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The Fountainhead

Just finished The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand on the train ride home today. I must say, I was impressed. Now having read both Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, I think I would say that I liked Fountainhead more. It might be that my ideas of society and the economy are pretty different from Rand’s, but I wouldn’t say I’m the complete opposite. But I felt that the ideas in Fountainhead were much more palatable to me than some of the more radical views in Atlas Shrugged. I also think I liked the characters better, like I liked Howard Roark and Dominique Francon better than John Galt and Dagny Taggart.

Anyway it might not seem like much but I’m proud to have read them both and feel like I learned a lot from them. Now I’m going to read a few shorter novels/novellas to kind of… wind down.

Atlas Shrugged

Now that I’ve graduated, I feel like I can take on giants such as Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. I wanted to be able to devote my full attention to them, so that’s why these are the first two books I’m reading this summer. It’s going pretty well actually. I’m about a quarter of the way into Atlas Shrugged, just finished Part I.

I’m really impressed with Rand, but I have to admit that I really can’t feel anything for the characters. I’ve talked it over with my fiancĂ©, who loves Rand, and we’ve concluded that Rand just doesn’t write personable characters. And I have to be honest, she’s pretty preachy at times too.

But I’m trucking along, and while it’s not really “enjoyable” per se, it’s definitely enlightening and a great read.