My friend gave me a loan of the complete Ayn Rand. I didn't really ask for them and not only am I hostile to American culture in general, but I already know from what I've read about her that it's not my cup of tea (I'm a reactionary).
Generally, I would have made more progress, but I'm halfway through the second chapter of The Fountainhead and it's like pulling teeth. The guy who is supposed to be the hero, I guess, seems to have the same internal drive as someone in a Camus or Turganev. It's too early for me to say, but it just seems to be the same sort of existentialist tripe I would have enjoyed as a teenager. Also, this paragon of rightness seems to be designing gommieblocs?
The characters are perfect beyond any human degree and the writing is so stilted, it's actually a chore to read
So, does it get better?
Does her writing improve in subsequent works?
Should I just kill myself now so that I don't feel compelled to read the rest?
Half way through the second chapter and having difficlties? Either keep plugging on or give up, nobody is here to hold your hand.
And and judge a book as a whole, not just a chapter and a half.
>So, does it get better?
your assessment is the same conclusions that I drew, too. I read further, hoping it would redeem itself, but it never did. I got about 3/4 thru before ditching it.
She believed in individualism and the free market as a solution for all the problems in the world, completely against the ideals of Corporatism and Volkgemeinschaft. I read half of Atlas Shrugged, and guess what it reminded me of? Soviet socialist realism. It is the same worship of a class, and belief in "progress" as the only source of happiness.
I can't muster the will to make a proper reponse to another Rand thread, but trust me, she's an idiot in every sense of the word.
You can read this if you'd like a proper explanation:
If you truly stop reading a book because of opinions in a thread about it then you should remove yourself from the genepool you weak minded child.
Heck, ive never given up on a book, even if it becomes a "hate read." Like how I hate read Stranger In A Strange Land and it actually turned arou towards the end and got good.