So there’s a movie of it coming out. I generally agree with Scott Lemeiux’s assessment:
I dunno about you, but to me a film based on an interminable novel that consists almost entirely of position-paper wielding characters (and occasionally the narrator) expostulating a silly philosophical framework and its null-hypothesis strawmen ranks somewhere between “A new five-part George Lucas cycle based on vanity press Star Wars novelizations” and “Patch Adams 2” on my “films I’d like to see go into production” list.
My only experience with Ayn Rand came a few years ago when I was on a quest to read every dystopian novel ever written (Zamyatin and Orwell are all you really need; Huxley is overrated, in my opinion) and happened upon Anthem. My God, that is an awful book. It was 150 pages of her saying “and that’s another reason collectivism is bad”, with a plot that, er, doesn’t exist. We and 1984show the perils of totalitarianism. Rand just says that communism (and socialism, and mixed economies, and regulated capitalism) is the root of all evil in society, and leaves it at that. She’s a horrible writer, a worse thinker, and a lesion on American political theory.