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message 1: by puck (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:41PM) (new)

puck i was at a meeting recently where the intros included "something that everyone there didn't know about you" or something like that, and this one guy goes "you know ayn rand? well, i'm an objectivist."

unsurprisingly, he was an ass.


message 2: by Jillian (new)

Jillian I loved how you described your reaction to this book. This is one of those books I think for everyone-and whether they agree or disagree with objectivism I think they should appreciate that they read something that really made them think THAT hard. I thought it was amazing and I loved your take on it.


message 3: by Taylor (last edited Jul 01, 2008 10:58AM) (new)

Taylor Absolutely. I don't completely agree with every aspect of Objectivism, but I absolutely respect it for being as thought-provoking as it is, to those who agree with it, those who don't, and those (like me) who maybe fit in somewhere in-between. I've gotten in more debates over Rand's work than anybody else's.


message 4: by Ilyn (new)

Ilyn Ross Hello Taylor,

How are you? I revere Ayn Rand.

When you have the time, please visit the "To the Glory of Man" group, the "Happy & Brainy" group, and the author giveaways (my novel, Reason Reigns, is listed). Could I add you as my friend?


Warmest regards,

Ilyn


message 5: by Taylor (last edited Jul 22, 2008 11:02AM) (new)

Taylor Sure, Ilyn, you can absolutely add me.


message 6: by Ilyn (new)

Ilyn Ross Thank you so much, Taylor.


message 7: by Miguel (new)

Miguel Gonzalez Taylor,
I am in total agreement with your overall assessment of both the book and of Ms. Rand's work. I agree, it is hard to follow the Objectivist lifestyle and actually get anywhere in our collectivist society. I read the book while I was a 19 year old sailor off the coast of Lebanon when I found this book in the library. As you can guess, when not actually doing any military ops, I had all kinds of time on my hands and I filled it with the story of Howard Roark. I still remember how enthralled I was to read about someone that seemed to share the same thought processes as I. To this day, I actually have made both my boys, and soon my daughter, read through this novel at least once. Perhaps they too can gleam a little from its pages as I did so long ago.


message 8: by Miguel (new)

Miguel Gonzalez Taylor,
I am in total agreement with your overall assessment of both the book and of Ms. Rand's work. I agree, it is hard to follow the Objectivist lifestyle and actually get anywhere in our collectivist society. I read the book while I was a 19 year old sailor off the coast of Lebanon when I found this book in the library. As you can guess, when not actually doing any military ops, I had all kinds of time on my hands and I filled it with the story of Howard Roark. I still remember how enthralled I was to read about someone that seemed to share the same thought processes as I. To this day, I actually have made both my boys, and soon my daughter, read through this novel at least once. Perhaps they too can gleam a little from its pages as I did so long ago.


message 9: by Miguel (new)

Miguel Gonzalez Oops! And I so rarely repeat myself in real life.


message 10: by Jason Williams (last edited Jun 16, 2009 01:53AM) (new)

Jason Williams I'm not saying that Ayn Rand killed Captain America (Easy Rider), but I do think she gave the orders to have him shot.




message 11: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Thank you for your in-depth review.
I look forward to tackling this one!


message 12: by Mike (the Paladin) (last edited Feb 25, 2010 02:42PM) (new)

Mike (the Paladin) A detailed discussion of Objectivist thought would take more room than I have here as this is about your review. I will say that while I agree with some parts (our society whether you call it collectivist, progressive, or simply socialist is obviously in trouble). But I do find this book more flawed than her other major work, Atlas Shrugged. (Probably because of the rape scene). I do wonder somewhat at your rating in light of this. What do you see as Rand's point in "beginning" their relationship thus?


message 13: by Armando (new)

Armando Navarro idk, im in high school, im currently reading the book, to me it seems that the whole idea of objectivism is that of a more noble person, they only care about their own as much as they would for others until certain points, those of which respect for your self would be violated, but again idk i like the book and it keeps me from doing "bad things" :)


message 14: by Ginger (new)

Ginger Thank you for your review. I am about 1/4 through the book, and finding it fascinating. I am not an "objectivist" but I would choose that over "collectivist." A person can have values and morals, compassion and altruism, yet not become a socialist. I believe that individualism with faith and with heart is what propels society to greatness.

I'm not seeing that yet in this story, and I don't know much about Rand, but I'm enjoying the read nonetheless. Can't wait to pick it up again and finish it.


message 15: by Rohith (new)

Rohith Jyothish I thought I was the only one who thought this way...Your review took the words right out of my mind... :)


message 16: by Rabeya (new)

Rabeya you said exactly what I felt about the book.


message 17: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Prewitt For all those weighing in on this, I recommend reading Nathanial Branden's Judgement Day. He is a psycho analyst and former lover of Rands'. He and Rand had an 18 year intellectual and physical affair with the "consent" of their respective spouses. That was a real life experiment in Objectivism. The best thing for me about reading Rand was that it lead me to Branden, who is a phenom in his own right. More than Rand, his writing has changed my life.


message 18: by Michael (new)

Michael I was going to review this, but you've basically wrote my sentiments for me. :)


message 19: by Jerryl (new)

Jerryl Ann Thank you. I couldn't agree with you more.


message 20: by Ana (new)

Ana Thank you. I agree with every word of your review. It is a remarkable book.


message 21: by Jim (new)

Jim Miss Rand was once (probably many times) asked about the "rape scene" in The Foountainhead. She replied that "you can't rape the willing".

So much for the tossed-off quote. Now, I'd like to say that the reviewer seems to understand the novel as Rand herself understood it - not as an extreme, heartless, way of living and thinking, but as a principled model for life, thought, and action. Nice job here.

BTW, you may enjoy a richly-drawn oral-biography of Rand - told through the voices of 100 folks who knew and met her - titled: "100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand".


message 22: by Brett (new)

Brett I get the whole creativity thing and individual rights versus societal control. There is much to think about here, but it could have been written much better and much shorter... maybe even a graphic novel.


message 23: by Brett (new)

Brett @Jim thanks for the "you can't rape the willing" comment, interesting to think about in a political context such as the State raping its citizens...


message 24: by Taylor (new)

Taylor Cool dude, thanks for the dickish comment about a review that I wrote 8 years ago on a site that's just for fun.


message 25: by Brett (new)

Brett Taylor wrote: "Cool dude, thanks for the dickish comment about a review that I wrote 8 years ago on a site that's just for fun."

hmm, not what the time stamp says at the top, no problem - I usually finish a book but this one is looking to be an exception. Have fun.


message 26: by Taylor (new)

Taylor The time stamp says "Read in 2007," which is when I wrote this review, aside from the top part that says 2011. The other time stamp will change even if you, say, add the book to a new shelf.

Maybe consider shit like that before you swoop in to leave a snarky comment that doesn't start a real conversation. There are lots of places online where you can leave short, jerky comments, but the nice thing about Goodreads is that most people here would rather have a real discussion about something than be rude. Would've been happy to have a convo on the ways my views on this book have shifted since I wrote this, or why I felt I had so much to say on it at the time, but you just wanted to be judgmental. Cool move.


message 27: by Dominique (new)

Dominique Bergman Thank you for writing this review and the addition. Cant wait to read it.


message 28: by Robert (new)

Robert Allen Thank you for taking the time to write this review.


message 29: by Robby (new)

Robby Recommended for: "Those who are ambitious and feel out of place in society due to their lack of regard for much of it"

There's no good reason to have much regard for society--it's just one organism of many. A jellyfish may be a highly-evolved creature but that doesn't make it admirable.

The movie is a masterpiece!


message 30: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Love this review, thoughtful and put into words what I've felt and thought for ages but could never vocalize!


message 31: by Fountainhead (new)

Fountainhead Your review almost matches my thoughts when I read this back in the college days. Thanks for sharing.


message 32: by Dajana (new)

Dajana Heremic The original review is very good, thank you!


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