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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 »
ISBN-13: 9780451227577
ISBN-10: 0451227573
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 105
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Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
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The book to read when you need to know what the difference is between We and I. Helps to identify the point in any activity group or relationship where you lose the self identity.
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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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