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Posted by carollconnelly 2 months ago to The Gulch: Introductions
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I'm very happy to have landed in the Gulch...
from Southern Maryland.
I was first introduced to Ayn Rand in 1996. My son, in the 11th grade, was given the assignment of reading Anthem and writing a paper on the book. He struggled with writing. When I read his paper, it made NO sense. I then read the book, discussed it with him, and he rewrote the paper. My three oldest grandchildren were not assigned this book.
I guess it was considered too controversial twenty years later. Much later I came across an article about Atlas Shrugged. I read that book and loved it! My husband and I saw the movies (he doesn't read books). I was afraid he wouldn't get it, but he did. I recently reread Anthem...not sure what, but something made me think about it. I am looking forward to viewing the videos. I recommend Atlas Shrugged as a great book to read. Unfortunately, I have only had one person follow up. My niece listened to it on audio while commuting to work. She loved it too. I guess the 1500+ pages are too daunting for some. Their loss.


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  • Posted by  $  mshupe 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Welcome to the Gulch Carroll! The Ayn Rand Institute has worked hard to get books like Anthem in the hands of high school students.
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  • Posted by awebb 2 months ago
    Welcome to the Gulch, Carol!

    Assigned reading was also how I was introduced to Ayn Rand.

    I changed schools right before my junior year, and when I went to the school to register they said that Atlas Shrugged was the required summer reading for my AP English class. That would have been fine but at that point there wasn't much summer left. Anyway, for the next 2 weeks I was immersed in Atlas Shrugged, and it changed my life.

    Again, welcome to the Gulch.
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  • Posted by Lucky 2 months ago
    Welcome carollconnelly.
    Your comment about the movie reminds me of my experience with it.
    The drama was tense and the screenplay convincing. I had doubts as to how a person new to the story would react, would they get a notion of what Rand is saying? Your comment on that is encouraging.
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  • Posted by EgoPriest 2 months ago
    Welcome Ms. Connelly,

    If you click on a members name, you can see their recent posts or comments and choose which posts are worth your time, which speaks to your interests: your strengths or weaknesses.

    I look forward to conversing with you if my interests interest you. There's an admirable graphic video of Anthem on Youtube your husband might like (it's far better, imo, than the Atlas films).

    I hope your niece had the Scott Brick narrated Atlas Shrugged, the Christopher Hurt is also all wrong, too "brisk," no "edge," in my view. I judge Scott Brick a more ideal reader than the young man who Ayn Rand once described as her ideal reader (before he utterly betrayed her, but I digress).

    So again, welcome to the "Gulch" . . . now where did we put that Atlantean Revolution (it must be around here someplace).

    -Jae
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