5 Jul

Some books are just not meant to be read.

I have had Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand in my own personal library since 1992. The volume I own is the 35th Anniversary Edition of the original 1957 magnum opus. I have yet to read this book. Perhaps the reason lies in it’s sprawling 1168 intimidating pages, or perhaps it’s just the cover that has off-put me these many years (judging a book by it’s cover is never a good idea, as I’ve learned over the years). Notwithstanding that fact, the simple truth of the matter is that I probably will never read it, along with War and Peace, which has also been gathering dust on my shelf since 1963.

Before writing this philosophical novel, the author meticulously kept a voluminous journal outlining the plot, characters, observations, etc., for her own clarification. The working title for Atlas Shrugged was The Strike, and the earliest journal for this particular book is dated 1945. Twelve years before it’s publication.

Still considered by most of her contemporaries as radical, ill-tempered and egotistical, Ayn Rand (1905–1982) who coined the phrase *Objectivism, hits to the heart of what is going on in today‘s political arena within the pages of Atlas Shrugged, and while perhaps an otherwise engaging novel, this book is not even close to being in my TBR pile ………. Hey, I’m just sayin’.

* human knowledge and values are not created by the thoughts one has, but are determined by the nature of reality, to be discovered by one’s mind.


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