February 22, 2018

Book Review: “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein

There are some books which have stood the test of time and have been deemed classical and reviewing is a futile effort. Like an art critic reviewing the Mona Lisa or the Sistine Chapel with anything short of awe and respect, reviewing a classic novel feels a little arrogant. How does one critique what has passed the test of time?

And so we come to the book: Robert Heinlein’s “The Moon is Harsh Mistress.”

Why I Read Fiction, and Why You Should, Too.

“If reading is the key to self-mastery, fiction is the master key. […] But fiction demands that you either identify with the characters’ decisions or distance yourself from them, and this has a powerful effect. In doing so you shape your own moral experience. Although it may seem to be far removed from the center of the culture right now, fiction remains the best form of reading — the single best way to achieve all of reading’s goods.”