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The difference between this long-forgotten exercise in paranoia and other futuristic visions of a world controlled by the state, such as Aldous Huxley's or George Orwell's, is the extremist tone of Rand's story. The author lived in a black-and-white world in which things social or communal are evil and things individual and selfish are exalted. This "anthem" culminates in a hymn to the concepts of "I" and "ego," where the rebels are those who resist group action; the oppressors are government officials and others who attempt to provide a safety net for the less fortunate. The production is not improved by the theatricality of narrator Paul Meier, which is reminiscent of a ham Victorian actor intoning an overwrought melodrama. Not recommended.
Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
A must-read for Rush fans! Great book and the work upon which "2112" was loosely based. Not a difficult read but very thought provoking.Published 17 days ago by Adam LaBonte
It's not the worst thing ever written by any stretch of the imagination but Ayn Rand can't help making it suck, in the end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Seth Clifton
My first venture into Ayn Rand. I'm not going into a lengthy analysis of this little novel as enough people have done that. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scoe
A quick read with hefty symbolism. Get out your note taking gear.
The "sexual content" in my review is implied. Nothing more.