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The Fountainhead (original 1943; edition 2005)
by Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (1943)
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Still one of my favorite books even thought I don't buy into her complete philosophy.
The Fountainhead is one of those books I started so long ago and didn't finish or get halfway on that, whenever I get around to buying a fresh copy and audio book, I'll have to start all over with it. I know I will finish it one day, but it's quite the thought-provoking read and not for someone who is busy and won't have time to finish it for a long while.
Each character is brilliant, some of which have come to leave me quoting memorable lines they said that have lingered for years in my mind. The day I finish this book will likely be one I close it feeling satisfied.
Until then, I'm leaving this review feeling lackluster.
I picked this up from a LFL on a lark, and ye gods... This is where the dreaded "randbots" came from? This...?!? Infamously influential turgid crap -I couldn't get past the first two sentences. (TBF the 1949 film with Gary Cooper and Patricia O'Neil is a hoot!)
[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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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.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.52Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1900-1944
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
An edition of this book was published by HighBridge Audio.
An edition of this book was published by HighBridge.
There are relationships in the story, but I’m not sure how they happen given how selfish everyone is. I listened to the (lllllooooonnnnngggg) audio, and tuned much of it out, as it was boring. Boring boring boring. Maybe a good thing I tuned it out because there didn’t appear to be a single likable character, as far as I could tell, from the bits and pieces I did pay attention to. The first chapter (was this some kind of intro, I’m thinking?) turned me off immediately via all the philosophy. At least after that, there was somewhat of a story, but it was also pretty slow and of course, there was plenty of philosophy sprinkled throughout. Not my thing. Add to that the selfish unlikable characters. In all honesty, half the time I missed who was in a relationship with whom. Just no. ( )