Warning: Those of you who haven't read this book yet will have no idea what I'm talking about below - I encourage you to read the book and think about which type of person you are.
I think Ayn Rand would laugh pretty hard if she read these reviews. No offense to those of you who did not enjoy this book, but in reading many of the reviews on this page, it seems to me that we have a few John Galts and many James Taggarts, right here on this webpage. That in itself proves that Rand is right about the people of the world - there really are two types (three if you separate the looters from the moochers), and there's no changing which one you are.
The people who love Ayn Rand's work are the ones that drive the world and who understand the loneliness of being a John Galt or a Howard Roarke in a world full of people who want to tear them down for having the audacity to take pride in work well done. I suspect the people who hate her work or say they "don't get it", hate it PRECISELY because they DON'T see those characters in themselves - instead, what they see in themselves is a Lillian Rearden, or a James Taggart - any or all of those other characters - and they despise Rand for rubbing their noses in it. How fabulous.
Even if you agree with it, Ayn Rand's books and philosophy won't change your life. But it might just validate the feelings you've had about the world but couldn't put into words. That's what her work did for me. And at it's very least, it's encouraging to know that there are others out there like us, however rare we are.
- A Dagny Taggart wannabe