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  •  OMG Brecht! (7+ / 0-)
    Atlas Shrugged has a seventy page speech of turgid, tendentious propaganda, which knocks the reader into a coma. I happen to think the book just sucks
    IIRC, it was ninety pages in the mm pb version I read in high school.

    That was the didactic 90 pages that convinced me that ALL writers need good editors (b/c clearly she wouldn't stand for having her precious prose touched by someone so merely prosaic as an editor who knows something about prose style, not to mention good writing) and that The Fountainhead -- a much better book -- must have had a devil of an editor to wrestle her prose into something better than she was capable of writing.

    And I was still in high school when I had that epiphany.

    Needless to say, I never read another word of hers. Clearly she was incapable of putting them together in a readable manner.

    In other news, yeah, I'm with you: I loved LOTR and read it a whole bunch of high school. Maybe college too, although I think by then I was reading too much for classes to read much else. So...haven't been close to the text in decades.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 11:33:04 PM PDT

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    •  Yes. 'The Fountainhead' was a far better book - it (3+ / 0-)
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      Ender, RiveroftheWest, Youffraita

      was kind of fun, mostly.

      As with Dan Brown, Ayn Rand's great success at selling poorly written books makes me wonder just what they have that does work. Maybe libertarians just like to identify with superheroes, and pretend that they're just like them, except for their tiny lives and minds.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 01:44:14 AM PDT

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