But if what you say IS true, and Rand is so needless, why are her novels compulsory reading in US schools (as it sounds like they are)? I'm not arguing your point (I've haven't read Rand yet), I'm just curious because I always hear COMPLETELY polar opinions on her.
'Anger's my meat; I sup upon myself,
And so shall starve with feeding.'
Volumnia in Coriolanus
I though Rand was only "compulsory" for Wall Street illiterates? Where do you get the impression that she is taught in school? Have things got that bad?
Kalooki Nightsby Howard Jacobson. Unlike Jacobson, I am not a Jew, but if I were I would mortally offended by it.
Personally, I rather enjoyed The Fountainhead. Then again, I read it at 18, when I was a great deal more (impressionable?). Atlas Shrugged I couldn't get into at all--way too pedantic. But I can at least appreciate the spirit of her work. The business owners I know thank their lucky stars they aren't operating in a communist/socialist regime. Writers, inventors, artists, successful business people, etc. should have the liberty to be nonconformist and hold personal standards/aspirations in their work. Still, spirit is where it ends with me, especially as I grow older. The consequences/practicalities of practicing Objectivism on any large scale would be disastrous--except for small businesses who can say FU to their entire client bases simply because they have 1 Gordon Gecko "in the bag." And don't even get me started on its application to love/relationships. Warped worse than spacetime.
Last edited by hawthorns; 04-03-2012 at 03:22 PM.
Saw thread title, immediately thought of Ayn Rand, clicked on it, now see I need not state the obvious.
I read a lot of Ayn Rand a long time ago, when I was a teenager, and though I was never a big fan like my sister, I thought the novels were quite OK. I was reading far worse books at the time like Mills and Boon romances and Sydney Sheldon.
The worst book I've ever read is The Cleft by Doris Lessing. I didn't quite make it to the end but read quite a bit of it for the 11 new books challenge. I've read New Moon by Stephanie Meyer and The Da Vinci code but this beats them all because obviously the only reason it was published is because Lessing was a nobel prize winning author, and not because of any literary or commercial merit whatsoever. This bit of mindless drivel does not have even the cheap popular appeal of the other two I mentioned.
Exit, pursued by a bear.
I refuse to read Ayn Rand... or well, maybe I should just so that I can broaden my tolerance.
I generally try not to read 'bad' books, so if I really dislike a book, I won't finish it.. but for some ungodly reason I read all of The Notebook, by the unbearably awful and cheese-infused Nicholas Sparks. It kills me that he makes so much money writing such crap....
"All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours." -Aldous Huxley
"Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires." -William Blake
I think Lessing's best book is The Four Gated City. It is the last book in herChildren of Violence series. It begins with the young heroine coming to England after the end of WW2. It much resembles Lessing's own experiences in post-War Britain.
Ulysses, by James Joyce.
The Da Vinci Code, obviously.
Although probably the worst written of all was this sub-Mills and Boon dirty romance I picked up off a market stall in India for about 30p. The writing was ridiculous, the sex hilarious. And if I remember rightly it just ended in the middle of a sentence.
Still, it had comedy value.
Other 'classics' I saw little merit in: Midnight's Children; The Great Gatsby; The Catcher in the Rye; A Thousand Years of Solitude; The English Patient.