Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

Atlas Shrugged 

''A desire to live does not give you the knowledge required for living.''

It’s not an easy book to read. And I’m not referring to the fact that it’s extremely long and heavy (physically). It is a difficult book that cannot be understood by everyone. Objectivism is a basic selfish philosophy, but a functional egoism that does not nuce to the next.

It is the opposite of socialism, and it elevates personal well-being and one’s own desires above any individual. There are several characters in the book. Heroes, if they can be defined in this way, seem almost like replicants without any emotion that is not generated by monopoly and capitalism, they are scary, even if in the long run they prove to be the most logical and rational beings. Enemies are the so-called "friends of men". Individuals who, behind the charity and the common good, hide a wolf’s face ready to feed on resources in order to move forward with their utopian plans. Rand is an American writer of Russian origin, born and raised in a place where the individual was not important but the community.

Her novel notes the presence of communism as a major form of oppression. Emblematic is the scene in which the leaders order one of the enemies to become their dictator, just because this had the solution to their problems. There would be much to say about this novel, which is not for everyone. I think it can be appreciated and well understood only by those who approach the philosophy of Rand. I also understand that today’s ideals cannot function on a large scale, and the book should not be taken as a manual, but as a reflection on the society, we live in today. Because, leaving aside the mythical utopias of paradise valleys, the starting point of history is very current.

 

Rating system: 4.1 out of 5 bracelets