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Anthem Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1996
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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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The book is relatively short, but I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the writings of George Orwell. If you're a Terry Goodkind fan, you should definitely read this, because Goodkind's writing is heavily influenced by Rand.
Although the story is dark, it is compelling, and it forces the reader to consider how easily our own society could fall victim to conformity.
The years have gone well into the future from where we stand right now and yet instead of our dreams of conquering the world and improving the technical industries worldwide, something has happened to demolish all our efforts. We are at loss of all sciences and civilization. There is no electricity, only candles and even this is respected with a high air of responsiblity.
The main character we meet in this story is Equality 7-2521 whom decides to conquer these one way thoughts. After finishing his years in the Home of the Students he wish secretly to go to the Home of the Scholars. But as he enters the center of the great hall on the first day of spring they look into the cold eyes of the elders belonging to The Council of Vocations utters the words: 'street sweeper'.
But Equality 7-2521's curiosity gets the better of him and he searches for things that spark his imagination and mind. He plays with Science and experiments with wires and he discovers an underground tunnel which he uses as a type of lab. In the tunnel he finds the evidence of a world that existed well before the time of when he was born and had so much more than they had now. He sets out to tell the leaders but they call him a traitor for disobeying his brothers. He escapes to a large forrest where he meets with Liberty 5-3000, The Golden One who he had met before whilst carrying on with his work as a sweeper. And the two start to discover the truth of the human race and it's means. They learn the holy word diminished for so long... 'I'.
The book is strange. And it's rather short. It consists of just over 100 pages of large text writing and then the rest is the originally published copy of Anthem with Ms. Rand's own hand written corrections. It starts full of enthusiasm and adventure but ends with a cliffhanger that seems not to be very uplifting at all. The book isn't a book not worth reading. It seems to be a very easy context of Ms. Rand's philosophy on Objectivism and is highly entertaining for the most part. I liked her ideas a great deal and wish she'd made more of a story out of it for she made it more into a modest article or drafted frame than a novel or story...something towards a very short fantasy tale at the closest.
I recommend this book to all ages over eleven or so. Not much of it is too difficult and it makes you realise that it's not all that bad that you use the word "I" a little too often in your sentences :D
Another very interesting point; There are two versions of this book in one. The first is the official publication of Anthem, the second being Ayn Rand's rough draft. The rough draft kind of lets you into the mind of the writer, how they think of what to take out and what to keep. It's awfully brief too for being such a good book. But certainly something everyone into philosophy needs to read, because this can redefine your ideas.