...although, I'm not sure that I would say that it was good. Actually, I think the author may have written this book on a dare. At its heart, the book is a hard-boiled detective story. However, the author seems to go out of his way to insert the most bizarre and unbelievable events and characters into the story for no obvious purpose. As a result, his vision of the future often seems to be more of a joke on the reader than an actual place.
For example, at one point the protagonist goes to visit another detective who had previously done some work on the case. Only the other detective is a monkey. No particular reason. It doesn't really add anything to the story. The detective is just a monkey.
Maybe I'm missing the inner meaning of all the strangeness, but I doubt it. In the end, the plot was fine and characters were fine, but all the goofiness was just distracting.
Capitalism is the only economic system that actually works, and this book tells you why.
Yes, the book is long, and at many points it reads like a speech or a philosophy paper. However, Rand does know what she is talking about, and her message only becomes more relevant as time goes on. Without question, one of the most (if not the most) important book of the 20th century.
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