October 7, 2009

Ayn Rand

After two attempts and almost six months, I'm finally done with the second of Ayn Rand's gems. The first I read was Fountainhead (I have read it twice over the last 5 years) and the one I completed now is Atlas Shrugged. The time it took to complete reading the book is primarily because it's a 1000+ pages epic. Moreover, it is not an easy read. The language & the flow is not smooth and so one has to apply himself a lot while reading. I have enjoyed both the books thoroughly and I am a huge fan of the principles she projects in her books, that of Objectivism. The two pivot characters in the two books, Howard Roark and John Galt, inspire me atleast a wee bit every time I think through the books.

I know of many who cringe at Rand's philosophies and the vagueness/irrelevance of the characters she draws up. To each their own!

8 comments:

Aimless Wanderer said...

Indeed sir..I hv read a lot abt these books, sumtimes even thought of buying them but cudnt dare seeing massive size, which reminded me my Final ka modules...(so much to read already.).. mebe next time...lets c..(:

U No Hoo said...

:) Once a CA, you could choose to read all this and more.

Diviya said...

Ayn Rand??? why, oh why?

i will do it said...

I have read fountainhead after you recommended in class. It was good novel but sorry to say not that great. I have understand what she is trying to say. But she made the novel with characteres which are not possible in real life or her view is not possible in practical life. Yes every body should what he/she likes to do but cutting yourself from social life is not what i believe correct. BTW i know you dont me. So i just felt commenting bcoz i love read novels and i just finish 2 state and i find it really entertaining

U No Hoo said...

Well, that's precisely why I love reading her thoughts. And Chetan Bhagat, well :) does he write novels? He is the Karan Johar among authors I guess.

Trishala said...

I felt the 'oh my god' reaction of yours to fountainhead in my hand must be an over-statement but after having read the book entirely, I believe it was an under-statement :)

U No Hoo said...

@Trishala: Well, it is not for everyone surely.

Trishala said...

and I second that!