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The Fountainhead Publisher: Plume; CENTENNIAL EDITION edition Paperback – 1993
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When the Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision and her groundbreraking phlosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This edition contains a special Afterword by Rand's literary executors, Lenoard Peikoff, which includes excerpts from Ayn Rand's own notes on the making of the Fountainhead. As fresh today as it was then, here is a novel about a hero-and about those who try to destroy him.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is not some bubble head beach novel.
This is a timeless classic written by one of histories most brilliant and prolific writers.
This is a masterpiece!!! You need to have some time and intelligence to appreciate a book of this magnitude.
Was Charles Dickens a flawed writer? The way he used pity to manipulate his readers, was it realistic or sensible? Did he contribute with a Christmas Carol to a season run amok. Ayn Rand gives a unique perspective on love, challenges it as the highest virtue, but then accepts it on new terms. Great Expectations, Sentimental Education, and The Sorrows of Young Werther did the same as so many other great novels. She destroys vanity on unique terms. She demonstrates what it means to follow a vocation and puts this at new heights. She shows the illusion of power, as well as, and as uniquely as Flaubert or Proust. She made the parable of talents come alive. Is her view classic and timely - especially now when so many rally around the most trite 'collectivist' gangs and in an age where we have 'collectivist' vying for who is the most discriminated against only to justify their discrimination and hatred towards others - like some smorgasbord of Mien Kampf (my struggle) thug groups. Ayn Rand exposes this and says principles and ideas are what make us human in any real sense - human reason - tied to fullfilling what is in your heart and your pursuit of happiness. Is that so bad? Can you make yourself happy without blaming or controlling others? What a challenge. A great book. I wish I had read it when I was younger.
What does it take to follow your heart? To be a creative spirit in a world swallowed in shallow noise. Isaac Newton taught classes even when no one was in the room, Da Vinci would walk away from half completed paintings because in his mind it was already complete, leaving many angry patrons. What does it take to clear the noise and follow your heart especially when so many look and direct their attention in ways completely opposite to this. This books gives some direction in that regard and some clues as to what the sirens/lower distractions one will encounter in finding your home/your heart are.
This book id haunting. It is another way of looking at the world - the closest parallel might be a Euclidian one where if there is a God he is to be found in nature - as in science. Newton also had the same view of math and science reflecting God's mind. As you get older you realize how much of human reality, because that is what it largely is, is just made up. Most people have no idea what they are doing, even those in authority, they follow training procedures etc. but they say just crap and do not follow the law or reason. Life is largely a question of will and then it is a question of whose will. Two of the characters get sucked into a pretense of success then they discover their lives were fake. One was following a kafkaesque will the other the will of the Masses. The Hero was following his own will - and what a struggle that is.
The Priests of the Ziggurat or Angkor Wat, or what have you, would shroud the peoples in superstition. The disciple would be led to unveil the shrouds of deception to a higher place and see that it was all illusion as veils are exposed and discarded. Ayn Rand takes one to that place strait away.
Things you might learn - How and why society is lead by so many idiots.
The reality that you are surrounded by idiots and what you might do about it. Vanity/fame/fortune are not the answer.
What it takes to cut through the noise of life/society and feed the most important quality in you - that creative one that makes you you. You may have to make a religious sacrifice and that sacrifice is to yourself.