Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand

3 Stars

 

A bare outline of a story covering the philosophic underpinnings of the objectivest movement. One man, John Galt, removes the best and brightest from the world so that they cannot keep being preyed upon by the “looters”. Ends with the collapse of the country [possibly world, but we never actually know] and the thinkers getting ready to take their country back. This was not necessarily an enjoyable book to read, mainly because the characters were simply avatars of ideals that the author holds and every couple of chapters one would start spouting the objectivest viewpoint, in expansively great detail, completely shattering the flow of the story. But like I said, this wasn’t really a story, just a cover.
Now to discuss the philosophy part. It posits that there is no God, no afterlife, nothing spiritual, just the material. Hence, the goal of man is to make himself happy. Rand states that each man doing his best to make himself happy will, in the end, make many more people happy as well. Trickle over happiness. Responsibility is a point that is hugely stressed and greatly needed in our day and age. Overall though, this is not something that a Christian could subscribe to. Parts of it, yes. I realize this book delves a lot deeper than what I just wrote, but I don’t want to write a treaty myself.

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7 thoughts on “Atlas Shrugged

  1. […] pages at a time and not missing any actual plot points. Erikson becomes as bad as Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged with the monologue by John Gault. Erikson gives full vent to his existential beliefs and in all […]

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  2. Bookwraiths says:

    I can’t say I’ve ever been tempted to read Ayn Rand.

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  3. Manuel Antao says:

    it’s one of the reviews the GR’s pricks deleted from their website…It was written at a time when I didn’t keep backups…I gave it one star…

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Somehow, that doesn’t surprise me. Gr is just louse’y.

      And speaking of Gr. Be sure to thank me barrento for me. He mentioned/linked to my review of Algorithm on a 2star review and I’ve been getting double digit hits from it. It is cracking me up!

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