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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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Dec 16, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction
Read in March, 1965

I recently pulled out a ledger listing books I read in high school. I'm adding reviews here of the few that I clearly remember after 45 or more years. The others have been books I really liked or hated. This one is both. I could give it one star or five. I read Atlas Shrugged at 16 on the recommendation of a girl friend without any knowledge of the politics. I loved the story. It has been a long time, but I remember it as a wonderful roller coaster ride I could not put down. (I admit I skipped through John Galt's speech which I found totally boring.) I think I viewed Atlas Shrugged as a sort of science fiction, finally one with a female lead I could easily identify with. A few months later, a new boyfriend pointed out the political nature of the book which I'd simply missed. (Well, at 16 my political views were not fully formed, but I did care about trying to make the world fair for the underdog--not a goal of Ms Rand.)I had no idea that it was part of promoting a political philosophy that I did not agree with. Learning a little more was like finding out that enjoying a book about pirates commits you to being a pirate.

I decided to go with 2 stars since it was 5 star book for just 4 months and has been 1 or 2 for the last 46 years......
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