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The difference between this long-forgotten exercise in paranoia and other futuristic visions of a world controlled by the state, such as Aldous Huxley's or George Orwell's, is the extremist tone of Rand's story. The author lived in a black-and-white world in which things social or communal are evil and things individual and selfish are exalted. This "anthem" culminates in a hymn to the concepts of "I" and "ego," where the rebels are those who resist group action; the oppressors are government officials and others who attempt to provide a safety net for the less fortunate. The production is not improved by the theatricality of narrator Paul Meier, which is reminiscent of a ham Victorian actor intoning an overwrought melodrama. Not recommended.
Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC
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A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly. --The New York Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
My first venture into Ayn Rand. I'm not going into a lengthy analysis of this little novel as enough people have done that. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Scoe
A quick read with hefty symbolism. Get out your note taking gear.
The "sexual content" in my review is implied. Nothing more.
Anthem was an interesting book, however it had a very confusing plot in which characters had names like Equality 7-2521, and everyone makes decisions based on their... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Majdi Islam
This story was pretty hard to get through. I always finish books I start to read but this one wasn't worth the effort.Published 6 days ago by Susan
If you're a conservative, this a great primer into the world of Ayn Rand. This is a great story for adults as well as teens. Read morePublished 6 days ago by T. Clark
its aight like the story starts off real boring but gets exciting you'll like it dont worry!! a great read!Published 7 days ago by Nancy Tran
Not a bad story. Nowhere near as heavy other Rand books. No hundred page political speeches to skip over, or make you lose interest.Published 10 days ago by gerard j