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Atlas Shrugged …

This is to inform all you people who doubted me – I finally finished Atlas Shrugged!

Woohoo !!!

Okay, I shamelessly took 2 years and 2 attempts (the first time I gave up mid way at the John Galt speech) to finish it, but I finally did it last week and just wanted to pat my back a bit for the achievement …

Honestly, Atlas Shrugged is not a page turner per se …

It requires a good amount of dedicated reading and a lot of effort to get through some pages sometimes.

But saying that, its an awesome, awesome book – and a definite read if you had read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and liked it.

I am not going to do a book review here (because I am pretty sure I’ll suck at it) but if you have sometime to spare and want to get into the entire philosophical reading mode (without reading absolutely boring theoretical stuff), I suggest this book would be a good read.

The scope of the book is quite far fetched and exaggerated – and yet you wish such things could happen. You wish one person could stand up and stop the functioning of the world.

The name comes from the question about Atlas.

Atlas is shown carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders … What would happen to the world if he shrugged?

One of the most powerful lines from the book and my favourite (which is kinda clich̩d) is by John Galt Рthe main protagonist of the book. It goes like this:



“I swear—by my life and my love of it—that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

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Who is John Galt ? (Atlas Shrugged)

The Fountainhead was a pretty good book …
I was at Crosswords, the other day, and happened to notice that they had ‘Atlas Shrugged’ in stock for 275.
Didn’t think twice … bought it …
“Atlas Shrugged” is also by Ayn Rand and is another of her best seller …
This is the 35th year, the book is in production …
From the time I had finished the Fountainhead, I had been trying to get my hands on this book, and here it was … finally …
The book, may be pretty intimidating to many … its about 1100 pages, with a very small text…
I haven’t read the entire thing, just started today … read about 100 pages and thought of writing about the book.
The book, reads a lot like the Fountainhead, and reflects Ayn Rand’s style of writing …
She stresses a lot on emotions … and the character build up …
Unlike Fountainhead, this has a lot more characters and the story is quite interesting from the starting pages…
The manner in which she describes, each and every thought, emotion … her manner of writing … is simply superb …
Just 100 pages into the book, and she’s mapped out all the characters perfectly … and with every other page, the detail gets more clearer …
The book, like the Fountainhead, is based on her philosophies of life – namely Objectism … Or the virtues of selfishness …
The characters, are again, portrayed very strongly, and you can’t help but feel attached to some, and hate the others …
The book, is not a page turner … as per se …
Its no a mystery book … and sometimes, it gets slow … but at the same time, is very intense …
I’ve thought about it a lot, and I don’t think a movie might ever be possible on either of the books … the character portrayal will be just too impossible …
Anyways, if you have read and loved the Fountainhead … I think you’ll enjoy this book too …
Am already doing so …
More, after I have finished reading 🙂

The Famous Five Series – Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton … the name is very common amongst any 5th to 8th standard students … atleast it was in my school.
Enid Blyton has written tonnes of Children’s books … the Famous Five beingone of them.
I have read quite a few of them when I was in my Middle School and even do so every now and then when I feel like.
The famous five series has 5 characters – 2 boys and 2 girls and one dog. The series does not have much of mystery, but it has quite a lot of adventure.
This series of books has higher English than that of the Secret Seven, so it is recommended for 6th to 7th graders …
The most beautiful part of these books is the amazing locales that Enid Blyton manages to paint … its truly amazing … Every time I want to visit Europe, I grab one of these books from the book shelf and I am there.
The language used is not to childish … nor too difficult … it is just right.
The misty mornings, the green pastures, the warm October Sun, 4 kids and a dog on green hill top and that crisp winter breeze … enjoying their picnic … with cakes and sandwiches … and ginger beer …
If these descriptions get you mentally hugging yourself, and you get transported to that far away place that you have never been or never will be … but always wanted to be, grab a famous five … you won’t regret the couple of hours reading the book …
Go cuddle up on the couch on a wet, rainy day … and get transported …