I can sum up Atlas Shrugged in two words I’ve never used to describe a book before: magnificent and brilliant.
Yes, it’s that good.
At close to a thousand pages, there is no repetition of ideas, no useless page filling, and no thumbing quickly forward wondering when something is going to happen (do you read Stephen King at a skim, too, wondering when the words are going to stop and something is going to happen? I hate that).
And I didn’t want the story to come to an end.
I’m going to lift the book blurb from Amazon:
With this acclaimed work and its immortal query, “Who is John Galt?”, Ayn Rand found the perfect artistic form to express her vision of existence. Atlas Shrugged made Rand not only one of the most popular novelists of the century, but one of its most influential thinkers.
Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world–and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man’s body, but about the murder–and rebirth–of man’s spirit.
Atlas Shrugged is the “second most influential book for Americans today” after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club.
Why this book is not taught at college, I have no idea — it should be! No one should be allowed to vote having not read it, and no one should be allowed to become a politician without having read it, nor a maker of public policy. Frankly, every high schooler should read it just to make sure they are exposed to its ideas (which would never happen at college).
Make some time to read it. If your library does not have it, request it via interlibrary loan. You’ll be glad you did.
I’ll say it again: magnificent and brilliant.