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Posted on 2010.22.03 at 14:36

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ginamariewade at 2010-03-22 19:06 (UTC) ()
FWIW, I read "The Fountainhead" when I was in high school. It was the most accessible of Ayn Rand's novels. I also read "Atlas Shrugged."

You know what? She wasn't a very good writer. Those two books were just too turgid and so full of her philosophy that it got in the way of the story, and the story was marginal, at best. The only thing she wrote that was even halfway interesting was "We The Living,' which is either autobiographical or semi-autobiographical, and had to do with her family's escape from the Soviet Union into Finland. After reading that, I came away with more understanding of why she was such a rabid capitalist and why she was so vociferous about individual freedoms and so forth. I still think she was wrong wrong wrong about just about everything, but her point of view made a lot more sense. And hey, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
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primroseburrows at 2010-03-22 19:14 (UTC) ()
I've been trying to read it because I figure, how can I argue objectivism without reading Rand (and sure, I could have become a total convert, but um, not very likely *g*)? It's just that, yeah, she kind of sucks as a writer.

I should look at "We the Living", though. I loves me some living history.
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