I read this book a very long time ago. Actually, I tried reading this book three times in my life. And after attempting it three times I have understood that this book, unlike many others, can only be read when the reader’s mind is ready to manoeuvre through pages of verbose writing. My mind was ready for it when I was 21-22 years old. And, I hated it. I still do. I really can’t stand this book.
Personally, I would never recommend this book to anyone. I couldn’t grasp her philosophy of Objectivism - which I feel is an extremely fancy synonym for selfishness. She tries, really hard, to drill into her readers that there’s only one ideal-self love, any deviation from that ideal should not be tolerated. Now, that’s bullshit. Imagine the entire humanity trying to follow that philosophy! It would bring the end of world nearer. I also feel that maybe my Indian upbringing has fuelled my hatred for this book.
Indians are always accommodating. There’s a billion of us, we have no other option but to be accommodating. Having lived in an environment where people bend backwards to help others, to see others dreams fulfilled, Ayn Rand’s philosophy sounds absolutely hollow. Having said that, I must also point out that it is an important book. But its philosophy cannot and shouldn’t not be implemented both at a personal level and at the level of the society.
Here’s an example http://www.salon.com/2013/12/10/ayn_rand_loving_ceo_destroys_his_empire_partner/