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May 25, 2010

Atlas Shrugged: A Review

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 5:53 am
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Ok, finally finished Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  I may piss off a lot of fans of Rand by this review, but at least hear me out.

As far as the story goes, it was way too long.  Reading Rand’s prose is a test in a reader’s patience.  She is beyond long-winded, and I believe enough unimportant scenes could have been cut in order to make my 1200 page copy about 800.  I had to put the book down twice to take a break and read something else, and I read a lot of books, I don’t put many down.

Now, having said that, the overall moral of the story was great.  I get the message and I agree with it.  The characters were believable, and the basic story itself was good.  I would recommend it to anyone, but I would also recommend someone in the Rand estate authorize it be cut down into a trilogy or something.

For those that haven’t read it and may be interested I don’t want to give too much away.  Basically it’s the story of an America gone askew.  Reading it was kinda scary at some parts, as if today’s politicians took their lines from the fictional bureaucrats in the book.  In Shrugged the government gets out of control with regulation, fairness, and control, leading to the systematic collapse of capitalism.  The collapse is aided by a man who decides that he will no longer be subject to the state, and works to save his beloved country by stopping the machine that keeps it going every day.  He collects like-minded people and essentially takes them out of the system.  The basic idea is what would happen if all of the businessmen, inventors, creators, artists, and the like got fed up enough with government involvement and just stopped?  What would happen to society if all those that oiled, built, repaired, and redesigned the machine that kept this country moving just left?

Like I said, the parallels between the fictional government, and today’s Washington D.C. are scary.  Some of the laws in congress right now smack of the regulation in the book, and some of the language of our own politicians is a reflection of those in Shrugged.  There were many times I would just stop reading, needing time to absorb what I read, and grasp the fact that I wasn’t reading the newspaper or some history text, but a work of fiction.

Again I recommend the book, but be prepared for a long read.

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2 Comments »

  1. Seemed like a good review to me … even the ‘long-winded’ part ! Glad you ended with a recommendation.
    Ed

    Comment by Ed B — May 26, 2010 @ 8:09 am | Reply

  2. I try to be as honest as possible. I thought it was good, and an important read, but Gods help me if I didn’t think about just giving up a couple of times.

    Comment by disgruntledpatriot — May 26, 2010 @ 9:26 am | Reply


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