As anyone who has ever read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged knows, this is the opening line of this novel. It is a line that is repeated throughout the novel. It seems particularly appropriate as this is also September 2nd, the date that the novel opens. In fact, many of the pivotal events also happen on subsequent September 2.
Why September 2nd? This is the day that Ayn Rand actually started putting pen to paper on her Magnum opus. This is the day she started writing Atlas Shrugged. By the way, this novel is my all-time favorite book. Because it is my favorite, I am including a few things that I have found to be amazing about the author. Things of which others might not be aware about Ayn Rand.
Ayn Rand, born Alice Rosenbaum, was born and lived her early life in Russia. A Russian citizen, she emigrated to the United States in her early twenties after the Bolshevik revolution. Knowing that she couldn't live (and breathe) under Communist rule, she escaped to America, changed her name to Ayn Rand (Ayn after another author's name she liked and Rand from her typewriter), and started her life here. She became a screenwriter in Hollywood while working on her early novels and plays. Believing in the ideals of the United States, she became a citizen.
Personally, I find it absolutely amazing that she wrote such tremendous works such as Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead to begin with. Then when I realized that English was not her first language, it was even more amazing. The command of her language and then in her philosophical ideas make these novels some of the best in the world. Okay, I am prejudiced...but if you haven't ever read either of these novels, particularly Atlas Shrugged, consider checking them out. The parallels with some of the things going on in the world will give you pause.
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