..edited by Robert Mayhew.
Why am I reading so much fiction these days? (See my recent blogs.) In order to take a breather from THIS scholarly tome. It’s not that I’m suffocating. It’s that such in-depth analysis of a such a meticulously hewn, crafted, carved, and sculpted literary work as Atlas Shrugged takes my breath away. I read some of this nearly every day but I have to come up for air. (I’ve read the first essay chapter-by-chapter theme discussion twice so far.)
I’ve read the 1,000 page Shrugged twice, and listened to the 51 hour audiobook, superbly spoken, once. As I read “Essays” I’m convinced I still have not remotely grasped the breadth and depth of the book.
I guess even in college I never studied analyses of literature that approached the insight these writers do. It is VERY impressive.
Trust me, you don’t have to be crazy to read Atlas Shrugged or “Essays”. If you are it might make you even crazier, because Ayn Rand is one of the most sane writers I’ve ever read.
If you found value for yourself in reading Atlas Shrugged, you will find considerable value in slowly, intermittently, reading (dare I say ‘studying’) this book of essays.