Friday, August 19, 2016

Ayn Rand Fans

I enjoyed this 7-min video by Liberty Pen today.  You see grown men who share the same childhood memory with the same heavy nostalgia: when they read Atlas Shrugged.

Every person I've met who has read Atlas Shrugged says the same thing: how old they were when they first read the book.  And if you read the book out in public, say at a Starbucks, people will come up to you and ask how you like it.  And yes, they will tell you how old they were when they read it.

Atlas Shrugged is the best book I have ever read.  It was sad to turn each page in the 1100-page book knowing that it would eventually come to an end.

I came to Atlas Shrugged, and Ayn Rand's other work, in my late 40's.  I can't imagine life had I not read it, and I regret having read it so late.

Atlas Shrugged and a couple of her other books are listed in the Ushanka Library at the left.

1 comment:

sth_txs said...

I even remember where I read it. I had a week to kill before starting work many years ago when I was in my late 20's, so I went over the local library at my new home and checked out some things.

I like the writing and themes involved though some of the speeches get a bit long winded (like the chapters in Lord of the Rings). I can't say I'm a diehard Randian but the book does address some good philosophical issues.

I've also read The Fountainhead. The woman was bit whacked in some ways, but maybe being exposed to brutal communist does that to a person.

It is also one of the few books written by a woman I would bother to read.