- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Icon SCS (June 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1619490900
- ISBN-13: 978-1619490901
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,221 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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) --The New York Times
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Ayn Rand's first novel, We the Living, was published in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved spectacular and enduring success. Through her novels and nonfiction writings, which express her unique philosophy of Objectivism, Rand maintains a lasting influence on popular thought.
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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.
It is a story that begins in a captive culture without even the hint of individuality let alone of individual liberty. One man who does not even know he is a single human being because the words for it have been erased from his society, slowly discovers that he has a mind, he can learn, he can love, and he can live as something other than a cog in a mindless machinelike society. He discovers what it is to be a man. And the reader discovers the importance of having the words to describe and express individuality.
This is a short interesting novella with profound implications. If you have not read it, it will be fun to read and worth the short time it takes to read. You may come to love it as some of us do and revisit it happily from time to time.
Newer editions also include a copy of the older edition as it was first published in England in 1937 with editing markup for the American publication in 1946. For those interested in editing, it is a fascinating example of how to change the mood and tone of a story while leaving the plot and message intact.
I will not go through this short story blow by blow, as the fun in this book is to discover what Equality 7-2521 discovers. Would you draw the same conclusion or follow the same course? You will find yourself kibitzing and cringing.
"You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny." (Brihadaranyaka IV.4.5)
For the person that is new to Ayn Rand this is as good place to start, as any and it will be an eye opener. If you have the time to read "Atlas Shrugged" the concepts, thoughts, and speeches are more complete.
Pro or con, you cannot afford to pass this book. You may be surprised to find that you are surrounded by Objectivists.
This short parable was part of my challenge to myself to read Outside my comfort zone. I am glad I did.
I started and finished the book in one short evening. The author's use of names and plural referrals was taxing for a short time. I then got in the groove and could speed past those potholes.
The problem with allegory and parables is that they have hidden meanings espoused by the author. One is not always sure when the story is finished if the true meaning has been exposed. In reading other reviews I see that there are many different understandings of what this author was trying to say. I will think on this for a while before I make my judgment. It may be that I will have to read it again..
I am glad I found this book. It has made me think .