Cironey Ciro Souza Da Silva Ciro Souza Da Silva de Sangha, Congo
This was a formative book for me. I'm not sure what I'd make of it if I were reading it for the first time now, tenish years later. The gender politics are revolting in a way I hadn't noticed the first time through, but the story and basic theme were as compelling as before. Even knowing exactly what was going to happen, it brought tears to my eyes more than once. The narrative was a bit clunky, and I didn't realize on the first read how much of a hodge-podge it is. The organization of the book doesn't try to hide that, though, arranging the chapters like a piece of music, marking sub-stories as "variations on a theme." I still consider it Heinlein's best and continue to love it even though its flaws are so obvious on my second read.