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Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by stuper1 » Tue May 12, 2020 1:20 pm

Is this a good book? I've read and heard mixed reviews. Please don't write any spoilers in your answers.

I started it a few days ago. The writing seems good to me, and I've enjoyed the read so far, but some of the plot points seem strained and unrealistic. It's a long book. I don't want to waste my time if it's not worth it.
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Re: Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by bedraggled » Tue May 12, 2020 1:57 pm

I read 30+ pages per night for over 30 night. Worth it. "Fountain Head" is ok. Gary Cooper did the movie.

I used the same approach to Shogun but the book wasn't for me. I guess I should appreciate Shogun more for its possibilities in historical fiction.

You might send a PM to I Shrugged.
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Re: Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by Kriegsspiel » Tue May 12, 2020 7:25 pm

Simonjester wrote: worth it..
personal review.
- its fiction -
- the philosophy is laid out in the story brilliantly-
- the philosophy is mostly very good-
- there is an element of girly romance novel in the treatment of powerful industrialist-
- there is an element of science fiction in the machinery and the magical valley that has everything-

i put it in the "must read" category of books.
It's worth reading.
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Re: Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by I Shrugged » Tue May 12, 2020 9:33 pm

It’s one of the most influential books of all time. Supposedly. :)
It’s never been out of print. And this is a great time to read it.

It changed my life, but I was ready for it. So be careful. ;)

As to the story, just remember it’s fiction. It’s philosophy in story form.
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Re: Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by Smith1776 » Tue May 12, 2020 9:59 pm

We have several copies of the book in the breakroom at work. It's free for employees to checkout. When things start getting closer to normal I ought to borrow a copy.

It's quite a tome, and seems like a fairly intimidating read.
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Re: Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by Ad Orientem » Tue May 12, 2020 10:30 pm

It's on my list for eventual reading, but fairly low. I probably should take the current opportunity and make attempt #4 at getting through War and Peace.
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Re: Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by drumminj » Tue May 12, 2020 10:32 pm

Another in the "recommended" and "good book" column. I've re-read it a number of times and have enjoyed it each time.
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Re: Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by stuper1 » Tue May 12, 2020 10:48 pm

Hey great, thanks for the feedback. I kind of figured that the negative things I had read were from people who I probably wouldn't agree with on most things.

I've already read about 5% of the book and have mostly enjoyed it. If it's like most longish classics I've read, it probably just gets better from here. I will keep going based on all of the positive comments from you guys. I just didn't want to waste my time if it wasn't worth it.
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Re: Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by bedraggled » Wed May 13, 2020 7:47 am

Would the Well-Read on this forum provide lists of must-read books? Actually, not really a question.

Let's assume we've all read Craig and Jim's book.

Having gone through Harry Browne, Jean Shepherd (The Christmas Story guy), Twain, Michener, Uris, Wouk, and Steinbeck, I need more.

Thanks.
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Re: Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by Mark Leavy » Wed May 13, 2020 7:58 am

Heinlein is right up there if you enjoy a dose of philosophy with your sci-fi.
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Re: Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by Kriegsspiel » Wed May 13, 2020 10:24 am

bedraggled wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 7:47 am
Would the Well-Read on this forum provide lists of must-read books? Actually, not really a question.

Let's assume we've all read Craig and Jim's book.

Having gone through Harry Browne, Jean Shepherd (The Christmas Story guy), Twain, Michener, Uris, Wouk, and Steinbeck, I need more.

Thanks.
Some recent book suggestions from the forumites are here
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Re: Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by bedraggled » Wed May 13, 2020 11:16 am

Thanks, Kriegs,

I'll continue on the Books? thread.

Thanks, for the suggestion, Mark.
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Re: Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by Mountaineer » Wed May 13, 2020 2:00 pm

Kriegsspiel wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 7:25 pm
It's worth reading.
Ditto. Good read. A novel with much to ponder. Enjoy!
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Re: Atlas Shrugged Book

Post by I Shrugged » Wed May 13, 2020 7:44 pm

There are points where the book drags on and it doesn’t seem like much happens. But push through.
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