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thenewgreen  ·  2657 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Book Club: The Fountainhead

I picked up my copy today. Not exactly a short story is it? I had better get cracking.

SufficientGrace  ·  2657 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yes, it is! I just can't make myself sit still long enough to slog through it so am on a waiting list for the audio version. Is that cheating?

thenewgreen  ·  2654 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No, I don't think it's cheating. In fact, it's a damned good idea. I drive maybe 6-10 hours a week and an audio book would be a great way to get through this. Maybe I could supplement with audio and read as well. I've never done a "combined" approach. Could be interesting.

SufficientGrace  ·  2653 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That is exactly what I'm doing! The reader uses an interesting form of intonation that works pretty well and is easy enough to listen to, but actually seems to change the meaning from what I 'thought' some of the characters were intending. For instance, when Mrs. Reardon speaks to her husband, is she snide, sarcastic, condescending, or just ignorant?

I'm wading about in the beginning of the latter half at this point. I keep finding myself yelling at Ms Rand, in the same way that I'd yell at a talk show host - haha!

We should have some lively discussions when the time comes.....

SufficientGrace  ·  2653 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Lol! Just realized that I'm reading Atlas Shrugged - not the Fountainhead. That explains why I first downloaded The Fountainhead - I was wondering why I did that. Ok, time to switch books. Actually did read The Fountainhead a few years back, it was Atlas Shrugged I couldn't get through. Okay, good, got that straight....

thenewgreen  ·  2653 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I just laughed pretty hard. You're reading two Ayn Rand books? This from someone that clearly wasn't a big fan to begin with. I'd say that is over compensating, my friend.

Are you going to re-read the Fountainhead?

SufficientGrace  ·  2653 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's okay, have a laugh at my expense. Ugh! My brain is swiss cheese.

I do love to research, and as long as I'm going to do this thing, I should do it well. But, not that well! Ha! I've officially switched to The Fountainhead, the reader on this audio is much easier to listen to. Yes, I'll listen to it again - but not simultaneously with the text as I was with the other.

thenewgreen  ·  2652 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I imagined I was laughing with you, not "at your expense." :)

For the longest time I kept seeing those "who is John Galt" bumper stickers and it wasn't until about a year ago that I finally realized it was a reference to Atlas Shrugged. How far in to it did you get?

SufficientGrace  ·  2651 days ago  ·  link  ·  

LOL, yes, yes, you were laughing with me.

As I said previously, I tried to read it twice before and had made it about halfway when I quit. This past week, I picked it up at that point. and probably got through a few chapters. So, at this rate of reading a few chapters each year I think I'll finish Rand's treatise by the end of this decade.

What did you decide was the best way to swallow your bitter pill? Are you listening to The Fountainhead, reading or both?

Ha ha, I'm not being fair, its really not that bad - there is wisdom in every viewpoint.

thenewgreen  ·  2640 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Damn! I finally finished the beast. Lots to say, but ill save it for the official discussion. I will say that 90% of it was via audio as I had two 12 hour drives to fill. You finish yet?