Anyone reading Ayn Rand ATLAS SHRUGGED

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    I heard on the news today that ATLAS SHRUGGED is now the most read book in the country (USA) right now. I am wonder how many are reading it and what has prompted you to start this epic novel?

    I read it years ago, and started reading it a few weeks ago when my buddy Matt Sinclair of the Washington Redskins told me he bought the book for all the linebackers. I thought what a brave man.

    Matt has since retired from the NFL as of a few weeks ago.
     
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    I read Atlas Shrugged and the Fountainhead years and years ago, haven't heard anything about it being "most read" lately. WTF is up with that, I wonder?
     
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    I read her books years ago. I always admired her way of thought. I'm not sure I wish to tackle any of her books now. I wonder why there is so much interest now.
     
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    I read her books in my teens. Don't have any particular interest in them now.
     
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    Atlas Shrugged is a big load of donkey shit, have fun reading her treatise on selfishness and how to become a human douchenozzle.
     
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    I hate that woman and the "fuck everyone over; just get yours" philosophy she euphemistically calls "objectivism".
     
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    Her books are humerous. *if* that is.. they're not taken seriously and treated as the sort of stoney faced satire i suspect they're meant to be be treated with..
     
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    Bioshock caused it's popularity methinks.
     
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    Overrated.
     
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    I read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged in ninth grade and told my English teacher that Ayn Rand was full of crap. Unfortunately, teach was a big fan and gave me a C on what was probably my best book report ever. At least my Mum agreed with me. :cool:
     
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    I have not read it, but I can tell you how it was reviewed by Officer Barbrady of South Park: "Yes, at first I was happy to be learning how to read. It seemed exciting and magical. But then I read this: Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of shit, I'm never reading again!"
     
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    I didn't know you could read.
     
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    Rand is trite, obvious garbage that's only saving grace is a certain heavy-handed flair she had with words. Anyone who, as an adult, is seduced by her tenets of Objectivism is in serious need of a compassion transplant.
     
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    According to some woman whose name I forgot that wrote a book on Ayn Rand, and was on the Daily Show, she basically set out to write some propaganda for the right, since the left had much more at the time I guess. She also notes that the popularity of the book goes up when Democrats are in office usually. Ayn Rand grew up in a communist nation, and all of her father's property was taken by the state, so I can understand her being to the right like she is. She is also an atheist, which I find interesting. I tried reading it once, but I never got into it, I should probably try again so I can make more solid comments. However I will say that it is a fiction novel, so I've always wondered why it has been toted as propaganda for capitalism and such. I've often heard people use it as a defense, saying what could happen if we become more liberal or blah etc. That just makes me want to punch them and yell "IT'S A FUCKING NOVEL!" Are you saying if I go to that one train station, on platform 13 and 1/2 or whatever the fuck it was, I could go to Hogwarts?

    I've also heard that there are a lot of sex scenes. I wonder if your typical proper conservative has a copy, but with all the sex blacked out like a Reagan tape transcript. :wink:
     
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    Can't see the OP, so I have no context for the thread...

    I may be in the minority, but I enjoyed reading Rand’s work.
    Rand's individualist ideology and heroism may be distasteful to some, that’s fine. However, as works of literature, they were a little repetitive in theme but decent reads.
     
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    Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" struck me as a collossal, self-righteous bore.
     
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    Is it any wonder America has run off the rails?
    One of Rand’s most famous devotees is Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, whose memoir, “The Age of Turbulence,”

    The Alan Greenspan Timeline

    Greenspan begins to develop a serious interest in Ayn Rand's philosophical ideas, which will later be known as Objectivism. He attends regular Saturday night salons at Rand's apartment, which include the opportunity to read draft sections of Rand's forthcoming novel, Atlas Shrugged.

     
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    I once heard a guy say that he re-reads Atlas Shrugged every year.

    The only thing that makes the idea of reading the thing at all attractive to me is that doing so would put me in a position to say how bad it is, rather than simply accepting the opinions of people whose judgment I trust, all of whom share the opinion of Officer Barbrady (quoted earlier).
     
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    Funny you mention this...I just got around to starting to play BioShock, and that was the parallel I drew immediately.
     
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