BOOKS: CURRENTLY READING And/Or RECOMMENDED Mar 21, 2008 14:27:48 GMT -5
Post by bluepride on Mar 21, 2008 14:27:48 GMT -5
It took me three months to get through Atlas but it was worth it. I agree with burner that it's one of the best books I've ever read. I won't say it changed my life, but it definitely steered me in directions I haven't traveled before. I'll read it again at some point but I have a lot of other books waiting to be read at this point. Not to open an old wound but while I was reading, I couldn't help (as much as I tried not to...) thinking about the scumbags on the board of GOAL NY. I equated them with the looters and moochers who were destroying everything in their path. I found myself identifying with the main characters in many ways, such as sticking by my beliefs, ambitions and goals in spite of people who would try to use me for their own ends. As the friend of mine who lent me the book says, (about me...) I AM John Galt. About the highest compliment I can think of.
There are plans for a movie version of Atlas Shrugged and Angelina Jolie is slated to play Dagny. This movie should've been made in the 40's or 50's, using some of the great actors we had back then. My fear is that the cast includes some of the less talented pretty boys who currently infect our movie screens. It would be hard for anyone to do this book justice but I'm hoping someone can execute it well. The Fountainhead is another book of Ayn Rand's which I'm planning on reading soon. The movie is great. It was made in 1949 and is currently scheduled to be shown on Turner Movie Classics on May 7th. I wish I had started reading Ayn Rand earlier in my life but I'm doing it now and I'm becoming a follower/fan/devotee. Even though it seems like I thought like her (in some ways) already.
Howard Rourk's speech from The Fountainhead: