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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.

Review: Atlas Shrugged Audiobook

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com

"Who is John Galt?" is the immortal question posed at the beginning of Ayn Rand's masterpiece. The answer is the astonishing story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world and did. As passionate as it is profound, ATLAS SHRUGGED is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elmo Ensio - Goodreads

I liked the book and I really wanted it to be the best book I have ever read but it's not that good. It could've been, though. The plot is interesting and it is easy to see the world the author is ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Bessy - Goodreads

Many, many stars!!!!!!!!!! Read full review

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User Review  - Christy Luis - Goodreads

Premise: The world is falling apart around Dagny Taggert and Hank Reardon as they struggle to save their beloved industries from their strangely powerful, pervasive enemies. But who, exactly, is their ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robbie Rittman - Goodreads

I want to make this review much shorter than the book itself - and that shouldn't be very difficult. With this book I think I had a good idea of what Rand was going for by page 300, so that made that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hanna - Goodreads

Not only does this book make you think (hard) but it also has such fantastic character development that not only are you invested in the political aspect of it but also the personal aspect of the characters lives. I also loved how all of the protagonists all have flaws but capitalize on them. Read full review

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User Review  - Fierce - Goodreads

I'm not going to go into great detail on this review. All I can say is if anyone buys into the garbage Any Rand was spewing in this novel all that is left for you is to drink bleach. Read full review

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User Review  - Kay - Goodreads

I love this book. If you've never read any of Rand's works I would suggest starting with something smaller, like Anthem. if you enjoy that I would definitely recommend reading this!! I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I could NOT put this book down. Easily my favourite of her stories. Read full review

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All reviews - 1957
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