LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rand novel testament to dangers of socialism

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I was let down by the superficiality of the article titled “Fans nervously await film version of Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ ” (Arts, Friday), about the recently released film adaptation of the famous Ayn Rand novel.

Has writer Will Wilkinson not read the book? He manages to smear its fans by overlooking exactly what it is that makes Ayn Rand’s novel irreplaceable. No other 20th-century author - not Arthur Koestler, Andre Malraux or Victor Serge - lays bare the character types that enable gunpoint socialism the way Rand did. It is not fiction sprung from ideas and Hollywood. Rather, it takes its passion from the life of the author: a woman who clawed her way out of Soviet Russia.

The joke is on Mr. Wilkinson, who ought to read the book.


Columbia, Md.

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