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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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Not sure I can respect someone listing Aristotle as their number one influence.

Pg. 506: Finally found a quotable moment: "If we teach a man that it's evil to look at spring flowers and he believes us and then does it - we'll be able to do whatever we please with him."

Pg. 500: Just spent about twenty-five pages wondering why I'm still trying to get through this book. I get that politicians, corporations, conservationists and anyone else who has a hand in the pot can make brain numbingly stupid economic or environmental decisions, and I get how religion can completely muddle up progress. With that understanding, the jabs that Ms. Rand is taking and the long winded speeches she's giving her heroes, I get it. I think it is the actual writing that I find increasingly annoying.

Pg. 352: Writing engaging, plot slow at times but good, all characters despicable. Not sure why but it reminds me of The Great Gatsby. It has been a very long time since I've read Gatsby so I'll have to refresh myself and see what the connection, if any, might be. Did not expect the rough sex. Not unpleasant just surprising. Knowing what I now do about Rand, it fits. Have not decided if it enhances or detracts from the story.

10/25/12: [Obama:] Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we'd pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we're only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we're considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that's a pretty narrow vision. It's not one that, I think, describes what's best in America. Unfortunately, it does seem as if sometimes that vision of a "you're on your own" society has consumed a big chunk of the Republican Party.
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RK-ique I read a great deal of Ayn Rand when I was 18. I quickly moved on however and am constantly surprised that she continues to sell so well. Her message seems somewhat out of step with our reality. As for the "rough sex", I didn't appreciated it some 45 years ago when I read it. I thought, even then, as an 18 year old male that it detracted fromthe story.


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Denise I thought there might be some overall point between Dagny's relationship preferences and how she runs a business. I picked the book up at the library to see what the hubbub is about. Not impressed thus far.


RK-ique Denise wrote: "I thought there might be some overall point between Dagny's relationship preferences and how she runs a business. I picked the book up at the library to see what the hubbub is about. Not impressed ..."

I'll wait for your final review. Thanks Denise


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