Who Is John Galt?

     I finished reading my 17th book of the year one evening last week.  Honestly?  I’m glad to have this lengthy book behind me. 
     When I first started reading  Atlas Shrugged,
by Ayn Rand, I was rather intimidated.  The book runs an incredible 1,069 pages and this version is printed in a small font.  However, I was spurred on by Dani who had read the book before me, and she was itching to discuss it with someone. 
     Atlas Shruged, written more than fifty years ago, is haunting in it’s close depiction of what is happening in America today:  industry crippled by government standards, the serious consideration of nationalizing banking, health care and other industries, and the vilification of the wealthy.  Ayn Rand’s tale is skillfully written and I found it hard to put this book down on more than one occasion, especially before learning the answer to the question, “Who is John Galt?”.  
     At the end of it all, though, I found the saddest fact to be that the characters, even the heroes, and the world portrayed in Atlas Shrugged were completely Godless and utterly lost.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book immensely, if “enjoyed” is the right word for a book so disturbingly reflective of current events. 
     Please be warned:  This book was written by a woman who misunderstood and shunned Christianity.  It contains profanity and adult content.

     Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand  (* * * * *) (Please note the above warning!)
     I’m happy to be able to now move on to something a bit more edifying!

     For a list of the books currently in my reading basket, as well as a list of the books I’ve completed this year (and links to reviews of those titles), please refer to my side bar.

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

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4 comments to Who Is John Galt?

  • Who is John Galt? … or rather, where is John Galt?

  • Hmm, I had heard of Ayn Rand when a home schooled friend of mine was,sadly, led away by some of her books. They do seem to be something within the academic culture I should read and be aware of while teaching my kiddos.

  • Atlas Shrugged is among my all time favorite books although I skimmed over the very long scenes where they are going into great detail about HOW they think life’s problems are to be solved.  I plan to read it again soon, perhaps in the autumn when I’m back into “serious” books.  This June through August is going to be my time of “thinking on all things lovely”.

    The guy who is now the head of the Ayn Rand Society is on the O”Reilly Factor once in awhile.  It is just like in the book where they see the same problems and challenges in society, even share many of the same ideas as Christians on how we got there, but the way they believe society can be improved goes against the Christian perspective.

    It’s that old Truth I see so often, “The best friend of the far Left is the far Right, they just don’t realize it”.

  • @sarah –   Ms. Rand has a very distorted view of Christianity, and that twisted viewpoint does come through in her writing.  It’s for that very reason that I would never recommend her books for any of our homeschool students.  You have seen first hand, through your friend, the damage that can be done.

    @BrendaKayN –  I was tempted to skim, but I didn’t.  I read each and every word of that 50 page radio speech, too.  Each.  and.  every.  one.  It took me days to read those 50 pages!!!    That was some hard reading!  

    “It’s that old Truth I see so often, “The best friend of the far Left is the far Right, they just don’t realize it”.”   Yep!  Kinda scary, huh?