Yes! That one and "The Fountainhead" as well. Fascinating. I found myself very absorbed and still think about many of the characters even though it's probably been over 20 years since I read them. There's a surreal quality to them (that level of altruism just does not occur in real life, at least not in my real life!) and yet within the context it is all totally believable.
If you do read it, post your reaction here... it'd be great to hear what others think about the book. =)
I've read it twice, but I shouldn't really count the first time. I read the first 200 pages or so and got bored and put it down for a long while. Then towards the end, someone (I won't say who) was giving a speech and I was just so caught up in what's going to happen next, that I skimmed through that part.
But, I loved this book! I really got sucked into it, and got attached to the characters. Once I finished it, I took a short break from reading because I didn't want to feel let down by other books not being as good. I tend to get that way though.
I'd say to definitely give it a shot. You may not get sucked in right away, but keep going. There are points where you won't want to put it down. Maybe I'll have to get my copy back out...