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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
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Mar 14, 2010

bookshelves: 1940s, classics, made-into-movies, own, multiple, read-2010
Read from February 28 to March 13, 2010 — I own a copy

I'm reading this book for English class. It's not exactly required, but if you do an essay on it, you get extra credit. Also, there is a scholarship competition concerning this book, which I'm going to have a whack at. I think this is one of those books where the story is enjoyable as long as you don't look too closely at the ideas.


All right. This book took me 13 days to read. Even though, technically, it is not the longest book I read, it sure feels like it.

Honestly, I will not rate this book, because I have no idea on how to rate it. I hated this book as much as I liked it. I didn't agree with the philosophy at all, but I found myself genuinely interested. The characters were frustrating, but complex. They were more like symbols than anything. Every single conversation was intense to say the least. Every single description and event was completely intentional. It was just a pretty heavy book. I'm glad I read it, and will most likely read it again when I have more reading experience.

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Reading Progress

03/01/2010 page 61
8.66% "I'm actually enjoying it so far."
03/03/2010 page 180
25.57% "I'm sucked in. Gah!"
03/04/2010 page 240
34.09% "Howard Roark just went from selfish douche to rapist."
03/05/2010 page 300
42.61% "What happened to Catherine? Rand hasn't mentioned her in forever."
03/07/2010 page 360
51.14% "Just when I think I can predict what the characters are going to do, they surprise me."
03/08/2010 page 423
60.09% "I like this Wynand guy. This might be my favorite section yet."
03/09/2010 page 480
68.18% "I'm having trouble guessing on how this book will end."
03/10/2010 page 540
76.7% "Just started the Howard Roark section."
03/11/2010 page 600
85.23% "Almost done, and I still have no idea where I stand with this book."
03/12/2010 page 660
93.75% "Almost....there....."
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