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Aditya Bidikar

You're right. When I first some of these books (and I've only read some of them), they struck me as harmless (I'm 19). But then I read up on them, and reached a similar, but far more half-baked, conclusion. On a side-note, all the Ayn Rand fans I've met have been doggedly boring and exrtemely overconfident of themselves. Just thought I'd mention it.

PS: Perhaps you might like to do a '10 Most Underrated' list. It will probably be rather hard to do, but one definite nominee would be Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan. I was reminded by your mention of The Lord of the Rings.

Robin Yeatman

Well I must be one of those doggedly boring and extremely overconfident "Randian" thinking people - because I actually enjoyed reading "The Fountainhead". Thought it was interesting and original, which is all I could ever hope for if I become a published author. I think being inspired to think, whether you agree with it or not, is the whole point of reading. Is a book considered to be good literature only if you 'agree' with it?


I can't stand Rand. Objectivism is basically Nietzscheanism with any possible redeeming qualities removed and then watered down for mass marketing. I've encountered my share of objectivists and they certainly don't make me too interesting in reading Atlas Shrugged.


I wonder if John Dos Passos's other "experimental" novel, "Manhattan Transfer" would face the same criticisms from this blogger as did "USA."

Omer Bahri Gordebak

Hey, it seems that you get spam on your blog. Maybe you have to turn the comment management on. Those last two comments are apparently spam.

Omer Bahri Gordebak

Sorry, the last one I mean.

Crawford Kilian

Thanks for spotting it, Omer. I don't know how that one got past me. But it's gone now.

Rob Gordon

I read Atlas Shrugged, and aside from just being a poorly written novel, it seemed to do little more than espouse the "greed is good" mantram from cover to cover. In fact I found myself wondering if I could take Rand seriously -- was she actually writing a parody of those who believe that any oversight or regulation of corporate America is destructive and to be equated with socialism? Rand used the novel as a continuous rant against any form of pesky government interference with the profit motive as the highest ideal. Her lengthy message: if the government would just step aside and let corporations rape and pillage without any constraints, then the world be a better place. I found it to be a long-winded and boring infomercial for her ultra-libertarian objectivist ideology, posing as literature. But I did finish it. I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy.

Roger A.McShea

Ayn Rand is a very good writer of fiction but her philosophy stinks. It is now genuinely disregarded and her forum, if you can call it that, is on life support. Yet she tells an interesting story. Look at her as a novelist, not a philosopher.

Dennis Myers

This is an odd post, but I am trying to locate Roger McShea, a graduate of Camp Hill High School, to ask him for a submission to www.camphillstories.com. I am hoping he might see this.
-- Dennis Myers

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