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Anthem | [Ayn Rand]

Anthem

First published in 1937, this dystopian novella by Ayn Rand was conceived as a play when Ms. Rand was a teenager in Soviet Russia. Mankind has reached a dark age somewhere in the future. Individuality is a crime, and the word "I" does not exist. Men live for the good of their brothers. Equality 7 - 2521, seems, although he tries not to, to be continually breaking the rules.
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First published in 1937, this dystopian novella by Ayn Rand was conceived as a play when Ms. Rand was a teenager in Soviet Russia. Mankind has reached a dark age somewhere in the future. Individuality is a crime, and the word "I" does not exist. Men live for the good of their brothers. Equality 7 - 2521, seems, although he tries not to, to be continually breaking the rules.

Public Domain (P)2013 Audio Books by Mike Vendetti

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    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 05-24-14
    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    What did you like best about Anthem? What did you like least?

    I appreciate the sentiment and the ambition of the novella but it was slightly drab for my taste and for what's typical of Rand. She does a good job presenting her moral prerogatives, but the story is just lackluster. I get the idea and appreciate its intention.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked it, i wasn't particularly moved and having much understanding of the writer's viewpoint led to seemingly obvious conclusions, it wasn't surprising or suspenseful. Descriptive, mechanical, and expressive are my impressions of the story as a whole. The ending was predictable but i still enjoyed Rand's unique perspective and one liners.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was good.


    Was Anthem worth the listening time?

    Its short, so probably- i likely wont listen again tho.


    Any additional comments?

    a satirical approach to a fundamental concept exemplifies where taking a collective can go to far in egalitarian societies.

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