Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Intros and Teasers - Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged'

Atlas ShruggedI'm getting ready to buy my copy of Ayn Rand's Ideal and in order to prepare I have decided to finally read Atlas Shrugged. I absolutely loved The Fountainhead but have always been intimidated by the sheer size of Atlas. But it's time and I'm using the lovely Tuesday memes to drag you along with me.

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators?
Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the world’s motor — and the motive power of every man? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the characters in this story. 
Tremendous in its scope, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life — from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy — to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction — to the philosopher who becomes a pirate — to the composer who gives up his career on the night of his triumph — to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad — to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels. 
Tuesday Intros is hosted by Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea and Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

'"Who is John Galt?"The light was ebbing, and Eddie Willers could not distinguish the bum's face. The bum had said it simply, without expression. But from the sunset far at the end of the street, yellow glints caught his eyes, and the eyes looked straight at Eddie Willers, mocking and still—as if the question had been addressed to the causeless uneasiness within him.' p.1
I love this opening. At this point you have no idea who John Galt is and why he would be relevant. Eddie Willers himself doesn't know either but I really like the description of the 'causeless uneasiness within him'. I think everyone has that feeling every once in a while and I love seeing feelings described accurately.

'An inexplicable kind of distaste, part fastidiousness, part boredom, stopped him whenever he tried to consider it.' p.31
I love how Rand plays with words, analyses feelings and describes them. Her characters aren't always likeable but quite often they are recognizable.

So, that's me. I really love the way that Rand writes, it's very honest. I am quite excited for Atlas Shrugged now, seeing what's coming up soon. Which book are you reading?


  1. I love the way feelings are described here, it's so unique and accurate. Hope you enjoy reading it!

  2. I've also had Atlas Shrugged on my list of books that I want to read, feel I should read, but I am still a bit intimidated by it. Enjoyed your intro and teaser.

    Here's my teaser for this week: http://justasecondblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/teaser-tuesdays-august-18-2015.html

  3. I've always been curious about this book. Perhaps I should satisfy that:)

    Here's my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/08/18/teaser-tuesdays-126-ghosts-among-men/

  4. I haven't heard of this book before. Thanks for introducing me!

    trish - my teaser

  5. I've read The Fountainhead but have never attempted this one. I hope you enjoy it. My teaser this week comes from Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews. Happy reading!

  6. Good luck with hefty book! OK, I'll confess. I've never read an Ayn Rand book. And not sure I will. However, maybe one day...

  7. I have a copy of this one from a friend collecting dust on the shelf. I absolutely want to read it, and will some day. Hope you enjoy it.

    At the moment, I'm into some lighter summer reading: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/08/first-chapter-first-paragraph-117.html

  8. I remember loving this book (and The Fountainhead), and read them both when I was young and not intimidated by a book's length, like I am now...LOL.

    As we get older, we think we have to read a certain number of books in a short time....but it's great to savor a book, like this one, full of ideas, and told in beautiful prose.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  9. I admit I am a bit intimidated by this book for its size and what I've heard about it. And yet it sounds like it will be a great book to read. I like the excerpts you've shared, the descriptive writing and the feelings that come across so well. I really will have to give this a try.

  10. I think I'd pass. It's probably a really good book, but I usually don't read this genre.

  11. I've not tried an Ayn Rand book, but I like this intro, so I'd keep reading!

  12. I've never read Rand, but it certainly sounds interesting.

  13. I read this one a few years ago and loved it! And, The Fountainhead as well...but possibly this one even more than The Fountainhead! Enjoy!

  14. Great teaser! I've never read this book, but I might have to put it on my Classic Reading List for next year. Cheers!

  15. Nice tease. I've got Atlas Shrugged coming up soon.

  16. Juli, I saw the group read with this one and decided it wasn't for me. I admire those of u who tackled it!