green union terrace chair wrote:I want to read those just to have read them and be able to speak authoritatively on them, but man am I dissuaded from the way people talk about their difficulty. Even fans admit they are dry dry dry.
I forced myself to read all of Atlas Shrugged
once. It's not "difficult" in the sense that, say, Finnegan's Wake
is difficult. "Dry" also doesn't quite describe it, although "tedious" might. It has a strong romantic sensibility.
It's just about twenty times longer than it should be (literally -- no exaggeration).
Now, I like reading long books -- when there's a long-book's worth of material
. In the case of Atlas
, it's like you're being forced to wade through 1200 pages (think Jane Eyre
plus Wuthering Heights
plus Moby Dick
), to get a story that could have been edited down to about 60 pages ... or less, actually.
As a bonus, you get a lot of self-congratulatory libertarianism mixed in with the romanticism, too.