- Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Signet (March 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451191137
- ISBN-13: 978-0451191137
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,168 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anthem: Anniversary Edition Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1996
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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 the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtues of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.
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Its final two chapters are (according to Rand) the "anthem"--the celebration of the human ego. This is not done in logical terms, but in pure emotional exultation. In my opinion, Rand's writing throughout the book is skilled, passionate and evocative, but in the last two chapters she really shines.
For presentations of Rand's philosophy, Objectivism, in logical form, read Atlas Shrugged. For a ruthless, beautiful evocation of the emotional aspect of Rand's philosophy of egoism, read Anthem. If you have socialist leanings, or simply have always assumed the many is more important that the one, the book may disturb you greatly (it did me, when I read it the first time). It will change the way you feel, and Rand's later work will change the way you think.
Highly recommended. This book is often misunderstood, but if you read it with the understanding that it is a poem, and not a book, your understanding of it will be enhanced.
The novel really got me thinking and I couldn't put it down. At just over a hundred pages, i read it all in one setting, and thought about it the rest of the week. Though the world in Anthem is a very dark and depressed one indeed, it comments nonetheless on more subtle forms of control and losses of our individual freedom in today's world.
An excellent read and a great intro to her philosophy. This book led me to purchase Atlas Shrugged, and I recommend these both to all my friends.
Amazing and Powerful.
But there is hope, for the intense [We-ness] that suffocates, it suffocates itself, too, in the end. And so long as there is still the germ of an "I" to sprout -- to question, to reason, to shatter and then reveal the awful truth of collectivism -- liberty will again shine brightly.
Rand sketches the mechanistic extreme of we-ness in order for us to grasp it fully, and I thank her for that.
This is a fabulous book for monthly book clubs to explore. It will surely provoke intense dialogue but perhaps also confusion for those heretofore clueless about the true meaning liberty vs. collectivism. There has never been a better time to sort out this vital interface.
Review for the other version we bought on amazon: I think that amazon's system does not allow a separate review for each item ASIN/SKU. I am not intetested in doing a literary review on this book, but merely a product review. This slighly more expensive version is more suitable for making annotations due to having more pages (42), which is a must have for the class my daughter is taking
As the book began I was immediately wrapped in the story. The story felt both like a science fiction and a familiar and recognizable present. The beauty of this work is that it can be internalized in many different ways. For me it was not about the evils of communism, but something much closer and more relatable. I work for a large company and I could see some of what has been happening in the politics of a large company that was happening in the book. The story takes place in society where an individual is not important, the only things that are important are things that are perceived to be a benefit to the society. The society decides what each individual has to do for the benefit of the society. All individuals are the same, all interchangeable, all clogs in a big system. Being different, thinking differently was an offense. The society is ruled by closed minded bureaucrats that go by the rules whether they make sense or not. The story follows the hero who rediscovers his own self and the strength and creativity individuality brings.
This is the kind of book that you want to read more than once. And then discuss it with your friends. Not only the story is interesting, Ayn Rand writes in a beautiful language that resenotates in your head. I was ready to read the book as soon as I finished listening to it. I purchased the Kindle version of the book so I can easily find and reference different passages. As I mentioned earlier I was not Ayn Rand fan, but this book made me a fan, and I plan to read her other books as well.