Atlas Shrugged

So, finally getting around to reading Atlas Shrugged. It\’s a novel, right, and novels are about human relationships?

So, this Dagny bird, who does she end up with? Francisco? Eddie? Hank? I realise there won\’t be any shagging as such, it being from the 50s, but I am right in assuming it proceeds like Jane Austen, yes, in that the major plot line is all about which one the \”strong, independent woman\” ends up boffing?

9 thoughts on “Atlas Shrugged”

  1. I won’t spoill the ending for you, but Jim’s right the boffing’s there and, if not quite as graphic as the readers’ letters in Big and Bouncy Monthy, still fairly strong for something written in the fifties.

  2. Wasn’t that rather the point? That it’s only loosely a novel because its primary role is to be a rather sketchy coathanger on which to hang the objectivist philosophy for display.

    My understanding was that the “boffing” was there to explain how objectivists objectively “boffed”.

  3. But Fransisco’s money speech is nonetheless a cracker. Not likely to endear you to anyone at a party [/spoiler] but a cracker nonetheless.

  4. “they are love scenes only an accountant would enjoy.”

    Quite – I think that was largely my allusion.

  5. It’s not a great read but it is a great novel. Ponderous, padded, badly paced. But with a great thudding impact of plain ol’ TRUTH thundering through. I adore Atlas Shrugged. Just, rather like Everest, because it’s there.

  6. I was talking to someone yesterday who quoted this proposition on leadership: ” In any group of people, however small or large, there are not many who are really good. So the task of leadership is to disperse these people through the organisation to get best results”

    Hence, the profound AS question: what happens if the relatively small number of clever successful people in any system decide that they are fed up of being leeched and insulted by everyone else and their ingratitude, and walk out?

    There are two stunning episodes in this book.

    The one where the train finally crashes as the wider system dies for lack of leadership and responsibility. Ayn Rand describes how so many of the doomed passengers had led small, parasitic lives, relying on and squandering the hard work and generosity of others.

    And the other is the Money Speech, one of the best passages on politics and ethics ever written.

    As for the nooky, in the sentence “I love you” the first word is “I”. Only when Dagny works that out does she get the long-awaited bonking she so richly (or not) deserves…

    Read The Fountainhead too first, if you can. Its analysis of the psychology of Stalinism is incomparable.

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