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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Highbridge Co; Unabridged edition (Jan. 31 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565115481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565115484
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 109 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 342 customer reviews
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The difference between this long-forgotten exercise in paranoia and other futuristic visions of a world controlled by the state, such as Aldous Huxley's or George Orwell's, is the extremist tone of Rand's story. The author lived in a black-and-white world in which things social or communal are evil and things individual and selfish are exalted. This "anthem" culminates in a hymn to the concepts of "I" and "ego," where the rebels are those who resist group action; the oppressors are government officials and others who attempt to provide a safety net for the less fortunate. The production is not improved by the theatricality of narrator Paul Meier, which is reminiscent of a ham Victorian actor intoning an overwrought melodrama. Not recommended.
Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Hailed by The New York Times as "a compelling dystopian look at paranoia from one of the most unique and perceptive writers of our time," this brief, captivating novel offers a cautionary tale. The story unfolds within a society in which all traces of individualism have been eliminated from every aspect of life—use of the word "I" is a capital offense. The hero, a rebel who discovers that man's greatest moral duty is the pursuit of his own happiness, embodies the values the author embraced in her personal philosophy of objectivism: reason, ethics, volition, and individualism.
Anthem anticipates the themes Ayn Rand explored in her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Publisher's Weekly acclaimed it as "a diamond in the rough, often dwarfed by the superstar company it keeps with the author's more popular work, but every bit as gripping, daring, and powerful."
Dover (2013) republication of the edition published by Pamphleteers, Inc., Los Angeles, 1946.
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Format: Paperback
Equality 7-2521 who speaks of himself in the first person plural makes a few discoveries that lead him to rethink the nature and purpose of man.

I will not go through this short story blow by blow, as the fun in this book is to discover what Equality 7-2521 discovers. Would you draw the same conclusion or follow the same course? You will find yourself kibitzing and cringing.

"You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny." (Brihadaranyaka IV.4.5)

For the person that is new to Ayn Rand this is as good place to start, as any and it will be an eye opener. If you have the time to read "Atlas Shrugged" the concepts, thoughts, and speeches are more complete.

Pro or con, you cannot afford to pass this book. You may be surprised to find that you are surrounded by Objectivists.
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Having read THE FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SHRUGGED many, many years ago, and having both those books completely change my life, I wanted to see what ANTHEM was all about. One often fears that a great writer has "used up" their energy and creativity in their major opus, and this was my hesitation in coming to this book. But my fears were unfounded, for ANTEHM is just as good as anything else Rand has written. The characters are as deep and complex as they are in her other works, and as usual, she has a powerful message. While I tend to stick with a good page-turner like THE DA VINCI CODE or THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD, I do occasionally go back to what I term "classical" writers. ANTHEM is one book that Rand fans must read. Shorter and less heavy than FOUNTAINHEAD or ATLAS, this makes for a great summer read.
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By A Customer on June 26 2000
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Leonard Peikoff doesn't want you to know this, but the U.S. version of this novella has been in the public domain since 1974 - that's why he padded this edition with a marked-up version of the British text (so he could copyright it). You can read ANTHEM online for free if you know where to look.
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Ayn Rand delivers this brief didactic story in a powerful way. It is short, but sharp. It clearly and quickly brings across its point. It reveals the philosophy of objectivism.

I don't totally agree with the philosophy evident in this novel. However, I do find many good things about it, so I do feel there is a great of value in this novel. It has value in that it attacks collectivism.
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Ayn depicts a paranoid world within and a free world beyond in her most thought provoking short story. Right out of the gate, I sensed parallels to many political and/or religious structures that have existed, some still to this day, wherein freedom of thought and personal identity are arrested and denied to the citizenry. Though I did not discern why the subject society felt the need to escape from and abandon the free world, it seems to have been rejected more out of fear and a lack of connectedness than for any other reasons. Nevertheless, it took but one brave soul with independent thought and vision to make the trek forward to rediscover what had been left behind long before, complete with purpose and personal identity. He shed his 'collective we' personna and discovered his spiritually unique self with hope and joy of infinite possibility to begin anew with the lessons learned. In the reading of it, my mind wandered as I contemplated how this strange regression might occur in the free world today. Here is a simplistic view of how I envision it might happen. Opinions of freedom of thought and ideas are becoming increasingly polarized between liberalism and conservatism to the extent that balanced centrist positions are either disappearing or barely recognized. Our liberal eagerness for tolerance and political correctness, while admirable in intent, is ever more demanding that we think exactly alike and embrace an identical set of ideals that are enforceable in the legal system. In the extreme, this conformation may become complete, with rights even reversed, and in time, individualism might be lost or at least repressed. As extremism reaches the far left of the continuum, it literally becomes the right when we are enacted into a prison similar to what is described in this book. I gave Ayn's noble piece of work five (5) stars and recommend it as a revealing insight into the human condition.
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Anthem by Ayn Rand is by far the best book by hers that I've read in a long time. I have several of her other books already and have gone so far as to underline the most meaningful parts (I've read each several times). She says things that others are afraid to say for fear of being (gasp) selfish. She, in her books, tells us that it's ok to be selfish, that it's our duty to look out for ourselves first. No one else will look out for you other than you. I realize that's an extreme way to look at things, but in this day and age of if you are more successful than your neighbor you get taxed more to help "others". Helping and the insidious guilt for not doing so is a terrible way to enforce this forced servitude as Ms. Rand calls it. Her books and her philosophy are eye openers indeed. It's a pity she isn't around anymore to keep writing what we all know is true but afraid to say most of the time. It's even worse to know that when we do speak up about the status quo, we get shut out like the characters Howard Roark and Dagny Taggart.
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