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Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn Rand

Review of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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       being a brit i had never heard of ain rand or her thick tome of pure brilliance. i bought it for a few pence (cents) at a second hand store knowing absolutely nothing about it. you come away from this book feeling like yes! i can do anything if i work hard. i know of no other book that can make you think so deeply and inspire you. a great motivational read.  ain rand  expresses clearly what you think and know to be true in a way that you could never explain yourself . 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was reviewed by neil

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       A Masterpiece, the only of its kind. You will be really disturbed by this book. A must read for all. 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was reviewed by Dorwal

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       I read this book every January just to remind me what life is really all about.  Greatest book ever written! 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was reviewed by Sandra

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       "Who is John Galt?" A seemingly rhetorical question that is oft asked among the members of the society described by Ayn Rand.

       A fantastic novel that includes a cast of wealthy characters who are viewed as "evil and selfish" by the government, media and the rest of society. Many of these characters earn their wealth thru vison, initiative and hard work...true capitalism. Their sucess is held against them by those who are not as driven or successful. A man named Galt with a brilliant mind leads a quasi-rebellion aginst the machine by shunning the misplaced guilt of being wealthy and successful.

       Rand is almost prophetic in her descriptive writing as it compares with our liberal society of today. "It's not fair that some should have so much while others suffer with little." Rubbish...to each according to his ability. Stop looking for handouts!

       THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR HARD WORK. I love this book! 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was reviewed by Rahul

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  One of the greatest books that I have ever read. Atlas Shrugged personifies the struggles of great minds against the world full of mediocrity.

 

  Amazing novel and a mst read for all.

 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was reviewed by Rahul

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“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.”-from the dust jacket.

 

  Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is a novel that takes readers through events that take place over a period of decades and all across America.  The book starts by introducing the Taggart family and the railroad, Taggart Transcontinental, that they own and operate.  The protagonist of the novel is Dagny Taggart, the younger sister of Jim Taggart, the president of TT.  As the story unfolds we follow Dagny’s efforts to save the railroad from the incompetence and indecisiveness of the nation and her own brother.

 

  The country is in a stage of collectivism and the hard working industrialists are paying the price.  No one in society wants to take responsibility for anything or make anything happen.  They want things simply handed to them without reason.  Dagny and her cast of like minded objectivists constantly struggle to keep the country afloat even though it seems that the people will do nothing to prevent it from sinking.

 

  Other characters like Hank Rearden, Ellis Wyatt, and Francisco D’Anconia play major roles in promoting the idea that every man should have what he earns rather than every man having what he needs weather he has earned it or not.  In the book it is worded as “every man according to his ability” and “every man according to his need”.  The hero, John Galt, isn’t even introduced to the reader until 2/3 of the way through the book.  Not to worry though.  You still have 400-500 pages to go.  John Galt is Rand’s interpretation of man’s ideal.  He embodies everything her philosophy embraces.  

 

  Atlas Shrugged and Ayn Rand have developed a cult following due to the strong beliefs she portrays in the characters in her novels.  Atlas Shrugged is her masterpiece and is the last work of fiction that she wrote.  It is my favorite novel that I have read to date.

 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was reviewed by Rand Fan

 

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  Atlas Shrugged is a terribly dull and slow novel. One third of it is written in a weird symbolic language in which Rand describes facial expressions and how people get aware of eachother. Another third contains a plot. The last third consists of moral tirades in which the characters again and again talk about how terrible it is with plan economy and how capitalism is the only moral acceptable way. The climax comes when one of the novels main characters talks about how extremely evil Robin Hood was.

 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was reviewed by Anti Objectivist

 

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