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  • Paperback: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Updated edition (1 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141188936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141188935
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
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A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly. ("The New York Times") --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex.

Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life-from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy...to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction...to the philosopher who becomes a pirate...to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad...to the lowest track worker in her train tunnels.

Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Over 1100 pages of smallish print in this book. So if you're not prepared for a long haul, give this a miss. The story is mildly intersesting but infantile in parts - a sprawling tale on which the author pushes her philosophy on the reader.The characters though are very well drawn and make you want to continue reading just to see how things end for them.
What lets this book down are the dreadfully long preachy passages where some of the characters drone on about the nobleness of their creed. The author's philosophy may well be meritorious (a kind of early Thatcherism, espousing capitalism and entrepeneurship as the vehicles of social progress rather than socialism) but there's just too much of it in the tale.The reader will get the message early on and doesn't need the point hammering home so often, making the characters sound like right smug smart-arses. The worst episode comes after about 1000 pages when one of the central characters - John Galt - hijacks a national broadcast and proceeds to bore the pants off the reader with nearly sixty pages of dense, pretentious twaddle. It's impossible to believe an audience would listen to such a lecture and still be tuned in for its full length. It's the most boring passage I've ever read in a novel. Logarithm books are easier reads than these 50+ pages. Such a shame.
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After growing up in Soviet Union, then being seduced by Orthodox Christianity, then living in a small sleepy British town for several years, watching the "third sector" on a rampage among people who gave up on living, this is a breath of fresh air. The book gives you the strength, the rational moral ground to say NO to all those who dream of dragging you into servitude for their causes. It give a blueprint for active, productive, happy, creative, independent life. It helps to resist mysticism and irrationality often presented by others as "good" and "must". It is not an easy reading, it requires thinking. It advocates for life where thinking comes first, before vague emotions and undefined intuition, and that is a good life, which will benefit each one and all of us. Live as if your life depends on it! It really does.
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There are very uplifting passages in this book and plenty of food for thought. I bought this to replace my old paperback that has passed its best.
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Happy with the purchase - promptly delivered. Thanks.
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I don't know how it took me so many years to discover this but such a great read.
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I love how fast the delivery was and I love this book too, everyone should read it
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This was a hard piece of work, over a 1000 pages. The story keeps it going, but it was hard work in a couple of places. As a political, or philosophical work it has its place, I can see why it might be a darling of some on the right in America, and the characters do draw you in, but I do wonder whether she needs all those pages to say so much. An Orwell or Hemmingway could have said so much more in a 100 pages. I will read more of her work having read this, but I know I will have to concentrate to make the most of it.
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Rand's view of the world is uncompromising, some might say unforgiving. The book is childish in its way: the line between good and evil does not run through the heart of every man as Solzhenitsyn would have us believe. No, it runs between the politics of capitalism and collectivism. There is no middle ground possible. "A is A", as John Galt would say. Happily, this unadulterated philosophy and the mystery story act as perfect vehicles for each other, making for a satisfying read that showcases Rand's powerful convictions.
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