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Anthem by Ayn Rand
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Jan 08, 2010

really liked it

An unusual book. Ayn Rand skillfully paints a blend of opposite emotions on a totaltarian society. One where everything is dictated by supposed "wise men". The oppression and hopelessness are felt by the main characters whom were all taught the very same views in school, what their jobs would be, when they had to retire, everything. The book represents everything I despise of a society like that. Ayn Rand contrasts this dark and dreary place with the opposite. Hope, inspiration, courage and excitement. The characters escape the society and eventually found a mansion filled with thousands of books on philosphy, relgion, etc. The group then experience the concept of individualism instead of being designated by a number. They joyfully begin the journey towards free will. A very moving book. Among my top ten books of all time. I would recommend this book to anyone regardless of preferred genres.
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