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Anthem [Kindle Edition]

Ayn Rand
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  • File Size: 94 KB
  • Print Length: 92 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082RHM4A
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Is Freedom? July 21, 2013
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In her novel Anthem, Ayn Rand provides a simple, yet comprehensive answer to the question - "What is freedom?" This is the second book of Ayn Rand's that I have read, the first being Atlas Shrugged: (Centennial Edition). Anthem is much shorter, but contains the same powerful writing and unique blending of fiction and philosophy.

Given the short nature of the book, it's a very easy read and I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to get a sense of what Ayn Rand is about and one of the underlying messages of her work. Anthem is impressive in that as a short story it masterfully weaves together the concepts of invention, freedom, conscious thought, and the power of the individual. As with Atlas Shrugged, Anthem will make you think.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb October 25, 2013
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An ageless book revealing the horrors if the collectivism. For those who romanticize socialism and her more dangerous sister, communism, read this book to get a glimpse of what is to come if such ideology take hold of our country. Exaggerated? Perhaps, but the premise is valid and frightening.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read December 1, 2013
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This was a very good book and an added bonus was that it was free on Amazon app store. Definitely recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry and contentious philosophy July 26, 2013
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The dystopia she uses to attack collectivism in this book is, as another reviewer said, a straw-man. However, that is precisely what dystopias are: inflated versions of a worldview the author opposes. The society portrayed in this book is neither socialism nor communism, but an absolute anti-individualism. Similar, perhaps, to an ant colony. This setting was chosen to provide a strong foil against her pro-individualistic stance - and it's quite effective.

Regardless of how somebody feels about Ayn Rand's philosophy, this is a well written book. The use of descriptive prose is elegant and aesthetic, and the way she chooses the protagonist's vocabulary is reflective of the society in which he dwells. The evolution of the characters' thoughts are passably realistic, though everything is more of a thinly-veiled symbol of the Objectivist philosophy. There's also a rather beautifully written love story in it.

Given that Ayn Rand has a tendency to draw things out and over-explain, this quick read is the first time I ever actually made it through a full work of hers. That helps make it a lot more effective, so I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars reading again for the first time... July 6, 2013
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It's been many years since I first read this as a young man.
In reading it again, I reflect on our times; On the state of this Earth and all we have done upon it.
It would seem to varying degrees we are beset at every corner by the oppressive power of we and have sacrificed our own power. The power of I.
We've enslaved ourselves in the name of commonwealth.
Almost makes you wish you could start this whole thing over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for the individualist January 1, 2013
By Chris
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This book reveals the possibilities of tyranny that are brought about by collectivism. If you see the terrors of a collective society and central social planning happening around and wish to fight against the tides of an equalized society, you will surely identify with the main character. Ayn Rand was a prophet in her own right, and this book does nothing but further prove that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live for yourself October 28, 2012
By Wenyin
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I was assigned to lead this book in my reading class. As long as I read the last few chapters I became being inspired by this book. Most of us are regulated by the so called common sense in the society inconsciously; what we don't notice is that we're losing our own mind. I started to look into myself and I found that I have been installed thoughts by people surround me and I am even willing to give up the identify of myself in order to cater to the common sense in the society. "No one can take away one's own spirit unless one decides to give up" that is what I've learned from this book. I still admire whatever the society give us however I will learn to stand for myself.

I am not a English native speaker but I recommend people who are also not English native speakers to read this book. This book doesn't contain difficult vocabulary and only has 12 chapters. You can not only practice your English ability and also have a chance to think of your relationship with this society and your own.

Hopefully people who read this book can be inspired just like me. :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaking December 27, 2012
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A fast a scary read. Once you catch the meaning of the "we" and how it could relate to our society it is truly frightening. The last few chapters are empowering and a great work of art.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The amazing ending to tragic beginning!!!! Anthem
It's a good book about a girl and boy that fall in love with each other!! What did you think of this book? Read more
Published 19 hours ago by joseph gemmati
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
Clear message well delivered. This will be part of the required reading list I'm making for me kids. One must have ego first, to love oneself, and to take pride in it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ren Dai
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
All though the beginning is a little weird it gets better and it is an amazing book that every body should read
Published 14 days ago by Nathan
4.0 out of 5 stars Another classic and a worthy addition to your library especially while...
Another classic and a worthy addition to your library especially while it is available for free.
Published 15 days ago by Shooter1
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting view on what society could be like if government...
Very interesting view on what society could be like if government would be fully in charge and force us into careers and what to think.
Published 19 days ago by Shawn Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars but this is my favorite Rand book
Have not read the kindle version, but this is my favorite Rand book.
Published 19 days ago by Amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 22 days ago by Janeann Bolinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book has so many good elements. It has a good theme that is elaborated on with many different ideas and beliefs.
Published 23 days ago by FutureWWE 9273
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised
I really enjoyed this book. Very unique style. I wasn't sure I would like it, but I couldn't put it down.
Published 25 days ago by PJ Rayford
4.0 out of 5 stars The Voice of Ayn Rand
Anthem demonstrates that Ayn Rand never fails in seriously challenging our comfortable popular world views of art, society, philosophy, science and especially politics. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Dr. Morbius
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