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The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged

Old 12-04-2019, 04:39 PM
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Recently I reread "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. So good I almost immediately reread it, but a friend wanted to borrow it. So I jumped into rereading "Atlas Shrugged." Only half way through but my god what timely and relevant books. If you haven't read either, do so. If you have, a reread may be in order. What a mind Ayn Rand had, foreseeing so much of the political crap we have going on today.

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Those are Ayn's two greatest works.

For anyone who has not read them, please understand that Ayn was brilliant and she knew it. As is common with that type, she added in her own lectures in the books which sometimes lasted for several pages. Feel free to read the first paragraph and the skip the next 12 or so.

Yes, by the end of the book, you will wanna shout who is John Galt?

The answer is, most of us. That is NOT a spoiler.

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I listened to both on Audible (I spend way too much time in the car). Both worth the time investment to read them.
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I read both while I was in high school. They are one of the things I point to as an major turning point in my life. Totally changed my attitude towards people, business and life in general. So much that I gave one to all my kids and even my GF's kids. Two of them actually read it cover to cover and came to the same conclusions I did.
if you haven't read it, you are missing out.
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As is common with that type, she added in her own lectures in the books which sometimes lasted for several pages. Feel free to read the first paragraph and the skip the next 12 or so.==>Rapi
Don't do this! Francisco's "money"speech, and John Galt's speech (both in Atlas Shrugged), are the whole point of the book. Yes, Rand's vision of the "cultural" future is amazingly accurate - in 1957, she absolutely nails the social and political culture of today. But these are philosophy books disguised as novels, and if you skip the speeches, you miss the point of her writing.
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hmmm, enjoyed Shrugged years ago but am not sure I want to read Fountain Head. I have had a copy for years.
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Fountain Head is on every aspiring architect's curriculum. Just my 5 cents worth !
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I re-read Atlas Shrugged every 5 yrs or so. It gets better and better.
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Originally Posted by Rapi View Post
For anyone who has not read them, please understand that Ayn was brilliant and she knew it. As is common with that type, she added in her own lectures in the books which sometimes lasted for several pages. Feel free to read the first paragraph and the skip the next 12 or so.
This. I found myself skipping past or at least speed reading through a few of the rants toward the end, including Francisco's. Yes, it was the point of the book, but how many times do you need to hear the same point over and over again?
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Tried to read Fountainhead but I’m at the age where I shouldn’t start any long books. 90 pages is about my limit with plenty of pictures. Sex and violence .😊
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It really is amazing how accurately she predicts the future.
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Old 12-05-2019, 04:31 AM
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I enjoyed both books but you may have missed the point of them when you "lent" out the books to a buddy. Make him get his own copy!! If he doesn't return the books then you'll obviously have to drop him from your buddy list as he will have learned nothing!
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Originally Posted by Vitamin_Sea View Post
This. I found myself skipping past or at least speed reading through a few of the rants toward the end, including Francisco's. Yes, it was the point of the book, but how many times do you need to hear the same point over and over again?
Haven't read the books, but making the same point over and over again is becoming very popular among those on the airwaves these days. Doesn't make the point any more correct.

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I read Atlas Shrugged, it was an excellent book. I started Fountainhead a couple of times but couldn't get into it. Maybe I will dig it out and try again.
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I tried to read one or the other at one point and just was bored to death and put it down after a few chapters. that was when I was 16 or so...maybe I should try again.
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I can't get into reading....the only book I read was Rambo...when I saw the movie it was as if the my visual as I read the book went in the screen...mist scenes... especially when the man with the dogs chasing thru the woods....

I need try reading again......what do you get out if it??
Similar entertainment like a movie??
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
I can't get into reading....the only book I read was Rambo...when I saw the movie it was as if the my visual as I read the book went in the screen...mist scenes... especially when the man with the dogs chasing thru the woods....

I need try reading again......what do you get out if it??
Similar entertainment like a movie??
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Atlas Shrugged is one of my favorite books. Especially when read soon after reading George Orwell's "Animal Farm." Technology advances but the human condition and man's inhumanity to man remains constant. I think it is best summed up that we all deserve an equal chance, but we don't have a right to equal results. "Who is John Galt"
If you want a quick read to familiarize yourself with Ayn Rand try "Anthem". Short easy book that sums up rational self interest and the dangers of collectivism in an interesting sci fi type story. One of my favorite quotes from Anthem,"What is my joy if all hands, even the unclean, can reach into it? What is my wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me? What is my freedom, if all creatures, even the botched and impotent, are my masters? What is my life, if I am but to bow, to agree and to obey?"

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I've read Atlas Shrugged multiple times since my late teens, long steams at 6 knots gives you copious amounts of free time. If nothing else, it opened my eyes to the predispositions of governments and society. Francisco's speech has been in my signature for more than a few years, shocking that it was written more than 50 years ago
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I there an order in which the books should be read ?
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