Thoreau's 'Walden' and Ayn Rand's 25th anniversary introduction to 'The Fountainhead' summarize my library well.
This was my first Rand novel. It was a coin flip between this and Atlas Shrugged where if I liked one, I would read the other. The Fountainhead was not without imperfections, but was well worth the time and credit.
Rand is over-the-top and polarized with her individualist message, creating characters and scenes that are too fantastic to be rooted in reality, but it serves her message quite well.
Hurt's narration was not great, but still good. Toohey was Hurt's best character; Keating's dismantling was unforgettable: a chilling warning to the "secondhanders" of the world and cause for deep introspection, well worth the 30 hours to get there.
I could have done without the endless details of her characters. Fortunately that was offset by her wonderful scene and setting descriptions, the researched architectural details adding an educational edge to the story. (At the time I was reading this, my wife and I had just purchased a new house, making for a unique personal experience.)
My greatest takeaway though may have come in the first ten minutes, in Rand's introduction to the 25th anniversary of the book:
"Certain writers, of whom I am one, do not live, think or write on the range of the moment. Novels, in the proper sense of the word, are not written to vanish in a month or a year. That most of them do, today, that they are written and published as if they were magazines, to fade as rapidly, is one of the sorriest aspects of today's literature, and one of the clearest indictments of its dominant esthetic philosophy: concrete-bound, journalistic Naturalism which has now reached its dead end in the inarticulate sounds of panic."
I couldn't have put my own similar thoughts into words any better. Atlas Shrugged is on my wishlist.
Addicted to audible. One the best things that happened to me
This novel is by far the most memorable I have ever read. Ayn Rand is surely a different author by all means and this novel is not for the close minded. Despite its excessive length, I enjoyed every day the turn of events and the interaction between the characters to the extent that it caused real mood swings for me!
After reading the fountainhead, I don't think I'm the same person at least in the way I view people around me. Try it but be guarded with the length; you need to assign a lot of time for this listening.
It's messed in the head and a good listen. If it was shorter and more refined like the main character I think this would be a far better book.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
A rape scene in which the man "knows" that a previously frigid woman fights, bites and battles because she is overcome with passion that she has never felt before. This is an old male fantasy apparently and, the way in which Ms. Rand perpetuates it is sad, but not surprising, because of the time in which it is written. This made me a little angry. I am not surprised that Ms. Rand enjoyed being referred to as a man, she seems to have believed that women are a little pathetic.
What also made me slightly nauseas was the characters. Their relationships were absurd. This woman who the main character raped, then loves him madly and he, her. She however, promises to destroy him and has a damned good go at it, rather by omission than by any other means. But this is a relationship where these two people are so close to one another that they start conversations in the middle because they know one another so very well.
I know that this book is supposed to have some deep seated philosophical importance concerning objectivism, capitalism and so forth. Well, I just thought it was a rather plodding story of it’s time. Maybe I am not clever enough to read the subtext.
It appears you either love Ayn Rand or hate her; there doesn't seem to be a middle ground. I find myself more on the love side and decided to "read"; this as my first audiobook selection since I had enjoyed another work by her (We, The Living) and this book seemed pertinent to the times. I enjoyed the book a lot and it had a good narrator (which I've come to learn is key). It got me thinking about my perspective on the world and noticing the architecture in NYC, as the main characters are architects. And despite her claim that even though the book is being set in NYC, nothing is meant to represent or elude to any person or place in the City, I can't help but notice that the Castle Hill projects in the Bronx are designed exactly as those envisioned by Rourke. It can get a little tedious at times, but is beyond worth sticking it out.
I've read this book too times but this is the first time I have download it. In my opinion, this is Ayn Ryan best work. It is timeless and each time I read or listen to it I get a new perspective on the characters and the story it self.
This audio book became my obsession for a whole week. I couldn't stop listening to it. The narrator was captivating. This is the first of Rand's books I have ever read or listen to. I recommend it to all.
This book is more relevant today than it ever was. The struggle between individualism and collectivism, freedom and socialism. A great collection of characters on both sides. The hero is superb. Read all the Ayn Rand that you can get.
Don't miss this or Atlas Shrugged. I purchased Atlas Shrugged early last summer. I couldn't get myself to start it because of the length. When I finally started it and when I was half way through the first section I became hooked. I purchaser the Fountainhead because Atlas Shrugged was so good and I was not disappointed. The narrator on both books was excellent, same guy. It is amazing how a book(s) written so long ago can hold up as good as it does. If you are an economic conservative do not hesitate. If you are an economic liberal don’t bother. She does a great job making economic liberals look stupid. This book is about greatness and how we as a society must encourage it. Even though she was an atheist, I say thank God for Ayn Rand.