It took me half a year, several "stop-and-gos", and a bit of suffering. Do not get me wrong: even if you, like me, do not agree with most of the Randian philosophy, Atlas Shrugged offers many sparks to think and discuss our view of life and society, in a manner which is surely not trivial.
Still, this book is too long, and so badly written from a narrative perspective, so rambling, so naive in its dialogues or turning points, that it is very, very difficult to keep reading while repressing the instinct to close the book, put it on the shelf and never come to it again.
I have heard about Ayn Rand for a long time and usually in association with the genre Steampunk. Since my novel The Quest for the Last Crimefighter became available at Lulu.com and is in the Steampunk genre, I figured I owed it to myself to finally read the work of the woman said to have been the inspiration for it. Atlas Shrugged is a large, well all right, a huge book that is intimidating when seen. I picked up the 50th Anniversary copy, which is really the 35th Anniversary edition re-issued. From the first page, her words caught me up in a descriptive world like I've never read before. The way she brings the smallest things to life with her words is refreshing and absolutely astounding to read. The thought she had put into her every thought and then into this book, leaves nothing to the imagination except to picture the world she has created and it is breath-taking when you do. Take the time to read Atlas Shrugged, read it slowly, get every word and become a fan of Ayn Rand....Continua