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The Fountainhead
The Fountainhead
Author: Ayn Rand
A story of Howard Roark, an intransigent young architect whose genius and integrity will not be compromised. His ideas work against conventional standard result. He's also in an explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him.
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PBS Market Price: $9.20 or $5.30+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780451191151
ISBN-10: 0451191153
Publication Date: 9/1/1996
Pages: 720
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 372 ratings
Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 8
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.
CocoCee avatar reviewed The Fountainhead on + 404 more book reviews
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: 4
* * * *. 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: 3
One of my favorite books about staying true to yourself and the beauty of capitalism
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Helpful Score: 2
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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Very thought provoking.
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Wonderful book!!
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A lot of imagery
JoJo46580 avatar reviewed The Fountainhead on + 65 more book reviews
Good entertainment!
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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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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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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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This book is absolutely phenomenal. It is my favorite book of Rand's and one of my favorite books of any author.
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One of my all-time favorites. A great story of an artist struggling against the status quo.
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One of the greatest novels in out national literature, it tells of the desperate battle waged by architect Howard Roark, whose genius and integrity were as unyielding as granite.
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It has many similarities with Rand's other book (Atlas Shrugged) which I have also read and liked better. I even had to check the journal entries to make sure the character names were not the same. This time Howard Roark is an architect which is kicked out of school and fired from jobs. Dominique loves him ... yet marries 2 other men instead.
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This is my favorite book. I can't imagine surviving the absurdity that was college without it. Over the years I read it a couple of times and each time I enjoyed it more than the last.

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