Variety reports that efforts to bring Atlas Shrugged to the big screen are underway. Randall Wallace ("Braveheart," "We Were Soldiers") is apparently at work on a script and Angelina Jolie has signed on to star in the film. (Link via AICN)
I've just started reading Atlas Shrugged; I'm about 250 pages in (my paperback edition is about 1100 pages). Does it get good at some point?
"What I feel for you is contempt. But it's nothing, compared to the contempt I feel for myself. I don't love you. I've never loved anyone. I wanted you from the first moment I saw you. I wanted you as one wants a whore-for the same reason and purpose. [etc. etc.]"
Also, all you future railroad moguls, remember it is easy to be a libertarian when you start out rich.
The Fountainhead, as flawed a novel as it was, might actually be remotely interesting.
it seems strange that Angelina Jolie-a celebrity who seems to increasingly advocate a duty of social responsibility--would be the central figure of an Ayn Rand novel.
would you have cast a then 48 year old Gary Cooper as Roark?
...all of the characters are adults who seem to have no children and no interest in having children. In fact, the only children that I can recall in the novel are in the segment about the Twentieth Century Motor Car Company in Rome, Wisconsin (Picket Fences, anyone?), and IMHO her writing in this section projects a vague sense of distaste for them as little parasites.
It was a responsibility that she was not interested in assuming. When she was writing Atlas [Shrugged], she would sometimes say that she was "with book." The only children she wanted were her books. - Barbara Branden
I found the book very bo-o-oring and tedious in the beginning, so did my wife. It's common to do so. By the time I was halfway through I couldn't put it down, I read it every free moment until finished. There's a tipping point in there somewhere as the characters and situations develop.