©1943 The Bobbs-Merrill Company; ©1968 Ayn Rand; Afterword ©1993 Leonard Peikoff; (P)1994 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Ayn Rand is a writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly." (New York Times Book Review)
Great book. Not my normal genre. It is about obsession and perfection with Your talent. It took a little to get into the book, but once you're in, it is impossible to put down. I really loved it.
I read The Fountainhead in high school to apply for an academic scholarship, hating every page more as I went along. I swore to never touch Ayn Rand again.
I bought the audiobook when I got a data entry job earlier this year, thinking that I needed something to occupy my time and it had been long enough since my first reading... As a literature MA, I figured I could tackle anything. Wrong! Rand's writing style is undeniably captivating, but after so many years of reading critical theory, her work feels like a dumbed down version of Nietzsche.
Why, then, the four stars? Long story short: I hate the novel, but everyone should read it. Consider it a life requirement. Check it off your list.
As for me, next comes Melville. 🐳
It's heavy handed...in a nutshell. If you are the kind of person who enjoys intellectual musings, go for it! There's lots of great stuff. You may not agree with everything put forward, but hey, that's life. And rarely do we agree with everything a single person thinks, even if we love other things about them. Thats my impression just after reading. Rand provides some awesome moments of characterization throughout that are both insightful and well written. Her dedication to words and culture drives her, through this book, to dig her heels in and redeem aspects of both that she sees as lost in certain ways. I enjoyed this book a lot, and marked many quotes throughout. The reason for my drop in overall rating of the book was a result of the characters receding into the background, almost into non existence (rand pushing them aside to have a straight talk with the reader for a moment...or two). When approaching a topic of great concern to her (the reputation for these precede the book) she would get up on a platform and, neglecting the genre and characters, preach...hard. I think this book is worth an honest read (as unbiased a read as possible. But that's just my approach to all reading). While I picked up on these inclinations from rand early on, the characters were interesting enough to me and the moments of description insightful enough to honestly make for an enjoyable read anyway. However, these only grew in intensity towards the end and nearly destroyed the characters in the process. Fountainhead is a fiction novel. And while I can appreciate a solid dose of philosophical musing, I don't like when the characters so obviously become cardboard standups. There were moments I just could not see the characters anymore even though I was trying. I could only see rand with a singular purpose trying very hard to convince me of it. And it upset me. That being said, Some people are triggered by certain words or passages and cannot allow themselves to enjoy content from elsewhere in the book. It is definitely there for anyone to enjoy. Even though there were moments that rocked the boat for me, there was also enough ground that she had laid that I thought was really solid and it made for good reading.
No complaints really, good story line, excellent narration the moral of the story unfolds at the very end and at times I wished it would just unfold sooner so I'd better understand why the characters made some of the choices They did. Worth listening to, but if you are only wanting to read one book by Ayn Rand go with Atlas Shrugged and focus on how detrimental liberal politics can be, and how awesome the business men are that allow life and existence possible on our grand scale and how screwed up our country will be if we keep on the path we are going on.
My only complaint is the editing. The chapters begin so abruptly that the words seem like a continuation of the precious chapter's last sentence. But otherwise great
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