Stranger in A Strange LandeBook - 1961
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Other: The socially sensitive may find the last quarter of this book offensive.
Sexual Content: Sexual content is not explicitly described in detail, but it is a strong part of the theme for the last quarter of the book.
Violence: The "Man From Mars" makes threats just disappear. There is a very violent sequence at the end of the book of biblical proportion. I do not want to give it away though...
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"I've found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts... because it's the only thing that will make it stop hurting." -Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
"...The Martians seem to know instinctively what we learned painfully from modern physics, that observer interacts with observed through the process of observation. 'Grok' means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed-- to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science-- and it means as little to us as color means to a blind man."
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A human born on Mars while his parents were on an expedition there is found by a crew later sent to Mars and brought home. The story examines the learning that the "Man From Mars" does through his life experiences and his desire to what the true "higher truth" is. He becomes fascinated at the fact that there are so many different religions on earth. Due to the fact that he cannot find the one that is correct, he, in essence, creates his own church.