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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
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Jan 14, 14

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Recommended to Shriya by: Nadiya
Read in February, 2007

This book is what I turn to when nothing else works. It is written beautifully, passionately. Mere words here do it no justice. This was a book to learn from. How to live, how to work, and what it means to make a difference in the world...I have pages folded, dog-eared - that I come back to and read because it's so good.

Rand presents a world with ideal characters - the ideal man and the ideal woman. The book is a testament to the human spirit. The plot is fast-paced, drags a little until the first 100 pages or so, but quickens considerably beyond this point. Characters are symbolic in nature, and represent various aspects of the objectivist ideals as promoted by Rand. The language is powerful in its comdemnation of mediocrity. The book offers a unique representation of integrity; the characters are juftified through their work, and need no other means of justification.
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Ayn Rand
“I think the man who designed this should have committed suicide. A man who can conceive a thing as beautiful as this should never allowed it to be erected. He should not want to exist. But he will let it be built, so that women will hang out diapers on his terraces, so that men will spit on his stairways and draw dirty pictures on his walls. He's given it to them and he's made it part of them, part of everything. He shouldn't have offered it for men like you to look at. For men like you to talk about. He's defiled his own work by the first word you'll utter about it. He's made himself worse than you are. You'll be committing only a mean little indecency, but he's committed a sacrilege. A man who knows what he must have known to produce this should not have been able to remain alive.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead


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