>The Reckless Playboy


This blogpost was written even before i had this blog(my first blogpost :D), for some other purpose. At that time i was reading Atlas Shrugged. Since i’ve not been able to come up with a satisfactory post on Ayn Rand(it seem to become tougher by the day, and people must already have started frowing over my apparent fixation with Ayn Rand :D), i thought i would share my erstwhile thoughts on Atlas Shrugged, which are more or less about Francisco d’Anconia anyways…
Jan 30, 01:07
Reading Atlas Shrugged nowadays…. One year after i started Fountainhead.
Much more mature novel, than Fountainhead, breathtaking in its scope, ambitious in it’s philosophical quest.
Its just that sometimes Ayn Rand goes beyond the limit in ossifying her characters that they lose touch completely out of reality. Fransico d’Anconia, the reckless playboy….there’s a mysterious appeal to him, which calls me over and above everyone else, Hank Rearden, John Galt, Dagny…. John is right when he says, “out of everybody in this strike, you’re the one who’s taken the hardest beating”. There is limitless pain in this guy’s heart, and strangely the more the pain increases it’s burden upon him, the more gracefully he seems to bear it, the more noble and sublime it makes him. Baptism by fire, is what comes to one’s mind. To lose your dream, to get the girl you love and to lose her, and then to regain her, only to lose her again, this time irrevocably, to bear the pain of betraying everything you ever stood for, through a monstrous period of 12 years, this guy goes from being sparkling genius to worthless playboy to mysterious friend to one of the three leaders of the strike which stopped the motor of the world. But did anyone ever understood the extent of his loneliness? For me the most painful moment of the whole novel was when John takes Dagny to show her the hut of Fransisco in the valley, it pinched right in the heart. Did anyone ever understood the extent of his loneliness?
It does take an exceptional mind and still more exceptional integrity to remain untouched by the brain-destroying influences of the world’s doctrines, the accumulated evil of centuries- to remain human, since the human is the rational.
-Hugh Akston (in Atlas Shrugged)

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