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ATLAS SHRUGGED

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

One finds oneself virtually under an indefinable compulsion to keep reading once caught in the mesh of sheer story telling as Ayn Rand weaves the strands of her fantasy. With one part of reason, one tries to reject the grim horror of the portrait she draws of the final bastion of the once free world falling into a new sort of Dark Ages. The sins of the power magnates are taking their toll. In ... Read full review

Review: Atlas shrugged

Editorial Review - Kirkus Reviews

One finds oneself virtually under an indefinable compulsion to keep reading once caught in the mesh of sheer story telling as Ayn Rand weaves the strands of her fantasy. With one part of reason, one tries to reject the grim horror of the portrait she draws of the final bastion of the once free world falling into a new sort of Dark Ages. The sins of the power magnates are taking their toll. In terror over the threat to their security contained in the ruthless drive of a few leaders of industry, they sell out their initiative, their imagination, their creative powers, their right to independence of thought and action to government, in exchange for imagined security of regulation and strangulation. The thinkers, the creators, the doers, the free spirits fade out of the picture; those who remain label them deserters and traitors. But a few of them, under the leadership of the freest spirits, lay the groundwork for a new social order. Their philosophy has much that will shock the conventional; their oath -- ""...I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine"" -- seems to contain a negation of the code of humanity. There seems a warped sort of approach to a materialistic touchstone. The insistence on the godlike quality of the leader is never quite carried out in the characterization. In fact, for this reader, most of the characters are unconvincing, overdrawn to represent symbols rather than people. This- for me- was true of The Fountainhead some 14 years ago. Then, too, the machinery of the story was compelling, fascinating; the philosophic content had something faintly phoney; the characters were two dimensional.... Atlas Shrugged holds a terrifying immediacy, if one can envision today's prosperity holding the seeds of tomorrow's decadence. Except in the isolated cases of unrealized potentials of invention, she has tapped few of the now-evident clues to our immediate mechanical future. One finds it difficult to gauge the time span here. The market? Curiosity will be high pressured by the promotion and publicity:- an unheard of advance to the author; a tremendous advertising appropriation; a spirited bidding for subsidiary rights; a predicted advance sale of 60,000 copies out of an initial 75,000 printing... The sheer size of the book -- about 1150 pages -- is a magnet for an astounding number of readers.... The story is a challenging one; the manner of the telling holds reader interest, despite the unnecessary length; there's enough of sex to provide its mead of shockers; and there is the odd allure of fantasy, a sort of science fiction appeal. And one can count, too, on a goodly number who will discuss the social philosophy with heated arguments, pro and con -- plus the intellectual snob appeal of those who like to feel they've plumbed a new code of ethics. It is not a book that leaves one unscathed.

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User Review  - Mark - Target

I have the 25th Anniversary Edition w/ the cover depicted in the photo. It is an over-sized paperback w/ large pages and easy to read text. I knew the $8.99 price sounded too good to be true, but took ... Read full review

Review: Atlas Shrugged

User Review  - Liliya - Goodreads

Wonderful thought-provoking work, that succeeds to apply philosophical concepts to real life examples. It is challenging to read, but rewarding when you come to the end. Ayn Rand goes further, than most of utopian thinkers by engaging the reader through interesting plot and character work. Read full review

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User Review  - Chelsea Courtois - Goodreads

I find this novel incredibly powerful. Yes, it could have been edited. This book inspired me to do a research paper on feminism and individualism. It was worth it. Read full review

Review: Atlas Shrugged Part A: New Edition (Atlas Shrugged #1)

User Review  - Tie - Goodreads

One of my first audiobooks, and an extremely enjoyable one. Read full review

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User Review  - Callie Gold - Goodreads

As a teenager I was so impressed by this book, and then I grew up, and realized it was nothing but an attept to brainwash me... Read full review

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User Review  - Mila - Goodreads

Many advised it. I was reading it the whole night just like at school. Till the time when the road was built. Can't make myself read further - too much of romance novel for me. And the alloy is not real. No historical traits and I don't think that iron and copper are so good together. Read full review

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Wow Ayn. I get it and your upbringing's influence etc but there's more to life than objectivism... and some heavy editing is in order. Read full review

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User Review  - David Hedley - Goodreads

My memories are hazy now, compartmentalized and fleeting. Certain aspects of the narrative have stuck with me all these years later. I often refer to the concept of intellectual capital posited in the ... Read full review

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