I am currently slogging through this Heinlein book at the recommendation of someone. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not terrible, but definitely not great. It’s very disjointed.
My question here is - at various times the author interrupts himself in the following way:
“and then we saw that” - (7,500 words omitted) - “And so, you see, she was my granddaughter all along.”
This happens about once a chapter, with different amounts of words each time.
I just wanted to know: What in the world does this accomplish other than ruining the thread of the story, totally alienating the reader, and making the book a very bumpy ride? Is there any real use for this? I am not reading an abridged book! Besides whoever tells you in abridged books what parts are cut? They try to make it seemless, and Heinlein makes it more broken up!
Anyone know why?