Thursday, October 2

"Who is John Galt?"

So yesterday I reviewed a movie, today I am going to review a book...and tomorrow I think I shall review new music. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Many moons ago, I was going through a particularly hard time in a certain living situation, feeling like I was the only one doing anything. In one long conversation with my parents, my dad suggested that I read the book Atlas Shrugged. I bought it the next day and after 100 pages, I kind of lost interest - I couldn't keep up with what they were talking about (something about a railroad? Someone making metal?) and there were too many characters to remember, so I put it back on the shelf, with the thought that I would eventually finish it...someday.

When my sisters and I traveled to Europe this summer, I decided that my "book" for the trip was going to be Atlas Shrugged. I started reading on the flight over, and continued reading throughout the entire trip (a lot of reading 'til the wee hours of the morning). Even though I read probably close to 500 pages during that week of traveling and sight-seeing, I was only halfway through the book (it's an 1000+ page novel). It took me all the way to the end of August to finish it (which, coincidentally, I finished it when I was on an airplane)...AND IT WAS AMAZING.


This book changed the way I view the world and myself. The story itself is very intriguing. And then you have Ayn Rand's philosophy of objectivism, which - take it or leave it - is worth pondering. The way my dad describes Atlas Shrugged is that it is "a socioeconomic treatise on what happens when the producers of the world remove themselves from society (ie: go on strike)." What would happen if Atlas, the Greek Titan who literally holds the world between his shoulders, decided to shrug?

It is an extremely powerful novel, and I highly recommend that everyone read it at least once during their lifetime. And after reading it, you too will be able to answer the question:

"WHO IS JOHN GALT?"

3 comments:

  1. I've read it Katie, and while I remember liking it, I don't remember it!

    I guess I need to go back and read it again, because I can't even answer the question!

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  2. You can't remember who John Galt is?! You definitely need to go back and read.... :)

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  3. Crazy, I am trying to read that right now! A popular book with my work. And I felt the same way you did, but you have motivated me to know I can get through it, hopefully... thanks Katie!

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