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Subject: Ayn Rand anyone?
Date Posted: 7/26/2009 10:07 PM ET
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I finished The Fountainhead last year and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! I think it's one of the best books I've ever read. Rand is a fantastic writer. Anyone else love the book? Anyone else in love with Howard Roark?? :)  I think he's one of my all-time favorite literary characters.

I've also read Anthem - which was good - and I bought Atlas Shrugged and We the Living. Thoughts on either of those? Will they be as good as The Fountainhead?

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 10:31 PM ET
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Sarah,

I am in the midst of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. I truly enjoyed Anthem and have yet to read the Fountainhead.  What were your thoughts on Anthem?

 

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 12:53 AM ET
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I love Atlas Shrugged-all the rich people band together and stop paying their taxes; society crumbles.

 

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 10:11 AM ET
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Michael,

The Anthem was not really what I expected, but I loved it (I'm not sure what I expected). I love books centered around the idea of a so-called "utopian" world and the loss of individualism (ie: Brave New World, 1984, The Giver).  I think Ayn Rand has a really unique use of language. I feel like her writing/thoughts are really profound - one of the main reasons I loved The Fountainhead. I found myself rereading and underlining passages throughout the book. I'm not sure how to describe it, but I think her wording is really beautiful! She's truly a talented writer.

But, as for The Anthem, I thought it was really exciting and I loved the ending. I really get draw into these stories through characters that stand up against the norm and fight for change in their society. Talking about this book makes me want to reread it! Your thoughts?

Btw, The Fountainhead is a MUST.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 10:53 AM ET
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I liked Atlas Shrugged a lot, I read that one before the Fountainhead.  Fountainhead was just really really strange for me.  What the heck was the deal with the heroine?  And her relationship with Roark was really really weird and squicky.  I also found Roark not as likable a hero as some of the ones in AS, although Toohey was a much better villain. 

Anthem I liked, it was really short and reminded me of other dystopia stories like Animal Farm and Harrison Bergeron that I really love.



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Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 7/29/2009 10:23 PM ET
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I liked Anthem, but thought the very ending was a little corny. Otherwise it was really good. i also like the distopia style books.

I havvent read any of the others yet.