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Atlas Shrugged (original 1957; edition 1999)

by Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff (Introduction)

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Title:Atlas Shrugged
Authors:Ayn Rand
Other authors:Leonard Peikoff (Introduction)
Info:Plume (1999), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 1200 pages
Collections:Your library, Fiction/Literature/Plays/Essays, Read
Rating:*****
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1957)

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I read this for a read along so this is a summary of the experience, not really a review but click through the link at the bottom to see all posts related to the read along.

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It’s the summer of the chunkster! A group of us decided to read Atlas Shrugged (#AtlasRAL) this summer and we have hit our last milestone which was to complete the book by August 15th. I am happy to say that I finished it a week before the deadline. Yes!

“You don’t have to see through the eyes of others, hold onto yours, stand on your own judgment, you know that what is, is–say it aloud, like the holiest of prayers, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”
— Dagny Taggart

First, a few thoughts:

Of the three parts, this last part was my least favorite. Much of it seemed a little far-fetched and the romantic undertones were overly dramatic, in my opinion.

In the previous parts, we have the build-up of what’s about to go down to look forward to, but in this part, we see it happen and was it just me, or was it a bit anticlimactic? Maybe because we all knew what was coming?

THE BIG SPEECH, which is super long and everyone warned me about, was not all that long or maybe I was more into it than I thought. I had no problems with it and didn’t even skim.

There is one character in the book, a much liked character who doesn’t fare all that well by the end of the story. This made me sad and was a little surprising.
Atlas Shrugged RAL

It’s really hard for me to sum this book up because it’s so many things. While reading, your mind can’t help but ponder the ideas presented. That no one should live or produce for the good of others alone. That art, be it science, music or industry should continue on with a focus on creation, not so much what it can do for another person. Facts are facts, no matter what one hopes or desires. It all makes sense, but it’s still hard to wrap the brain around. You know?

In the end, it was a remarkable book. Much easier to read than I thought it would be. It gave me lots to think about but that romantic thread! I really could have done without it.

For those who took a leap and read it with me… Guess what guys? We are done!

For all of the posts, visit my blog, Book Chatter. ( )
  tibobi | Aug 18, 2015 |
I'm half way through it now, after six weeks. For a while i though this would be the one book this decade i didn't finish. but it's going ok, now that i've stopped reading it as a utopian novel about the way people should be (great, strong, self-assured), and started reading it as a very long version Kafka's Trial.
And skimming through the endless internal dialogues and descriptions of the minute facial expressions which mean everything, even though they are usually cold and withdrawn.
  andrewlorien | Aug 11, 2015 |
An amazing read; absolutely worth the months I spent on it. Totally enlightened me to the ways of life and made me re-prioritize the things I've been neglecting, like pride and success. Extremely long and drawn out at several points, which do not serve to assist the point of the novel. Still, a classic and a staple. ( )
  Curlyzha | Aug 4, 2015 |
absolutely stunning. but i am completely biased, i simply adore rand.

if you were to pick up my copy of Atlas Shrugged you would be able to see just how much i loved this book (with all of its underlined passages, broken spine and dog-eared pages).

if i were never to read anything new the rest of my (hopefully) long, long life, i think i shouldn't suffer so long as this book were available for me to revisit. ( )
  mkclane | Jul 31, 2015 |
Super important message. But rather naive. Pure blacks and whites. ( )
  skippa | Jun 25, 2015 |
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Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.
Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns--or dollars. Take your choice--there is no other.
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At last, Ayn Rand's masterpiece is available to her millions of loyal readers in trade paperback.

With this acclaimed work and its immortal query, "Who is John Galt?", Ayn Rand found the perfect artistic form to express her vision of existence. Atlas Shrugged made Rand not only one of the most popular novelists of the century, but one of its most influential thinkers.

Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit.

Atlas Shrugged is the "second most influential book for Americans today" after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club

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The decisions of a few industrial leaders shake the roots of capitalism and reawaken man's awareness of himself as an heroic being.

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