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Saturday, December 12, 2009


It has taken almost an entire year for me to listen to the compete, unabridged audio book of ATLAS SHRUGGED. There are 50 CDs for this exceptionally long book and finishing it became a challenge. The only reason I continued was to say that I did finish it.

The persons depicted as Liberals in this book by Ayn Rand, are the most despicable of the despicable. The persons portrayed as Conservatives are the most despicable of the despicable. The ordinary humans simply wanting to get by in the world are barely mentioned at all in the huge fray of demented politics and varying beliefs of who should triumph and why.

Supposedly Hollywood is going to make a movie of ATLAS SHRUGGED. My first inclination is how could they but then I realized something. Hollywood does have plenty of villains.

Ayn Rand's writing is like turning on the commentators on FOX, CNN or MSNBC. If we're not careful we're going to find ourselves in the dark while all the greedy of both political parties run off and leave us. Hum, maybe that would not be such a bad idea. Wow, I got something out of the book after all.

By the way this book was written in 1957 and the arguments are the same arguments we're having today.


  1. Well, good for you! I remember reading that in college, but I am sure it was abridged, You get an A for effort!

  2. Reading/listening to a book that long --- you deserve an award!!

    It's sad what politics have become. Downright disheartening.

  3. I reade eons ago and liked it. I liked all her books. And it was already a movie back in the day.

  4. I loved Atlas Shrugged, and have always been amazed and impressed by how accurately Ayn Rand portrayed the economic/political crises that were to unfold 20, 30 and 40 years after it was published. She was prescient.

    She really saw the world as it was to become in its worst aspects -- and also what good stood for.

    Merry Christams to you, Granny :)

  5. It makes you wonder if anything ever change, to a certain extent! I loved the title of your post, btw. I have never read anything by Ayn Rand.

  6. I read it in college and for me it was a struggle. Maybe I should re-read it now that my brain is working a little better.

  7. Kenju -- The book is about 2000 pages long and tiny print. It would have taken me more than a year to read it.

    Rachel -- I agree. When I shut off that last CD I expected to see a marching band and ticker tape parade through my living room celebrating "The End".

    Kay Dennison -- It surprises me that you liked this book and others of Rands. She is definitely ultra conservative.

    Loving Annie -- I don't think Rand has accurately predicted our futures but she certainly spins a tale that should make us shudder at the direction we sound like we are going today. Yea, there were parts that I liked and Rand was a prodigy writer but I'm also pretty sure she was a bit CRAZY! Merry Christmas to you too. What wonderful place are you going next?

    Riot Kitty -- Rand's language is probably too tame for you. LOL

    Tabor -- If it was a struggle in college then I don't recommend you pick it up today.

    Friends, correct me if I'm wrong but the entire story seemed to be about worshiping the almighty dollar with greed on the part of the doers and greed on the part of the benefactors and no meeting for the twain. The needy consumers were simply left out in the cold with no commodities, no utilities, no friendships or fellowship and nobody gave a damn.

  8. Well done Annie for tenacity.
    Best wishes,