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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead (original 1943; edition 1996)

by Ayn Rand

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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
Info:Signet (1996), Edition: Centennial Edition, Paperback
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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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    mcaution: Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation on the classic novel from this collection of scholarly criticism.
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The epic clash between individualism and conformity, "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand is an excellent portrayal of her philosophy of Objectivism, which emphasizes individualism, rational self-interest, and the pursuit of one's own happiness. In it, Rand explores themes of creativity, integrity, and the struggle between the individual and society, and offers a warning for those tempted to sacrifice one's principles for societal approval. I’ve read it and Atlas Shrugged several times, and whether one loves or loathes "The Fountainhead," it undeniably remains a thought-provoking and influential work that continues to stimulate intellectual discourse. ( )
  Andrew.Lafleche | Feb 29, 2024 |
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 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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
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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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The selfless man is/acting as his own builder/and as destroyer (missteacher)

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