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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead (original 1943; edition 1996)

by Ayn Rand (Author)

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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)
Title:The Fountainhead
Authors:Ayn Rand (Author)
Info:Signet (1996), Edition: Anniversary, 720 pages
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (1943)

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    bigtent21: "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead" are becoming more relevant as we head into 2009. Large Government Buyouts and Regulation are the scourge of Atlas Shrugged and the outright sponsoring of mediocrity predominates The Fountainhead. Rand can be long-winded, but these two books are must reads regardless of your own personal beliefs.… (more)
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Brilliant, Amazing and Remarkable
I shouldn't and couldn't review this book, nothing but the silence for the greatness of this book. ( )
  point5a | Sep 8, 2023 |
One the most influential books i've ever read in my life. Real good stuff. ( )
  kmaxat | Aug 26, 2023 |
Four stars strictly from the standpoint of the individual artist (or architect). No further endorsement of Rand's philosophy extending beyond the creation of a work of art is intended or implied. ( )
  pcooleybeck | Jul 17, 2023 |
Honestly, this book was kind of terrible. The only thing saving it from a worse score was that the prose was incredibly easy to follow (read at about a 7th grade reading level I'd guess) and the plot wasn't too bad to read. So even though it wasn't particularly enjoyable, it was an easy read.

The characters were terrible. Every time we got into the thought process of one of the characters, I thought to myself "Is this what it's like to be a psychopath?" Almost none of the characters had any empathy or remorse, and the ones that did, were painted as pathetic and weak. I cheered for the downfall of almost every single character in the book. I generally don't have to "root for" a character to enjoy a book, but dang. It sure makes it easier.

The themes were shallow and childish. Painting selfishness as a virtue and empathy as a weakness is such a hilariously cringy, childish theme, and I can't believe anyone other than misguided teenagers would get anything philosophical out of this crap. I understand why incels are drawn to Rand now.

I will say, I really enjoyed the discourse on architecture and structural engineering of houses and skyscrapers. I found that legitimately interesting to read about, which makes sense, given that I am a Civil Engineer. ( )
  Andjhostet | Jul 4, 2023 |
This is something about architects, architecture, philosophy, and super-selfish people, particularly the main character, Howard Roark. He’s an architect who wants to only design what he wants. He doesn’t want to design what others hire him to, just what he wants.

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. ( )
  LibraryCin | Apr 11, 2023 |
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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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Rand, Aynprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hurt, ChristopherNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peikoff, LeonardAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Rheenen, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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
To Frank O'Connor
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Howard Roark laughed.
To say "I love you" one must first be able to say the "I".
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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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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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