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InvisibleRebelSteve33
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Ayn Rand
    #1112029 - 12/05/02 01:17 AM (14 years, 9 days ago)

Has anyone else here read any of her work?  I was recently introduced to her, and I love the way she writes.  Her novels are masterpieces in my opinion!

So far I have read Anthem and The Fountainhead.  The former is a short but compelling poetic story dealing with the human ego.  The latter is a bit longer novel also dealing with ego, but with loads of other philosophical/ethical issues and very in-depth character development. 

Both were excellent and well worth reading.  The thing I like most about them is that they have actually made me question my own beliefs regarding the ego.  Previously, the term 'ego' has always brought about a negative connotation in my mind.  Since reading Rand's books, however, I'm not so sure.

She looks at the ego from a point of view that I have never even thought about before.  And she certainly knows how to make her point in writing.

If you haven't read any of her work before, give it a try!  I'd recommend starting with Anthem.
If you have read some of Rand's work, what do you think?!  :smile: 


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Re: Ayn Rand [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1113436 - 12/05/02 12:59 PM (14 years, 8 days ago)

If you liked Anthem and The Fountainhead, run (don't walk) to the library and check out Atlas Shrugged.

It's a book that will make you THINK. Ayn Rand always considered The Fountainhead as merely a "warmup" for Atlas Shrugged, and in fact never wrote another work of fiction after finishing Atlas Shrugged. After its publication she directed her writing effort exclusively to philosophical essays, many of them dealing with ethics and political theory, although her book on epistemology (Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology) was a masterpiece.

You can find more commentary on her at this thread:

Fountainhead thread

pinky


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Re: Ayn Rand [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1115957 - 12/06/02 01:43 AM (14 years, 8 days ago)

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Re: Ayn Rand [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1116747 - 12/06/02 12:06 PM (14 years, 7 days ago)

The only fiction of hers that I've read all the way through was Anthem. Her writing style in the other works didn't appeal to me. However, I've read just about every piece of her non-fiction that I could get my hands on and greatly admire her work.


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Re: Ayn Rand [Re: ]
    #1118149 - 12/06/02 07:39 PM (14 years, 7 days ago)

I was thinking of checking out Ayn Rand sometime. Which book should I
start with? By the way, how's the Dostoyevksy reading coming Mr_Mushrooms?

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    #1118728 - 12/07/02 12:15 AM (14 years, 7 days ago)

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Re: Ayn Rand [Re: ]
    #1123744 - 12/09/02 03:06 AM (14 years, 5 days ago)

I bought a copy of Atlas Shrugged a couple weeks ago, and I've been waiting for an opportunity to read it. Two weeks of Christmas vacation is coming up, so I guess this is my opportunity.

It's absolutely huge! It has to be the biggest book I've ever seen! How the hell am I going to read the monster?

But the better question really is Atlas Shrugged worth the enormously time consuming effort of reading such a large book?


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Re: Ayn Rand [Re: Gunboat]
    #1123821 - 12/09/02 03:43 AM (14 years, 5 days ago)

But the better question really is Atlas Shrugged worth the enormously time consuming effort of reading such a large book?

Definitely.


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    #1124207 - 12/09/02 09:54 AM (14 years, 4 days ago)

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    #1124818 - 12/09/02 02:20 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

Read it together?

That sounds really intriguing... please elaborate :smile:


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    #1125077 - 12/09/02 03:49 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

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    #1125137 - 12/09/02 04:03 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

I'd like that very much, actually!

When can we start? I was thinking maybe around the beginning of the Christmas break, when we'd all have enough time to relax and really read. Hopefully we can get some other folks to join us too.


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    #1125152 - 12/09/02 04:10 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

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Re: Ayn Rand [Re: ]
    #1126051 - 12/09/02 08:31 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

This discussion thing sounds like a great idea, and Christmas Break will be the perfect time for me to start reading this book. I don't know if I can limit myself to one chapter a week at all, but I would still love to participate in the discussions when they happen.

Someone PM me and let me know when this shin-dig is gonna go down!

-RebelSteve


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    #1126468 - 12/09/02 10:19 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

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Re: Ayn Rand [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1126814 - 12/09/02 11:30 PM (14 years, 4 days ago)

required reading.


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Re: Ayn Rand [Re: ]
    #1130134 - 12/10/02 09:43 PM (14 years, 3 days ago)

It's been a few years since I last re-read it... count me in.

I have an old paperback version. I suspect we all will have different printings, so page number references will get a bit tricky.

I envy those of you who will be reading it for the first time. I still get a kick out of re-reading it, but I sure remember the thrill of the first time I read it. "FINALLY! Someone who thinks like me!"

Besides all the philosophical stuff, however, I found it to be a pretty good mystery. "Just who the hell is this John Galt, anyway?"

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    #1132270 - 12/11/02 12:18 PM (14 years, 2 days ago)

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    #1152604 - 12/18/02 06:29 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

So when do we get this show on the road? Are we in "Christmas Break" yet?

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