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- Print Length: 108 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615876773
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- Publisher: Monadnock Valley Press; 1 edition (September 10, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 10, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F4C546Y
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As a literary work this is almost sophomoric. After the tremendous depth, insight into human nature, and subtle conflicts of Atlas and Fountainhead, this novel will not elate you with its beautiful prose. That may have been deliberate on the writer's part to convey the urgency of the questions here posed to every thinking human being. There are some poignant scenes between the 2 lovers.
Anyone seeking to understand Ayn Rand, or is mildly curious about her ideas, should read this book. While not uplifting in a literary sense, it is thought-provoking and an engaging story. "Anthem" poses important questions that anyone who loves liberty, or believes they know what liberty is, needs to confront.
The story is quite interesting especially since it is post apoclyptic dystopian story. Ayn Rand's story is a clear warning about how societies evolve when the many subjugate / control the individual. The society is non-productive, limiting in man's potential and always ready to destroy the individual at the first signs of disobedience. The more power that is centralized the worse the results for the society as a whole.
Ayn Rand's views are made very clear. Whether you agree or not with her, the story is definitely thought provoking. She also uses techniques that George Orwell did by readjusting the meanings of words and limiting the use of certain parts of the English language -- the effect is well done and at times disturbing.
Side note: Rush's 2112 was written after reading this story. You can see clear parallels and elements Rush lifted from the story.
The characters are fairly one-dimensional but given it is a short story, it is not surprising. Ayn also had to make them that way to help define the Milieu of the story. The effect of discovery of the individual in person and language has a strong effect on the reader.
World setting / Milieu:
It is a post apocalyptic view of the world after a massive world war. Modern society has been effectively wiped off the global. People effectively live in the pre-industrial age. Technology is tightly controlled (the government knows that technological advances will make it easier for the people to revolt).
It is non-flowery and direct. The tone is a bit harsh but it fits with the setting to make it effective and helps to set the tone. The language does evolve as the story goes helping to show discoveries / changes in the characters world view. It shows how what you think / visualize effects your world view.
I purchased this novel hoping to dive into a cousin world to this game series and it did not disappoint.
I read it in one sitting. The novel has moments in the beginning where you have to bend your mind to understand but once that's accomplished it is an enjoyable and informative read that will hook you till the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. If you are a fan of stories that promote thought, look no further. If you are looking for an introduction to Ms Rands writing you have found it.
"Anthem" does have its good points, i.e., it's her shortest novel and a fast read. In
reading it now, I see a thinly veiled, but understandable response to Soviet tyranny, but
unfortunately, lacking the inventiveness and overall impact of Orwell's "Animal Farm".
I should hasten to add that I outgrew Ayn Rand before the age of 30 and it surprises me
she still has so much influence in the halls of power.
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.