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Anthem
Anthem
Author: Ayn Rand
He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world he dared to love the woman of his choice. In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilization he had the courage to find and seek knowledge. But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted. He was marked for death because he had committed the unpardonable sin: he h...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780451227577
ISBN-10: 0451227573
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 105
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 48 ratings
Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Leigh avatar reviewed Anthem on + 377 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 16
An extremely quick read that's a bit difficult to get into, initially, because of pronoun use. It's completely understood by the end, though, and serves to emphasize the point of the book. However, if you're familiar at all with Rand, you probably know what she's getting at before you read it.

This is perfect introductory book for anyone interested in Rand who has not yet worked up the courage to tackle _The Fountainhead_ or _Atlas Shrugged_.
tish avatar reviewed Anthem on + 384 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
WOW...it has been years since i have read this book but it will leave you breathless like all of her other books.
it is a story of a man's escape from a society that has become homoginized. a great read
reviewed Anthem on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is another one of those books that I read a long time ago, but that stays in my mind. To me, that is the mark of a truly good book. The negative utopia as seen in this book is only a short distance away if we don't learn that government is here to work for us, and not that we are here to work for the government. Like 1984, this book shows what can happen to a society that gets too dependent on its government. You lose your identity and all that is dear to you. Although it is a very small book, there is a lot of meat in those few pages. I would argue that this tiny novel has as much to contribute as Ayn Rand's other famous (and gigantic) work, The Fountainhead.
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Helpful Score: 1
It's amazing how short the classics actually are in some cases. I flew through this book. It was a very emotional ride, set in a nightmare future that's all to possible...
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Helpful Score: 1
A very short work by Ayn Rand in which she imagines a 1984-like dystopian world. One man and woman attempt to break away from the stern tyrrany, and create a life in which they experience freedom. I loved this book when I read it many years ago: I read it all in one sitting.
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I was prepared to dislike a book by Ayn Rand since my political views are at the opposite end of the spectrum from hers.

However, a girl I was tutoring had been assigned to read it for school, and in order to help her, I had to read it.

I found it interesting and touching. It is a story of escape from a dystopia where all individuality has been lost. Rand creates two charming characters who assert their individuality. It is cleverly written.

As a story, I enjoyed it. As a warning about liberal political ideas, I found it ludicrous. The world she portrayed was way more extreme than even the most radical liberal would ever advocate! She set up a straw man to knock down -- pretty unfair. However, it is a lovely story.


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