It is time for Book Club Friday!
Today I will be reviewing:
Published in 1957, Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand’s greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex. Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life-from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy…to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction…to the philosopher who becomes a pirate…to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad…to the lowest track worker in her train tunnels.Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.
Atlas Shrugged was very long and Rand is known for going on rants about objectivism. When she went on a rant, I just skimmed the pages (they go on for over 50 pages). Besides this though, I loved this book. The story was amazing and it is relevant even today, even though it was written 50 years ago.
I was rooting for Dagny and hoping that everything would work out for her with the railroad, but I also understood why the big businesses did what they did. And where they lived was a dream only a visionary like Rand could understand and create. If you have a hankering for a long but very wonderful book, I highly recommend this for you.
I give this book 4.9 out of 5 stars.
What have you been reading recently?