Thursday, July 10, 2014

Atlas Shrugged (Review by Marsha Gaylord)

Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand
3 out of 5

Published 1957

First Sentence
"Who is John Galt?"
Publisher's Description:

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators? Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the world’s motor—and the motive power of every man? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the characters in this story..

Dear Reader,

(I listened as an audio-book. Thanks Amber!)

This book is similar from what I remember of Ayn Rand's Fountainhead. The premise is the same: a few exemplary individuals in some kind of industry, dealing with a world of small minded idiots and few evil opportunists. The story is slow; for example a scene about a party lasted too long. Atlas shrugged is not a riveting story but there are a lot of interesting social, global, economic and culture observations worth considering.
I've been told that this book is a favorite to tea-party people. I do not share that kind of political view. It was good to see it from their side to gain perspective, but I want to point out that the government has put regulations on business, and does help out people in need ( welfare, social security etc) and we haven't gone to hell the way Ayn Rand sets up her dystopia.

Good God! this book is long. I'm coming to the opinion it is drawn out which is why I'm giving it 3 stars. Especially the three hour speech that John Galt gives towards the end of the book. I couldn't help mentally tune out as it went on and on. I can only imagine how tedious it is to read it.

I had to re-listen to the last section of the book. What happens after John Galt speaks. This has the most continuous action which I appreciated but I was confused as to what happened to Eddie Willers and how long the men of the mind decided to hang out in Galt's Gulch. I also have to smirk at Any Rand's imagination of a world where 3 men who all loved one exceptional woman [ Dagney Taggart ] could be so cool about losing her to Galt in the end. People, I don't care how enlighten they are, still get jealous.


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1 comment:

  1. Funny, cuz I remember loving this book, although I've forgotten a lot of it by now, I am sure! But it's also supposed to be a pretty anarchist book as well as one beloved by very right-wing people. Odd, I know, but it definitely emphasizes plenty of anarchistic values within its story.


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