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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead (1943)

by Ayn Rand

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The highest oder a man can live in his life is written in this book.....it inspires me to standup and claim my greatness ( )
  rajveerspace | Mar 25, 2014 |
"The Fountainhead" is an epic novel about the struggle of a single, American architect against the forces of the unappreciative and, as Rand paints it, evil. Although it is technically a work of fiction, "The Fountainhead" has become acclaimed as one of Rand's treatises on the philosophy objectivism, and the final fifth of the book reads as such.

Because the book's climax is philosophical, rather than plot or character driven, "The Fountainhead's" characters are all stand-ins for various social archetypes. Though they are exceptional archetypes, they do flatten the plot substantially (if this is to be judged as a work of fiction). As such, "The Fountainhead" is best read as a fairy tale to Rand's philosophical views. ( )
  jasonli | Mar 13, 2014 |
It's readable, which is more than can be said for Atlas Shrugged. ( )
  BruceCoulson | Mar 6, 2014 |
I am a huge fan of Ayn Rand but my favorite is still Atlas Shrugged. The fountainhead is a classic and I highly recommend it. You can't go wrong with Ms Rand as long as you enjoy the long read and are willing to be open minded to Ms Rands philosophy.
A wonderful book. ( )
  ava-st-claire | Feb 21, 2014 |
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[Miss Rand] has written a hymn in praise of the individual and has said things worth saying in these days. Whether her antithesis between altruism and selfishness is logically correct or not, she has written a powerful indictment.
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"Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man's nature and of life's potential." _____Ayn Rand
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Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is the story of Howard Roark, a man who stands up for his principles in a world where they are not valued. He pays the price for it, with his rivals like Peter Keating getting ahead. But he runs his own race, because the race everyone else runs is one filled with compromise and without integrity. He falls in love with a woman, whom he must first teach to live in a world like this. He stands tall, alone, and shows us the essence of individualism.
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The selfless man is/acting as his own builder/and as destroyer (missteacher)

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The Fountainhead has become an enduring piece of literature, more popular now than when published in 1943. On the surface, it is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the book addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, the threat of fascism. The confrontation of those themes, along with the amazing stroke of Rand's writing, combine to give this book its enduring influence.

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Here is the story of an intransigent young architect, Howard Roark, of his violent battle against a mindless status quo, and of his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who worships him yet struggles to defeat him. In order to build his kind of buildings according to his own standards, Roark must fight against every variant of human corruption.… (more)

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