The Fountainhead Centennial ed. Edition, Kindle Edition
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Nominally the novel is about an emerging movement of modern architecture. Architects of the classic style are resisting this change. I think the story may serve as an allegory for any individual who is trying to proceed along "the path least traveled". Having spent time in a lumbering bureaucracy, it was easy for me to recognize the validity of the author's observations about individualism. At the same time there were many portions of this novel that I did not agree with philosophically, and other parts that were too obtuse and opaque for me to easily comprehend.
I do not in any way wish to do anything to spoil a perspective reader's reading experience. Without being specific I feel it is a good thing that the author is a female. There is some rather strange interaction between two characters of different genders that appeared to me to be inexcusably violent, but did not seem to be considered so within the context of the storyline. Speaking as a retired police detective specializing in violent felonies, the philosophical aspect of that episode was lost on me. Speaking as a father, there is no way I would allow an adolescent son to read this novel without serious parental discussion and guidance.
Similarly there was an separate episode, involving a different apparent crime that occurred followed by a criminal trial which appeared utterly disconnected with my personal experiences or reality.
I have previously read two novels by Ayn Rand, "Anthem" and "Atlas Shrugged". Both of those novels are dystopian novels. I really wish I could have met Ayn Rand. I have a feeling she must be a very interesting person. I intend to reread Atlas Shrugged for study purposes, but not right away. I need a break from Miss Rand.
In summary, I am very glad to have read this fine novel. It required a real commitment. It is lengthy and it was not always a fun read. It did provide much fuel for thought. I took the time to read other reviews, many of which are excellent. One reviewer stated this was a novel they could read more than one time. Although I completely respect that point of view I can't say that for myself. There are novels I read more than once for the pure enjoyment of it. This is not one of them. I would need a good reason to read this novel again. Thank You...
I've read a few other books by Ayn Rand - many favor Atlas Shrugged, but for me, The Fountainhead is the best. Many of the major characters do not grow or change their views as the timeline of the book progresses. They know they should, but they don't have the courage to change. The few that do change,even slightly and to their own surprise, find what they're looking for.......