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Fountainhead
Fountainhead
Author: Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand's bestseller tells the story of a staunchly individualist architect (based on Frank Lloyd Wright) who combats the collectivist (i.e., mediocre) impulses of his fellow Americans. The book is both a compulsively readable, steamy novel and an articulation of Rand's views.
ISBN-13: 9780808519386
ISBN-10: 0808519387
Publication Date: 10/1999
Reading Level: Young Adult
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  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.
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2.7 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush
Book Type: School Library Binding
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
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CocoCee avatar reviewed 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: 7
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
* * * *. 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
Read for school. There were parts that I enjoyed, but I don't agree with Rand's philosophies and 700 + pages was a lot to slug through when I wasn't really committed.
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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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