Robert James Bidinotto wrote, "Rand rejected the literary convention that depth and plausibility demand characters who are naturalistic replicas of the kinds of people we meet in everyday life, uttering everyday dialogue and pursuing everyday values. But she also rejected the notion that characters should be symbolic rather than realistic. My characters are persons in whom certain human attributes are focused more sharply and consistently than in average human beings".
The name is derived from two poems: The novel is a dystopian novel, with a bit of science fiction. It is the third-person narrative of Dagny Taggart, a railroad executive, and her fight against an increasingly interfering Marxist government.
It is set in America, but the time setting is more complicated; Rand never sets the year. The novel was published in Technology in the novel, and a few other contextual clues would indicate early s, but the world geo-political situation is drastically different from and would have required decades to account for the change.
I think Rand intentionally avoided going too far into the future, to avoid the perils of predicting technology advances she could not imagine, while presuming a different world political history prior tosufficient to account for the political changes. What an amazing, poignant, and riveting story.
I think every American ought to read it. She is the daughter of the late Nate Taggart, a railroad tycoon from the American industrial revolution. Dagny is operating vice president of Taggart Transcontinental, while her older brother, James Jim Taggart, is the company president.
Jim is a tool of government officials; Dagny really runs things. The greatest industrialists of the day are continuously and increasingly frustrated by absurd government interference and the passage of such things as: There are a number of such industrialists, from various sectors of the economy, but two in particular are important to this story: And then there is John Galt.
Who is John Galt? My version of the book is nearly pages and I feel any attempt to synopsize would be miserably inadequate.
First some jargon spouted by party elite, most often stated as unassailable truth: At a time of desperate steel shortage, we cannot afford to permit the expansion of a steel company which produces too much, because it might throw out of business the companies which produce too little… …noble historical precept: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
And the deeper they get into trouble, the less they want to think. But by some sort of instinct, they feel that they ought to and it makes them feel guilty. Sacrifice is the cement which unites human bricks in the great edifice of society."Atlas Shrugged" is a huge sprawling dystopian novel that combines economics, science fiction, philosophy, and intrique.
It is the fourth and final novel of Ayn Rand. The novel is written in a modern popular style and is mostly highly readable/5(39). Leo Walsh "Anthem" is at least half-way decent pulp science fiction novel.
It is derivative of many distopias, notably "We" by Zamyatin, A review so ambitious, After reading The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand in , my life has been changed for the better/5(K).
The Cliffs Notes on Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" provides chapter summaries (there are about 30 chapters in the novel), as well as commentaries which enables the reader to compare his/her thoughts on the novel in terms of character analysis, themes explored, and other pertinent aspects of the novel/5.
This being the case, turning to Atlas Shrugged because you don't like the way things are going is the equivalent of diving for the centre of the fire because the frying pan got too hot. Topics Books.
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This being the case, turning to Atlas Shrugged because you don't like the way things are going is the equivalent of diving for the centre of the fire because the frying pan got too hot.
Atlas Shrugged. On this page: Background Summary Contents Related Links Reviews, Criticism and Analysis On related pages: Frequently Asked Questions Chronology of Events in the Story Background. Atlas Shrugged is Rand's magnum opus. It is her last, longest, most philosophically detailed, and in the opinion of many, best novel.