I became a huge fan of Ayn Rand when I read The Fountain Head at the age of 20. Now after reading Atlas Shrugged, I am amazed. The way Ayn gave the details of the state of the industry, politics and people during that time left me speechless. I am totally in love with Dagny.. what a woman? The three other key characters Francisco, Hank and John Galt are wonderful men. The way they stood for what they believed in, made me believe in myself. I could not put the book down till the last page. I wanted to read it as fast as I could to know what my favorite character is upto and didn’t want the book to end, at the same time. This is a must read for every human being. The book has love, romance, courage, hatred, challenge, integrity, loathing, anger and hope
It is a great privilege to love, respect, live and work on one’s own terms. I wonder what Ayn Rand would’ve said if she had seen today’s world.
Hank’s character is the closest to my heart. Hank always wondered about his family members who professed to love him for some unknown reason but ignored all the things for which he could wish to be loved. There are plenty of young men and women who experience the conditional so-called love from family members and partners that chokes them leading to developing not even hatred but indifference.
It always is special to find a mind that we respect, an adversary worth matching.. just like Dagny found it in Hank. I totally agree with Dagny who dispises praise and adulation from men whom she doesn’t respect. I can feel what its like to feel the longing for someone you admire, for something, not to look down at, but up to.
By the time I reached the last page, I understood “No one’s happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy”.
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