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The Girl Who Owned a City Paperback – February 1, 1995
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I won't go into details on the philosophy and all that; other reviewers already have and besides, I just (still) like the book for the story. But I do have to say - find and read an older edition if at ALL possible! The "new" (1995) paperback is like a condensed version - the language is much simpler, shorter sentences, less moments of thoughtfully-worded consideration... paragraphs are shortened and sentences omitted entirely! The new version basically stinks in writing style, but the original (1977) really isn't that stilted at all. Why did the publishers go and do this? Doesn't make any sense to me. Today's kids aren't that much dumber than they were 20 years ago, that they need a version written for someone four grades lower!
Many years later, I had to do a paper for an American Studies class in college about an archetypal "American" story, and pulled out my old copy of "The Girl Who Owned a City," and it was only then that I realized that the author was an advocate of Ayn Rand's philosophy. As an adult reading the book, I noticed the political ideology of the author much more. As a child, I thought it was a great story with a moral that was very inspirational to me at the time -- that girls can be leaders and have a creative impact on society.
I give this book five stars, because, whether or not the book contains a political message, it is a great story for kids. After all, how many books today emphasize the fundamental premise that you must work for what is important in life--and not just expect success to be handed to you on a silver platter?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book hopefully there is a sequel although I'm very concerned about what happens when they reach the age of thirteenPublished 9 days ago by ARIEL
This is the book that got me into that whole post-apocalyptic type storyline. It is a great story with a girl heroin who you can't help but root for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson is a fantasy novel. It is full of action, adventure, survival, and an end of the world setting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Waverly's Best Students
Read when I was younger and it stuck with me all these years. Still an interesting concept, and I know it was directed towards a lot younger children than me, a grown up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marla P.
I read this book as a kid in middle school, at roughly the right age to be moved by this story. It's quite good, but you can read other reviews online for this. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amber Marie Lane
This book is a great leason to everyone everywhere. It shows that you shouldn't be afriaid to take it by storm.Published 7 months ago by JWG