This book is interesting in light of Rand's other writings and to illuminate her historical perspective. She said herself that this book was as close to an auotbiography as she would get, an autobiography in emotion and philosophy not in exact circumstances. Rand grew up in communist Russia, and the world that she creates for you in this book is as vivid and painful as it must have been for her. The plot can be slow in spots, and you may find yourslef wanting to scream at her main character at times. All in all this is a valuable reading experience if you are looking for more insight to Rand, or communist Russia, or just another good book from this masterful writer.