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Methuselah's Children Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Methuselah's Children

The Americans are very proud of their free society ... until it is rumoured that the Howard Families have the secret to immortality. The Families, led by the rapscallious Woodrow Wilson Smith, aka Lazarus Long, flee Earth, determined to remain free. This is the first appearance of Lazarus, a main character in future works by RAH.
This report prepared by Kim Marks








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   strict rationing of freedoms/goods Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   long lived adults

Setting

Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Spaceship setting:    -   primative (present, near future) human spaceship A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   neutral aliens Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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