One of my all-time favorite books. Unlike some of her other works, which contain long speeches on her philosophy, this one is more about the story and the people. There are still some of her usual underlying themes, but the story itself is completely riveting. I love the characters - they are all interesting, flawed, and real. And the ending is absolutely breathtaking. A perfect ending, in my opinion. This book is great for book clubs to generate a lot of interesting discussion. I've read it twice already, and I'm still blown away by what a master storyteller Ayn Rand is. Her other books are excellent as well (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead) but this one was my clear favorite.
Wanted to refresh my knowledge of Ayn Rand. Read the biggies 30 years ago but today her message is more meaningful. We The Living sets the stage for her future work. In the first pages she tells of the government take over of banks and seizing the contents of safe deposit boxes. Can that happen in America? For the first time ever I see that it is possible. Everyone needs to read books like this written by the people who lived through it to know what socialism/communism really is. We take our freedom for granted.
An exploration of the eternal human struggle between the human individual and the state offers the first installment of Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. The novel is a harsh look at communism in the post-Red revolution of Russia, following three people: Kira, a young, idealistic, woman who bourgeois family was left poverty-stricken following the revolt; Leo, an indifferent young man haunted by the Communists due his late father's war glory; and Andrei, a Communist questioning his own beliefs in the system he has risen up in so quickly. Despite the fact that this novel is set in a far-away time and place to most of its readers, it is a book which I felt an extremely strong connection with. Everybody knows a Leo: flippant, handsome, could get any girl he wants -- but he has serious character flaws, and tends to be abusive of Kira's love for him. And Kira, the novel's protagonist, is very similar to any youth of today: she does not understand the ideals of the Communist party, but she does know what she believes and is wholeheartedly committed to fulfilling the promise she had at birth.
Another great book by Ayn Rand. One that makes you think.