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 »ad stood forth from the mindless human herd. He was a man alone. Ayn Rand's classic tale of a future dark age of the great "We"--a world that deprives individuals of name, independence, and values--anticipates her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
This centennial edition of Anthem, celebrating the controversial and enduring legacy of its author, features an introduction by Rand's literary executor, Leonard Peikoff, which includes excerpts from documents by Ayn Rand--letters, interviews, and journal notes in which she discusses Anthem. This volume also includes a Reader's Guide to her her writings and philosophy.« less
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.