lofti-reader, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by lofti-reader)
Looooove this book. 2010 was a year for regularly recommended but often ignored books for me. The Fountainhead and A Prayer for Owen Meany stand out as all-time favorites, and books I will certainly read again and again.
eglazier, January 9, 2010 (view all comments by eglazier)
i first read this novel when it was published in 1943 and it captured me completely, but then i was only 14 and i thought as a child.
for all its vaunted fame, it probably is one of the most badly written novels i have had the misfortune to wade through. even if one ignores its childish philosophy that cannot stand up to the scrutiny of the mind of the average adult, the novel itself is full of wooden characters doing stupid things and , because of the mind of the author, getting away with them. there is nothing in this novel that could be called realistic, as anyone who has lived and worked even for a decade in the real world of people would know.
i guess that the worst thing about the novel is that to any thinking person, it is one big bore.
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Davey929, December 27, 2009 (view all comments by Davey929)
A long but worthwhile read. It's been misunderstood over the years, but I've loved 'The Fountainhead' for its celebration of creation, artistry, individual thinking, and the power of the ego. The philosophies in this book changed my life. It's much less daunting than 'Atlas Shrugged,' Ayn Rand's other novel, and you will never forget Howard Roark.
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drawing_dancer_girl, March 31, 2008 (view all comments by drawing_dancer_girl)
When Roark is expelled from Stanton University he realizes that it is just the beginning of his life. He moves to New York. His classmate Peter Keating works for Francon & Heyer while Roark works for Henry Cameron. Roark tries to get work but is having a lot of trouble he gets fired and is often short on money. Eventually he ends up in a quarry where he meets Dominique. She instantly loves him and is afraid that the world will destroy him. Soon Roark goes back to New York to work because he has a commission. Peter Keating is making it to the top thanks to Ellsworth Toohey, but for Roark, all he gets from Toohey is criticism. Toohey is out to create a world where he is the leader and everyone submits to popular opinion. For Toohey, Roark is the ultimate challenge. Roark gets sued for bombing his own building that was altered for “the better good”. Roark makes a really long speech at the trial and is acquitted. In the end everyone gets the outcome they deserve.
The main conflict of the book is individualism verses collectivism. Rand wants people to see that it’s okay to be and individual and to live up to your full potential. In the book Roark is and individual and Toohey is a second-hander. She encourages greatness and inspires the individual to become their own person in the world we have today. This book is a fast-paced, exciting read, and I would recommend The Fountainhead to anybody looking for a new take on life.
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When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This edition contains a special Afterword by Rand's literary executor, Leonard Peikoff which includes excerpts from Ayn Rand's own notes on the making of The Fountainhead. As fresh today as it was then, here is a novel about a hero--and about those who try to destroy him.
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