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Challenges you like no other book......
on 2 October 2014
This is a Marmite book, you will either be cheering on John Galt, Dagny Taggart and Henry Reardon - or you will not. This is a story set in the dystopian future that pits the world's inventors, entrepreneurs and free thinkers against those that seek to thwart them by misappropriating their invention, ideas and wealth. These people are labelled as 'looters' - invariably, this is Big Government seeking to take the proceeds from their success and subjugate them for the 'greater good'.
When people begin to mysteriously disappear, government concern turns to panic as John Galt's fanciful prophesy looks like it is going to come true.
It is a lengthy read, longer than War and Peace and it weaves a story from many strands beautifully to its inevitable conclusion. Rand's characters are consistent, her command of the English language is fantastic, it is precision writing that flows very well.
Personally, I enjoyed the book immensely, it was written at a time when Hayek's Road to Serfdom and Orwell's vision of the future were vivid in the minds of the public as was Europe's embrace of socialism and the USSR's menace was becoming increasingly apparent.
It is a book of its time but remarkably prescient in the backdrop of socialised losses in the wake of the 2007-8 banking crisis and subsequent global recession.
Regardless of politics, this book will challenge your view of yourself and those around you, either to reject it or perhaps see things in a different way. Very few works of fiction have that power and that makes this book one of the best works of the 20th century.