimes, you enjoy getting together with other book geeks and, well, geeking out about books. Part of this is that you it makes you feel better to know others enjoy reading a particular type of novel or genre as much as you do and that while most of your friends and family find your zealousness for said books frightening, there are others out there who understand. And another big part is that you get recommendations for new books you might not [...]

    11. This book has some notoriety among Heinlein's legions of critics for being a "reverse racism" story in which a group of white people (and their one black house-servant) are blasted thousands of years forward in time by a nuclear war, and find themselves in a future ruled by black overlords, served by an underclass of subservient whites.Farnham's Freehold is actually not that bad, nor is the narrative message as ham-fisted as I expected; Heinlein was a progressive for his time, and notwithstandin [...]

    12. Farnham's Freehold is #6 on my list of All Time Favorite Science Fiction Novels. Number six. I probably reread this novel about every three years. Heinlein was clearly having a lot of fun while he wrote it, and that shows. Copyright 1964. Structurally, it's cleaner than Stranger in a Strange Land; although it lacks the brilliance of the first half of Stranger.My favorite part is the love story between the old guy and his son's date. I probably like that too much.Nuclear War. Time Travel. Fascina [...]

    13. I read Farnham's Freehold because described it as a racist anti-racist book, and I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. Here are the relevant quotes from so we start out on the same page:The SF Site described Freehold as "a difficult book", and stated that "(a)t best, (it) is an uncomfortable book with some good points mixed in with the bad, like an elderly relative (who) can give good advice and in the next breath go off on some racist or sexist rant. At worst, Farnham's Freehold is an [...]

    14. Even having read this book before several times, it still blew my socks off. Heinlein's deep look at racism, his typically brilliant characters and one of the cases where he didn't lose interest in his plot all dovetail in a great book.2016: Probably this is one of the books that stimulated the best conversations with kids when we read it. They really latched on to the ideas of racism and slavery as seen in the book. It was so brilliant of Heinlein not only to have blacks lording over whites in [...]

    15. After reading this book it is rather obvious that it was written with one thing in mind. And that is to stir controversy. This book is not for the feint of heart but I rate it so highly because of Heinlein's talent for weaving an intricate story from just about anything. I will say that the plot certainly does get weak towards the end but I still give this my highest rating just from the joy of reading it and realizing just how controversial this book had to have been at the time of its original [...]

    16. There was an enticing rumor going round at one point that a Blue Club edition of this book existed, with the bridge sequences extended and some rather sexy new ones added. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a hoax. Pity.

    17. Without a doubt, Heinlein has a great imagination. Unfortunately, his ability as a writer is hit and miss. "Farnham's" was a miss. Clunky and awkward. Not the sentence structure per se, but the story construction. Considering that this book was written in the 60s, I can understand how its material might have been considered "edgy" (cold war, fallout shelters, civil rights, racism) and that could carry the story. Not so, today. The characters were wooden and their reactions unbelievable. Sure, it [...]

    18. I had finally gotten around to reading this novel a couple of years or so ago and was not that impressed with it. I read it again yesterday on a whim, and my thoughts on the novel really had not improved that much. I would give it 1.5 stars [maybe] but as I cannot give 1/2 star ratings I am going to drop it down to a 1-star [it does not rate 2]. The book starts off with [some] promise of potential 'greatness' but falls flat on its face about 1/3rd of the way through [in my opinion]. The characte [...]

    19. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land is one of the best sci fi novels ever written and not his only great work. Farnham's Freehold is from 1964. Set some ten years after it was written, starting off over an American family dinner, world war III breaks out, though the family can just barely make it to the bomb shelter which the head of the family, Hugh, had meticulously prepared. Days later, after three huge bombs have hit a military installation close to the shelter, the family emerges, to find [...]

    20. Nell'immensa produzione Heinleiniana non tutti i romanzi possono essere pietre miliari o veri e propri capolavori.Ci sono anche onesti romanzi che si leggono velocemente, anche con piacere, ma che lasciano in bocca il sapore di qualcosa di non cotto a puntino, come una pizza impastata male o mal lievitata."La fortezza di Farnham", del 1965, rientra (prevedibilmente) in questa categoria.Ambientato in piena guerra fredda, ci racconta di una famiglia che si trova ad affrontare nel proprio bunker pe [...]

    21. As an adventure this is not one of Heinlein's better stories, although enjoyable enough. As a treatise on the cold war, racism, slavery, the feminist movement, and morality it truly earns its billing as "the most controversial book in science fiction." Amazingly this story was published in 1961 at the height of tension between USSR and USA; the whole nation was caught up in visions of an apocalyptic nightmare. There were bomb shelters, many as elaborate as the one that Hugh Farnham built in this [...]

    22. Robert A. Heinlein wanted so much to not be racist, and this is the book that shows him trying so damned hard, and yet failing. The plot, in which suburban white folk from 1960s America are transported to a future in which dark-skinned people have the upper hand, is a fairly obvious morality play. Heinlein seems to obsess over showing off how he thinks white/black racism is kind of stupid. But in doing so, he depicts the African master race with unintentional stereotyping that's pretty damned of [...]

    23. This one's out of print. Post apocalyptic/speculative story in which whites are slaves due to nuclear fallout in Northern Hemisphere. It's one of those novels that Heinlein was criticized for Is it racist? This was during the height of the Civil Rights movement. Hard to say. Read it yourself. You'll have to look it up on since it's been "unofficially" censored.

    24. Robert A. Heinlein is not a Nazi. He is not a racist. He is also not a god. FARNHAM'S FREEHOLD is of, by and for the American white middle class of a half-century ago. It also challenges concepts of what is, can, and should be. Science fiction used to do that all the time. It needs to start doing it more, again.

    25. Back in the day, I'm pretty sure I loved Robert Heinlein. This book however.Every character in it was obnoxious. Granted, it was written in a far different time - so maybe that's why I found it offensive. The survivalist details (post end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it) were the most interesting part of the book. Very disappointed.

    26. Farnham’s Freehold was copyrighted in 1964 by Robert A. Heinlein and published that same year by G. P. Putnam’s Sons of New York. Initially set in the time in which it was written, at the height of the Cold War, in typical Heinlein fashion, this book starts off with a bang as the main character, Hugh Farnham and his family were blasted 2000 years into the future by a Russian atomic bomb. They survived the event because Hugh had the foresight to build a bomb shelter under his home. How the fa [...]

    27. Everything I can say is a spoiler. When I picked up the book, I knew nothing about it. And everything about it was surprising. So, I'll hide my review from those that do not want the surprise to be spoiled. Those who have read it, go ahed. (view spoiler)[Half the book is a libertarian/prepper post-apocalyptic wish-fulfillment fantasy. And the other half is an interesting distopyan thought experiment about race. It was first published in 1967. Five years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, still in t [...]

    28. Originally published on my blog here in May 1998.When I first read this book some years ago, it came over as racist and sexist. Re-reading it, I'm not so sure; I think Heinlein was trying to do something rather more subtle.Farnham's Freehold starts as a fairly standard post-apocalyptic tale, with a Russian missile attack on the US leading to the Farnham family hiding out in the bunker built by Hugh Farnham and derided by most of the family. Damage to the bunker forces the family - and Barbara, w [...]

    29. Written at the height of the Cold War (1964) this book was hard to classify. I shelved it as Alternate History, Post Apocalyptic Fiction, and Science Fiction. The premise is that Hubert Farnham, an American survives a nuclear war between the Soviets and the Americans with his family by hiding out in the bunker that he had built under his house. After three distinct blasts they eventually come out of the bunker to discover that they are in a pristine wilderness and that they have somehow stayed i [...]

    30. I have read many of Heinlein's earlier novels (marketed to the YA demographic) in my youth, and then later I absorbed a few of his more well known works (like Strangerc.), but this novel is new to me.When I come to a novel that I haven't yet read, I find it helpful to NOT check reviews or plot spoilers before plunging in. Sometimes, I end up seeing some reviews, but for this novel, a few of the reviews that I took a peak at seemed to be describing two different stories. Now that I am mostly thro [...]

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