Book Reviews of The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead
The Fountainhead
Author: Ayn Rand
ISBN-13: 9780451133199
ISBN-10: 0451133196
Publication Date: 4/1/1952
Pages: 695
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
Story of the individual versus the group. You root for the little guy. You boo and hiss the "Man" and those who attempt to squash the dream. Classic book.
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Helpful Score: 7
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
One of my favorite books about staying true to yourself and the beauty of capitalism
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Helpful Score: 3
* * * *. Literature. A student of architecture is expelled from school for clinging to his beliefs regarding innovative architecture. He then begins amassing his own clientele who are aligned with his beliefs, while others are determined to ruin his career and livelihood. It's the independent thinker versus the comformist. There are no guns used here, but it is a war as idealists on one extreme hold their beliefs against those on the other end.

Intelligent, thought-provoking, and allegorical.
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Helpful Score: 2
Read for school. There were parts that I enjoyed, but I don't agree with Rand's philosophies and 700 + pages was a lot to slug through when I wasn't really committed.
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Helpful Score: 2
50th Anniversary Edition with Afterword by Leonard Peikoff. This is must reading for the Ayn Rand fan.
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Helpful Score: 2
Classic novel about the struggle of the individual against society. Extremely well written. It's a classic for good reason!
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Helpful Score: 2
I just wanted to soak up every aspect of this book. I could not consume it quickly enough. Rand is a genius, and she can express ideas like nobody else can. I underlined passages throughout the whole book, and I kept finding myself exclaiming, "Yes! That's exactly how I feel!" Her wording and use of language is beautiful and profound.

Not only did I fall in love with her writing style, I absolutely fell in love with the characters. In no other book have I ever felt so drawn to and fascinated by the characters. I just want to marry Howard Roark. He is my favorite literary character of all time. And Dominique Francon. Good for her!

I come across very few books that I feel are worth the time to reread, but this will one day be the novel I've read more than any other.

I feel like I can't find the words to describe my love for this book, so, I'll just end by saying that as someone who has a degree in literature and has read countless books, I can easily say The Fountainhead is my favorite.
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Wellspring of poisoned thought.
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A bit repetitive, but overall pretty good (if you like Ayn Rand). An interesting look at her political views through architecture.
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One of my all time favorite books!
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Excellent - My absolute favorite of Ayn Rand books.
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Great book but Atlas Shrugged is still my favorite by Ayn Rand. Definitely worth the long read.
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very puzzling book, made me think for days
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One of my favorite novels of all time. The architect Howard Roark and his struggle against the status quo is a classic story.
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Great classic story. A little idealistic and preachy, but well worth the read. Just skim the sermons!
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One of my favorite books of all time. I've read it at least three times. Read this as your first Ayn Rand book. Then read "Atlas Shrugged."
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A lot of imagery
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The worst novel in the English language by the worst writer who ever tried to write a novel. Trivial detail upon trivial detail; predictable story; interruptive expostulations of poorly-thought-out "philosophizing"; characters who finally become quite boring in the length of 700 pages. Praised mostly by corporate capitalist centrists for its selfish, arrogant, insulting philosophy of "look-out-for-yourself-and-screw-the-rest" -- the only reason to read it is to be reassured in the reason to resist.
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I listen to books in the car and this a really great reading of this Ayn Rand classic which I have always wanted to read. The ideals that Ayn Rand espoused are thought-provoking and are timely now that our economy is in peril. I recommend highly this audio rendition.
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This book was highly recommended to me by my brother. I have to admit I did not love this one. It tells the story of two architects, the woman they both are interested in, and a newspaper writer. The book has an interesting plot line, and the characters are unique. It's an interesting read.
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Though long, Rand's novel is so thought provoking and insightful, you won't want to put it down.
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Amazing
just amazing!
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Rand's writing is thought-provoking, and for the first part of the book, I was compelled to read further. But I did grow weary of Roark and several other of the characters by the time I finished the book.
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Wonderful book!!
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the best of the Rand classics
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Very thought provoking.
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Excellent book! I love the philospohy of the main character!
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It seems it is possible to enjoy someone's work if you wouldn't enjoy his/her company. I love the philosophy Rand presents here. Inspiring, bold, brilliant. The characters are memorable; Rand brings philosophy to life and makes it accessible. Plus, it's a great story with one of the world's best, most visual endings. Gives me chills every time I read it (and yes, despite its bulk, I read it about once a year). Worth it.
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Good entertainment!
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One of the greatest books I have read! I must have highlighted half of it! A must read in today's society!
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Queen of the Atheists.
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Inspiring!
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Great book. A must read.
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ON my list of top 3 lifetime favorites - a must read for everyone.
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Twenty-nine years ago, THE FOUNTAINHEAD createda public furor and a world-wide interest in its brilliant author. It is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggled to defeat him. Ayn Rand's daringly original philosophy, Objectivism, first presented in THE FOUNTAINHEAD, has won her an enthusiastic following and international acclaim as one of the most towering figures on the contemporary intellectiual scene. "A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly...This is the only novel of ideas written by an AMerican woman that I can recall." NY Times
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a classic
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A story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him.
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Absolute garbage. Mrs. Rand's writing is contrived and at times corny. If you're passed the age of 25 and still like this trash, you should really take a good look at yourself and reevaluate what's important in life.
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Good book
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The other member reviews of this crack me up.

"The beauty of capitialism" - Nice one.

If you, like me, have the audacity to believe citizens have certain rights to basic needs - this book will be like hell to you.
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CENTENNIAL EDITION. DIFFERENT COVER