downing wrote: flcath wrote:
The Gentleman wrote:Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
A truly awful book. Do not read this.
What made you think that Atlas Shrugged is truly awful? Genuinely curious, as I've been thinking about adding it to my dystopian-future reading list.
I read Orwell's 1984 a few weeks ago. Quite amazing. About to finish Fahrenheit 451 - amazing so far. And Catch 22 is waiting to be read on my shelf.
lol. I'll assume this isn't a clever flame and give you my take on it. In any event, you won't have trouble finding various opinions on Ayn Rand around the internet. They are legion. Basically, Ayn Rand was an uncompromising woman, who professed an uncompromising philosophy that was quite polemical. As a result, the conversation around her is usually characterized by self-professed Ayn Rand zealots on the one hand (cock sure d-bags for the most part) and die hard haters on the other. Both have fair points to make, but there is certainly room for measured voices in the middle. If you do decide to give one of her books a go, then I would recommend reading The Fountainhead. It is shorter, starts off much quicker, and plays to her strengths--individual creativity/the individual vs society--more than Atlas Shrugged does. I've read both and liked both. If her philosophy interests you, then you might also look at the Virtue of Selfishness which is a collection of her shorter essays, but from what very little of it I have read, it struck me as rather weak.
If you like the dystopian genre, then you ought to pick up Brave New World by Aldous Huxley if you haven't already done so.