“There are no evil thoughts except one: the refusal to think.”
— Francisco d’Anconia
In part two, the world’s greatest thinkers and producers give-up and then disappear. Wyatt sets all of his oil fields on fire so now there is a major oil shortage. Hammond disappears and he was the last producer of railroad cars for the industry. Dannager of Dannager Coal eventually closes shop. What is going on with these people?
A few thoughts:
- This book is blowing my mind!
- As Dagny struggles to hold the railroad together, she is the center of attention for many of the men in the story. A lot of drama in the relationship department. As another blogger said, “Pick a man, already!”
- The idea that these “thinkers” are being picked off by “destroyers” of humanity is an interesting thought.
- A very special cigarette, not of this world, makes an appearance. What is THAT about? Aliens? An alternate dimension?
- What is with the clock above the city? Only one character seems to see it and in each reference, it floats above the city. What?
Question to ponder:
There are two teams in this book. One team believes that whatever you do, should be for the good of the people. The other team believes that everything you do, should be done for yourself and only yourself. In the beginning, I sided with the do-gooders. But now, I am siding with the selfish folk. Can you think of an instance when being selfish is best?
The size of this book is not an issue for me. At 1200+ pages, I’ve had absolutely no trouble getting into the story and have in fact, read ahead of schedule. I have to make myself stop so that I don’t get too far ahead because this is a read-along, after all.
For those reading with me, what are your thoughts so far? Two of you are already done with it and I know a few of you just finished part one but overall, what are your thoughts about what you’ve read so far?
If you are curious about the comments going back and forth on Twitter, search on #AtlasRAL for some good entertainment.
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Next up, finish the book by August 15th. We are in the home stretch!