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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
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Oct 03, 12

bookshelves: dumb

I thought that Roark - the main character - was arrogant and immature, especially in his last, destructive act. His rant against the value of social responsibility was hysterical. I saw the novel as a commentary on the childish and selfish nature of the individual - the “if I can’t have it, no one can” mentality. I later found out that the author intended this as a serious study of individualism. Rand and heR philosophy would later be embraced by political conservatives in the US (in fact, Paul Ryan recently mentioned Rand as an influence on his world view). That explains a lot. I filed this on the dumb shelf.
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