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This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world, and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battle not against his enemys but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? You will learn the answers to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this remarkable book.
Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, "Atlas shrugged" is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in , Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon.
Toggle Dropdown Advanced Search. Status Available. Call number Genres Fiction. Publication Argo, Dokoran. Description This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world, and did. Media reviews Newsweek. The New Yorker. New York Herald Tribune. She should not have tried to rewrite the Sermon on the Mount. The Objective Standard. Atlas Shrugged represents a watershed in the history of world literature. National Review.
For we cannot help feeling at least a sympathetic pain before the sheer labor, discipline, and patient craftsmanship that went to making this mountain of words.
But the words keep shouting us down. In the end that tone dominates. But it should be its own antidote, warning us that anything it shouts is best taken with the usual reservations with which we might sip a patent medicine.
Some may like the flavor. In any case, the brew is probably without lasting ill effects. But it is not a cure for anything. Nor would we, ordinarily, place much confidence in the diagnosis of a doctor who supposes that the Hippocratic Oath is a kind of curse. There could have been something exhilarating about the capitalists' revolt—except for the fact that what Rand presents is not so much capitalism as its hideous caricature.
In fact, if her intention were to destroy faith in capitalism, she could not have written a book better suited to the purpose. Perhaps most of us have moments when we feel that it might be a good idea if the whole human race, except for the few nice people we know, were wiped out; but one wonders about a person who sustains such a mood through the writing of 1, pages and some fourteen years of work.
Los Angeles Times. Challenging and readable, and quick with suspense It's a book every businessman should hug to his breast, and the first novel I recall to glorify the dollar mark and the virtue in profit. User reviews LibraryThing member tomcatMurr.
Unquestionably the greatest achievement in human history. Orginally entitled Atlas Farted , Ayn was persuaded by her publisher to change the name to Atlas Shrugged. I used it to practice my speed reading on, you know, that technique where you only read the first word of every line and then guess the rest?
So cool to learn that the technique was invented by Walter Bosenbonkers at MIT in the mid s at around the same time Ayn was working on her magnum. A hymn to unfettered human intelligence coz you know how fettered human intelligence is, at least, I know mine is LOL Atlas Shrugged includes such gems as: Learn to value yourself, which means: to fight for your happiness. Wow, eh? All right, that one is a bit difficult. I had to think about it for a whole day before I understood it, the complexity of the language so perfectly echoes the complexity of the thought.
I reckon this puts her in the company of other such great philosophers as Dale Carnegie, Warren Buffett, my mate Bill down the pub, and Lord Ron Hubbard. Oh, and this, The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence. LOL Also, there's some really great soft porn in the middle. I dropped the book several times during that section coz it's kind of hard to hold with just one hand.
Galt would have approved: so useful neh! Read this book. You will never be quite the same again. LibraryThing member absurdeist. When I consider the glory of the Seven Wonders of the World, and ponder how "impossible" the architectural feats of ancient peoples who labored so intensively and scientifically consider those who built nearly 1, years ago, the astronomical buildings of New Mexico's, Chaco Canyon - a veritable gargantuan, ancient sundial, in its vast complex of structures - which kept track of the seasons and days of the year as precisely as Big Ben, or a Timex , and did so, obviously, truly amazing, without the benefits of modern technologies When I contemplate the innovative, miraculous advances made in medicine over the past couple centuries, and the tens of millions of lives that have either been saved as a result of those advances, or whose quality-of-life has been dramatically improved because of the discoveries of compassionate women and men When I consider the unparalled invention of the computer, the internet, even LibraryThing When I consider Galileo, Einstein, and the invention of the wheel That is, when I consider all these people and their visionary , singular accomplishments throughout World History, as magnificent and humane and life-affirming as they are, they still don't compare - no, they pale by comparison - to what is so obviously and incontrovertibly , the Single Greatest Achievement in Human History: Atlas Shrugged , by Ayn Rand.
Atlas Shrugged is about a thinly disguised, pompous, unpretty, and compassion-less Bee-otch pardon the oh-so-e gregious "ad hominems" - shame on me!
In a nutshell, John Galt can kiss my tuckus. LibraryThing member HaughtyKnotty. I first read this novel after seeing it discussed on the Colbert Report, and have come to the conclusion that this frequently misunderstood novel is one of the greatest works of literature ever written, likely on par with the Bible and anything ever written by Shakespeare.
The entire book is, in reality, a parody, which casts a megalomaniacal and shodowy zealot named John Galt as a hero to a wide range of dysfunctional and privileged misfits who declare themselves to be the truly productive people in society.
Rand shows Galt playing on the fears of weak individuals living in a flawed but majoritarian world, and using every flaw as a way to build toward his utlimate dictatorship of the self-righteous and egomaniacal. She crafts the real world with all of the technology and industry of the middle twentieth century, but expands on the small fears of everyday life and magnifies them so they make individuals skittish and paranoid and eager to embrace any alternative. She purposefully overstates each small action of the government to feed the underlying paranoia of her readers.
Rand does some amazing things throughout. First, she writes in a way that leads many readers to actually believe in Galt, and the book has spawned an enormous following among those whose moderate acuity prevents them from understanding the real gist of her work.
They become part of the parody. Second, she carefully takes this well-thought out and truly ingenious scheme and crafts it as if she is at best a mediocre writer, so one does not understand the true brilliance behind it until further review. Yes, beneath that simplistic prose and those stock characters and cartoonish plots is really a profound statement about how easily conned people are by a facile utopian.
In the end, the careful reader will discern in Galt nothing less than the Lamb who opens the Seventh Seal. One cannot cease admiring Rand. Indeed, she herself should be lauded as a vritual demigod, and worshipped by her readers. I am proud to have stood on her shoulders.
LibraryThing member nohablo. Absolutely rank. Not so much written as screamed, and with all the subtlety of an air-raid siren. Doesn't even make the slightest attempt at believability, empathy, or, really, readability. It's so clunky and utterly tone-deaf that it can barely be called English. May be one of the worst books I have ever read. LibraryThing member therainking. Doubtful I'll waste much time 'reviewing' many books on here other than giving my Ebert thumbs up or down.
But I feel compelled to make this one of my only comments, if only because this tripe has somehow found popularity again. Simply put, Fountainhead and Atlas present a completely unworkable and utterly childish philosophy, and worse yet, do so in the context of annoyingly awful writing.
Because it is abundantly clear Rand's pages were not spent on quality storytelling or inspired prose, I'm thoroughly convinced the absurd length of the books is a result of Rand's inability to convince herself of her own argument. It's like she began writing with the intent on proving a point and, after realizing she'd never get there convincingly, figured sheer length would give the books some sort of credibility regardless of their content.
That her so-called philosophy is now the mantra of the neocon douche is extremely fitting and indicative of the books' intellectual value. Actually, the only value of reading them, much like the Bible, is to discredit those who rely on them for their worldview.
LibraryThing member Anjreana. What a load of twaddle - I've never read such a badly written book, and I'm shocked that so many people consider this a literary classic. Interesting ideas if you like propaganda. LibraryThing member bitterfierce. The heart of this story is a classic good-versus-evil epic, but unfortunately it's hindered by the fact that Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged purely as a vehicle for her philosophy of objectivism—and it hits the reader like a freight express.
Rand's prose is as striking as ever, but she uses it to describe cartoonishly flat people. The third-person, subjective viewpoint flits back and forth between characters, but while the heroes are portrayed with the uncompromising individuality Rand espoused, every other player in the story is so blandly caricatured within and without that the reader can only wait for their inevitable demise, not with tense anticipation, but with bored impatience— Yes, I get it, now hurry up already.
Such simplicity of motive would be fitting for a children's comic strip; in a novel of over 1, pages, it is tiresome. Many elements of the plot are as compelling as any suspense novel, but it is rare to make it through more than a few chapters without crashing into yet another pages-long soliloquy on the evils of the collective—something which could be, and is, much more handily demonstrated through the plot. These speeches—the longest lurches through a jarring 60 pages, and summarizes the theme clear into the grave—cannot help but be interpreted by the reader in the most smugly condescending tone imaginable—not because of the nature of the characters, but because of the assumption on the author's part that the reader wouldn't be able to work out the point on their own.
In spite of its frustrations, Atlas Shrugged is rewarding, and even enjoyable, if interpreted as a fable on individualism. If the reader is unfamiliar with the author's background, and ignores the period in which the book was written, it is too easy to read it as a blueprint for a sort of hyperbolic capitalist dreamland—or to heed the many facile and dishonest critiques of the work.
Atlasova Vzpoura (Atlas Shrugged, Czech translation)