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5.0 out of 5 stars An epic of style and substance, 27 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Atlas Shrugged (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Atlas Shrugged is quite simply an awe-inspiring book, literally as well as in terms of content. As previously mentioned, it's a veritable behemoth, weighing in at 1180 pages.

However, much like War and Peace, its size stops being as issue the second you get involved with the book. The plot is incredibly detailed, often to extremes - 50 pages of various men discussing social sanctions is quite usual - but it never becomes dull because of the combination of incredible characterisation and genuinely refreshing philosophy.

Obviously Ayn Rand's philosophies are not 'new' as in 'brand new', but they are a largely under-read and under-valued capitalist philosophies which are of genuine interest. The fact that they are delivered through at least four of the most finely detailed and realised characters ever committed to paper - Dagny Taggart, Hank Rearden, Francisco D'Anconica and 'John Galt' - makes this novel hard to put down.

Part social commentary, part science fiction, part mystery, part romance, part philosophy - and the sheer bulk of the novel's content draws it all together superbly.

So much of it is fresh and engaging, and genuinely thought-provoking, that this is a novel which must surely go down as one of the all-time classics, not only for this generation, but for all time. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Get through the first few segments, get used to the fact that you're reading mostly about the construction of railroads, and a gem of a novel awaits.
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