It was interesting, a bit dated perhaps. The references to an affair as being something hugely damaging to a women (one of the big themes) isn’t so relevant today as it might have been when the book was written in the 1950’s. So, if you allow for that bit of poetic license it all fit together.
It was a good read – I’d recommend it for the purpose of reading it, but didn’t really believe the story line. Maybe it was just a tad too polarized for me, you were either on the Robin Hood side (the evil side in the book – total redistribution of wealth) or the business side – profit good, charity bad. As with everything in life, the answer probably lies not at either end point but somewhere in the middle. But maybe that is why it makes a good (if not long) read – it makes you think.
I did like the characters for the most part and could identify people in real life I’d associate each of them with. I feel confident that if you read this – you’ll associate most of the individual characters in the book with someone you know or some public personality you feel you know.
Who is John Galt indeed. I think I liked his character least of all. He is portrayed as the hero – but I thought he was a bit weak. He was the first to quit society and convince others to join him over the course of many years. I couldn’t help but think “what if they all stayed and tried to work for change instead of running away”.
It would be a good book to discuss but it is hard to sum up in short. In the end, the “good” guys win of course – but I didn’t like their approach. It did make the female character stand out as the one with the strongest character though – being the only one to really stick in there with the rest of society until the very end.