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Anthem by Ayn Rand
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Oct 24, 2011

bookshelves: 2011, genre-philosphy, genre-dystopia
Read from October 24 to November 02, 2011 — I own a copy

I liked some of what Ayn Rand wrote, but I think that the ending is too strongly selfish. There is too much of a “this extreme” or “that extreme” approach. That may not be what the author is advocating, but from what I’ve read about her, that really is what she supports. I think that people should be true to themselves in ways that are healthy for the group that they belong to. I know that there are many benefits that come from belonging to a group that make our lives so much more meaningful and beautiful than if we didn’t have them. We can’t let ourselves get entirely caught up in our own concerns, but neither can we lose our identity in belonging strictly to a group. I think that there is more balance to this issue than Ayn Rand allows for.

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10/24/2011 page 37
14.0% "So far this is very similar to other dystopias that I've read, except I really like the language use of the author to demonstrate that the idea of the singular doesn't extend to people. Interesting."

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