- Mass Market Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Signet; 25 Anv edition (September 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451191153
- ISBN-13: 978-0451191151
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.5 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,074 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fountainhead has become an enduring piece of literature, more popular now than when published in 1943. On the surface, it is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the book addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, the threat of fascism. The confrontation of those themes, along with the amazing stroke of Rand's writing, combine to give this book its enduring influence. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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 MP3 CD edition.
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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.......
I could go on and on about this work of art, but I will just simply say: do yourself a favor and endulge in Ayn Rand's words and themes.
While I do not agree with Rand's overall philosophies, I will simply say this: This is the best written novel I have ever read with an enchanting and complicated story. Yes, the characters are unrealistic caricatures of the philosophies they represent. The book is an allegory - it's supposed to be that way. All allegories from all philosophers I've ever read (as someone studying philosophy in university) are this way. The characters represent ideas in process of framing the philosophy of Objectivism.
The book is long, and with a full course load in college it took about four months to read. Even if you think the ideas are crazy, it is still a brilliant and tasteful story that is filled with insightful allegories. The writing flows beautifully.
On a final note, I must include that I learned a lot about architecture from this book. It really helped me appreciate the design and effort that goes into the buildings I enter every week and helped me see beautiful art in everyday life. It also got me started in a rudimentary ability to recognize certain styles in architecture - which is in and of itself something priceless to walk away from a book with.