- Hörkassette: 8 Seiten
- Verlag: Highbridge Audio; Auflage: Abridged (1. Dezember 1995)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1565111273
- ISBN-13: 978-1565111271
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,5 x 6,9 x 16,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 553 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.267.760 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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ATLAS SHRUGGED (Highbridge Classics) (Englisch) Hörkassette – Gekürzte Ausgabe, Audiobook
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A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly. ("The New York Times") -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Published in 1957, "Atlas Shrugged" was Ayn Rand's greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel, she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex. Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life - from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction to the philosopher who becomes a pirate to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad to the lowest track worker in her train tunnels. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Grade deswegen empfehle ich aber eine Gebundene Ausgabe - oder eine Taschenbuchvariante mit größerer Schrift.
Nach den 1000 Seiten auf dieser Schriftgröße mit sehr dünnem und damit fast durchdruckendem Seitenpapier habe ich jetzt bestimmt eine ganze sehstärke weniger (gefühlt). Inhaltlich allerdings so wertvoll, dass es mir das wert ist.
Sehr schwarz Weiß und an einigen Stellen sich wiederholend. Die Denkweise und das absolut gegen den (auch vor allem aktuellen) Gedankenmainstream gehende Konzept macht es aber spannend - und lässt einen mal über einen noch unbekannten Tellerrand schauen.
Selten hat mic hein Buch in meinem alltäglichen denken so beeinflusst. Insofern definitiv lesenswert.
Das Buch ist immens lang und mit einer unglaublich kleinen Schrift gedruckt - zudem auf durchscheinendem Papier. Echte Genies bei der Arbeit! Das macht das komplette Buch UNBRAUCHBAR. DAS BUCH BITTE NUR ALS KINDLE BESTELLEN, NIEMALS ALS DRUCK. Ich habe noch keine brauchbare Druckversion gesehen, deshalb FINGER WEG, sonst verschwendet ihre eure Zeit mit zurücksenden.
There is no need to go into detail when it comes to plot and protagonists (wikipedia provides enough information about these) - but some remarks cannnot be withheld:
re: the characters. The "good guys" are: well-shaped, smart, motivated, creative (a bit one-dimensional, I'd reckon) - all kinds of "Übermensch" - in fact, it seems that the author has read too much of Nietzsche. Very inventive, indeed: the antagonist Robin Hood who robs the poor and gives the rich.
re: the embedded love-stories - remarkably progressive, yes, revolutionary (and not only for the era it was written in)! A female makes her way through: love with feel-no-guilt-sex-before-marriage, then: adultery (and *teaching* a nerd how-to), including publicly admitting it ... finally finds the-love-she-had-always-been-looking-for (though not rich, yet - but, who cares, SHE already is). Plus: all 3 competitors still manage to be in good terms!
re: the plot (the pillars of society are on strike) - could be summarized in 5% of the pages needed (including an abstract of the philosophy/ideology); on the other hand: it contains many brilliant descriptions of the consequences of ignorance, mismanagement, demotivation, incompetence - which should ring a bell with everyone who has ever been confronted with (a mix of) these. The last 200 pages are the weakest: some estimated 90% redundancy in Galt's speech; then: too much of *action* (and I couldn't get over the suspicion that the author lost motivation towards the end, or was it just too much pressure from the editor?).
re: the *ideology* - it is not overly subtle, and probably doesn't need to be. The credo of the *geniuses*, that they do not want to live at the cost of anybody nor should anybody live at theirs, is definitely a goal one should strive for (at least for the first part). My advice: It is more rewarding to read the book as a kind-of-kafkaesque science fiction. To depict altruism as a mislead interpretation of some ridiculous post-Aristotle-philosophers is inventive at best. And readers who fancy all this, should be ready to live in a world where:
- to be either a genius or subordinate to a genius (otherwise you are a looter!). Well understood: the genius doesn't give a damn about those who don't make this choice - be they: sick, handicapped, too old, too young ... .
- the homo oeconomicus is everywhere (even in private relationships). In a way: the author seemed to have her own doubts - she kind-of-excluded *true love* from it (dumped an aristocrat and a steel tycoon for a (comparativly) modest super-brain
What Laissez-Faire Capitalism could mean (especially when it starts from scratch after a system collapsed - as described in the book) can be observed in several eastern European states since 1990. For (western-)European readers who had (and still have) to carry the consequences of privatization of e.g. their national railway systems, it appears ludicrous to read about the consequences of the contrary. Then: in "Atlas shrugged" protagonists drive on roads which are presumably not owned by private corporations - raising the unanswered question, who would construct these roads on whose behalf, if there was not such deadly thing like an income tax. Also, as far as art is concerned: those who reckon, that private beats public (re: quality, creativity etc) should have a close look at the media landscape in e.g. Italy or Germany before and after *liberalization*. On the other hand: the author cannot be blamed for this, as she couldn't know - but knew well the consequences of collectivism in the Soviet Union (a country, which, unlike tsarist Russia, allowed her - as a female - to go to University).
I do not want to speculate about the toxic potential of the book. Could be anything between healthy and unhealthy egoism, motivation to do one's own stuff, or some radicalism (kind of Una-Bomber or McVeigh).
Personal conclusion: very interesting read, food for thought and gives some idea about why-americans-are-so-obsessed about anything which is not a private business.
The rating is not easy: 5 stars for Rand's ability to keep me reading till the end - without boring me (ok, apart from Galt's Radio speech - but that's just 5% of the book). 4 stars for the progressive love story (deducted 1 star for the sometimes kitschy description of feelings). 2 stars for the ideology as a whole; good 3 stars for the characters (the *bad guys* are described much better than the *good guys*). Overall: 3 - and do not want to take sides (neither the fans' nor their opponents).
I am writing this however, to comment on the reviews written by other readers (and I know that this may be a breach of protocol here - bear with me). People either love this book or they hate it. People either agree with Ayn Rand or they disagree with her... and strongly. There is little middle ground. Her work has provoked a lot of thinking and conversing between these two camps of intelligent people. However, whether or not one agrees with her seems to matter not in this case. Simply that she has made people think about their lives and their beliefs to me is the most important hallmark of her work. She (I believe) would have been more interested in the amount of thought and discussion that she has provoked, than in the number of people who end up buying in to her philosophy. To stimulate such a great number of people to think so much about things of this importance is an incredible achievement don't you think?
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