Atlas Shrugged

February 12, 2011 by Post Team 

Atlas Shrugged, Atlas Shrugged is a novel by Ayn Rand, published in 1957 in the United States. Fourth and final novel Rand, he was also the longest of her, and whom she regarded as her magnum opus in the field of fiction writing. The book explores a dystopian United States, where the leading innovators, ranging from industrial to artists refuse to be exploited by society. The protagonist, Dagny Taggart, sees the collapse of society around them that the government says more and more control over the entire industry, while the most productive citizens of society, led by the mysterious John Galt disappear gradually. Galt described the strike as “the engine to stop the world” by the withdrawal of the “spirit” that the company’s growth and drive productivity. In their efforts, these “men of spirit” hope to demonstrate that a world in which the individual is not free to create conviction, that civilization can not exist where men are slaves to the society and government, and that the destruction of the profit motive leads to the collapse of society.

The novel’s title is a reference to the Atlas, a Titan in Greek mythology, which in the novel is described as “the giant who holds the weight of the world on his shoulders.” The meaning of this reference is seen in conversation between the characters of Francisco Anconia and Hank Rearden in which to request Anconia Rearden this kind of advice he would give the Atlas seeing that “the greatest [Titan] the effort of the world’s heaviest carried on his shoulders. ” Unable to meet with Rearden, Francisco gives his own answer: “To raise”.

Atlas Shrugged contains elements of mystery and science fiction, and it contains the most extensive statement of Objectivism Rand in any of her works of fiction by a long monologue delivered by the leader of the strike, John Galt.

The theme of Atlas Shrugged, as Rand describes, is “the role of the human mind in existence.” The book explores a number of philosophical themes that Rand would subsequently develop into the philosophy of objectivism. He advocates the basic principles of Rand’s philosophy of objectivism and expresses his concept of human achievement. In doing so, he expresses many aspects of Rand’s philosophy, such as advocacy of reason, individualism, market economics and the failure of state coercion.

Atlas Shrugged has received largely negative reviews after publication of 1957, but reached its enduring popularity and consistent sales in the following decades. In the wake of the recession in late 2000, sales of Atlas Shrugged have risen sharply, according to The Economist magazine and The New York Times. The Economist reported that the novel ranked # 33 among ‘s best-selling books January 13, 2009.

Over the years, Atlas Shrugged has attracted a strong fan base and engaged. Each year, the Ayn Rand Institute gives high school students with 400,000 copies of works of Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, including. According to a 1991 survey done for the Library of Congress and the Book Club’s month, Atlas Shrugged is located between the Bible and M. Scott Peck The Road Less Traveled that the book makes the most difference in the lives of 5,000 Book – de-la-club members survey month, with “a large gap between the book # 1 and the rest of the list.” Modern Library, 1998 online unscientific poll of the 100 best novels of the 20th century found Atlas ranked No. 1 even if it was not on the list chosen by the Modern Library board of authors and researchers. Robert Teeter, which compiles many Great Books lists, recommends the release of the commission, “… because readers vote has been overwhelmed by sectarian. ”
At one point, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron and many others in the list A have been in talks to star in big screen adaptation of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”.

John Aglialoro, who paid 1 million for rights to book seventeen years ago, failed to get the project off the ground. Accordingly, he set up his own money and decided to split the book into four low-budget films. Today we have the trailer for the first part, which is set for a limited theatrical release on April 15. Check it out below.

Land: Dagny Taggart (Taylor Schilling) struggles to fulfill the legacy of her great-grandfather as she heads a conglomerate of railroad family with the triple threat of government corruption, international t*rror*sm and a force mysterious silence the great thinkers of the day. [via wiipedia and various sources]

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