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Subject: the fountainhead
Date Posted: 7/5/2008 10:42 PM ET
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anyone read this? I just started and it's a little daunting because of the length. is it worth reading?

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 8:47 AM ET
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Hannah, I read it a few years ago--one of those classics I figured I just needed to read to be well read.  It was daunting, and I really slogged through it, stubbornly.  I actually didn't care for it, despite it's classic status, and really had to force myself to finish it.  I wasn't sure its length was necessary to make its point either.  I think it's one of those classics you either 'get' or not....I'm in the not category, and think there's no shame in quitting it, LOL.

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 9:31 AM ET
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Hannah, I read all of the Ayn Rand books as a teenager and loved them.  That was many years ago so I don't know how I would like them now. 

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 11:02 AM ET
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I enjoyed it although there were some things that I thought were a little weird (like the heroine) but overall it was worth reading but not nearly as good as her other book Atlas Shrugged.

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 1:44 PM ET
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I loved it! Once you get into it the size of the book is not a factor.

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 2:32 PM ET
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i loved it, too, and am looking forward to reading atlas shrugged...

Subject: It's funny what you remember . . .
Date Posted: 7/6/2008 7:16 PM ET
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but I remember Ayn Rand's novels being really important to me in high school.  Maybe it's time for a revisit.

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 12:22 AM ET
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I read it and Atlas Shrugged for the first time in high school and have re-read them since.  I love them both, but her work seems to be "love it or hate it". 

If you wanted something a little less intimidating (size wise), you might consider Anthem or We the Living,  I think We the Living is the most readable of her books - it's more character driven and it doesn't beat you over the head with her philosophy quite as much.    :)


Date Posted: 7/7/2008 11:55 PM ET
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hmm thanks for the feedback. I'm only in the first 30 pages at this point. it seems interesting, I mainly picked it up because I'm into the subject of architecture and I really like the ideas that Roark has about his building and stuff. I hope the rest of the book follows suit. :) I think this is going to take me a while though. I keep stopping just to think about what I've read. It's a little heavy...


Date Posted: 7/8/2008 10:17 AM ET
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i started it about 20 times before i actually got through it...and it ended up being on my list of all-time favorites.  Once i got into it i really couldn't put it down.  I took it with me on a long trip...and purposefully didn't bring another book...and that sorta forced me to get "over the hump".  I'm so glad i did.  I've read Atlas Shrugged as well...and i must say i liked the Fountainhead better.  I would advise AGAINST watching the movie, however.  The book is FAR superior...even if it is perhaps a bit too long.

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 2:04 PM ET
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Liked the storyline on one level, HATED the objectivistic theory behind it overall.

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 1:19 PM ET
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I really enjoyed it.  The characters kept me drawn into the story for the whole book.

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 2:49 PM ET
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I liked Atlas Shrugged better, but that one is even longer.   It took me a year to read the first time.  I've read it several times since, and very quickly.  Her politics do tend to polarize people.  Not for everyone.

Now that I think about it, I've found all of hers I've read a little slow the first time thru. 

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 8:24 PM ET
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wow, thanks! I'm were the Dean is trying to explain to him why he was expelled. i definitely want to know what happens next...I think I'll stick with it. :) thanks again everyone!