Monday, August 30, 2010


Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Light Bulbs

This book is pretty much like a package of dynamite. It packs a huge punch in a tiny little package. It boasts only 105 pages but it is powerful and gives a great insight into the beginnings of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism.

Rand uses color to show contrast and I think that is fantastic. The sky which, in just one page, goes from purple to green to vibrant blue, shows more life and character than the society in which Equality 7-2521 (the main character) lives. Rand ties this in nicely, later on, when Equality has left his society and the world around him shows just as much life and beauty as the sky has.

My favorite chapter is when Equality finally starts using "I" instead of "We" when talking about himself. The whole book feels oppressive because of this constant barrage of "We did this" and "We said this." And that's exactly what it's meant to do. I seriously gave a huge sigh of relief when, finally, Equality discovered the word "I."

This truly is a beautiful story and it is a quick read, so I would suggest it to anyone who wants to learn more about Ayn Rand but doesn't want to tackle her behemoth books like The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged. One of these days I will read those but, for now, I feel great having been able to finish this one.

By the way, another great author who writes using the Objectivism philosophy is Terry Goodkind. His Sword of Truth series is outstanding.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 light bulbs!

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