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The Fountainhead [Audio CD]

Ayn Rand , Christopher Hurt
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Dec 1 1998 1433207044 978-1433207044 Audiobook CD
One of the century’s most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion.

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The Fountainhead has become an enduring piece of literature, more popular now than when published in 1943. On the surface, it is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the book addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, the threat of fascism. The confrontation of those themes, along with the amazing stroke of Rand's writing, combine to give this book its enduring influence. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Ayn Rand's first novel, We the Living, was published in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved spectacular and enduring success. Through her novels and nonfiction writings, which express her unique philosophy, Objectivism, Rand maintains a lasting influence on popular thought.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it yourself April 3 2001
I bought a copy of The Fountainhead at a used bookstore. At the time I had never even heard of Ayn Rand. After reading The Fountainhead I began searching for information about her and was surprised to find how prolific she was. Most people either love her or hate her; no middle ground. Rand has been much criticized for events in her personal life. Let me just say that if all philosophers were discredited on such grounds, there would be few who could withstand such scrutiny. Human beings aren't perfect. Rand's mistakes in her personal life do not detract from her brilliance. Her support of logic over emotion is just plain good sense. She encourages everyone to be self-sufficient and to base their decisions on reason rather than blindly accepting what others would tell you is right based on their own agenda. However, don't take my opinion or that of anyone else. Simply read the book for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Even if you don't agree with Rand's philosophy, the story is riveting. But I must say that the validity of her ideas is illustrated every night on the six o'clock news! Since reading this book I have viewed politics, philosophy, and human relations in an entirely new light.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Better of Rand's Two Epics June 5 2011
By Bart Breen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Of course, this is more than a novel. This is Ayn Rand's attempt to use the vehicle of fiction to present her philosophy of objectivism. In addition, she used another epic type novel, Atlas Shrugged.

In terms of literary value, there is a lot to be desired in this novel. It is long. It rambles in places. It could have used a great deal of editing and rewriting to make it tight and the characters at times seem shallow and are revealed for the literary vehicles they obviously are to make her point.

Why give it 4 stars then?

Because this book has succeeded in what it set out to do. It has stood the test of recent time and grown in popularity. It has had a profound impact in philosophy, politics and simple human values and as such it can be said to truly be a classic.

Lest you think that means that I'm a huge fan of the message of the book, I am not necessarily.

You have to put the book into context however.

Ayn Rand grew up in Soviet Russia and viewed the impact of collectivism and the impact that it had upon the individual when society's needs were elevated above opportunity for the individual to rise and shine. She chafed and wrestled against it.

Introduced to the US and capitalism, she swung in rebellion to her upbringing and sought to elevate selfishness to a virtue which was to be encouraged and allowed with minimal restraint and influence from "Big Brother."

The Fountainhead, in my opinion is better than Atlas Shrugged, because here Rand achieves a more personable protagonist in which there is a sense of idenitification and sympathy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars valley of skyscrapers Oct. 25 2000
By bob
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a 30 year old architect. I read fountainhead for the juicy details of big time architecture. Rand wrote a story that is both bigger than life and true to life. She was a voracious researcher and a highly imaginative writer.
Art imitates life in Fountainhead, in glorified fashion. I can attest from personal experience that a career in architecture does indeed include elements such as school rivalries, office politics, insecurities, megalomania, long hours designing, critiques, skyscrapers, mansions, engineers, contractors, tradesmen, and wealthy clients.
There is mediocrity in American architecture, and there was a modernistic movement in the early twentieth century. Rand abridged it for her story. The lives of her magnified characters are entangled in destiny. This could never happen in real life, could it?
Many scenes are so confident and gritty I cannot forget them. Also, her building descriptions are vivid and beautiful.
As you can tell, I needed some extra excitement in my 9 to 5. I thank Rand for the greatest American story about architects that I know of.
Only, I wish she would have finished it.
I have a big problem with the last third of the book. A misplaced dialectic of philosophy cuts into her ending. The ending is missing something. If only Rand would have kept her artistry and philosophy more separated.
Thus, as is, Fountainhead ultimately is not literature to me, but propaganda. And every person should be wary of propaganda. The message of this story is not universal. It is a mistake for young readers to imitate Rand's protagonist.
Roark is the most wooden hero. He is a robot programmed to design masterpieces. A puppet in a book, not to be confused with a real life fountainhead.
Instead of anthropormizing Roark, look for real life leaders who struggle and ultimately change our world. I know I'm just a regular architect. If I was a fountainhead, I would know it. Don't be a player hater.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fountainhead April 23 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I could not stop my reading,One of the best book,and any person who like to read would think as I do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goos Read April 18 2014
By Amanda
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ayn Rand is a wonderful author. Deceased now, her work lives on in The Fountainhead. With a large vocabulary the Fountainhead encourages readers to know what fastidious and impervious and other larger words mean.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Selfishness above all?
The thinker of selfishness as a virtue has written a few novels which illustrate her competitive vision of society. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Read this years ago but wanted to again, very long and may be a bit tedious for some but its a classic everyone should at least try.
Published 5 months ago by Desiree King
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Captivating
I read this book about 15 years ago and forgot that I read it but realized that the characters and the story are familiar. It was a book that I wanted to finish reading. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chloe White
5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring classic
This enduring classic was written in 1943 – now 70 years later Ayn Rand's philosophy against collectivism is as true today. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Diana E. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to the writings of Ayn Rand
This novel is a great book to read if you would like to begin to understand Ayn Rand's philosophy (objectivism). This book is very philosophical and thought provoking. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Colin Robertson
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Humanity is not going to be saved by building more Stuff! Ayn Rand believes humans are the pinacle, but obviously we are not.
Published 18 months ago by Give Me Something I Can Use
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life
THE FOUNTAINHEAD actually changed my life. Some of it for the better, some not. I took it way too literally when I first read it, and started looking at everyone differently. Read more
Published on April 13 2007 by Blandings C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Literature at it's Finest
Never have I read a novel that made me think as much as "The Fountainhead." I find that the philosophical ideas presented in this novel are easy to grasp and are relevant (to a... Read more
Published on July 2 2006 by Dantea
4.0 out of 5 stars Something Out of the Ordinary
I found The Fountainhead to be an orginal albeit overwhelming novel. The philosophical aspect of the book can be hard to swallow at times, and I found myself reading paragraphs... Read more
Published on June 16 2006 by Brown Sugar
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic - Perhaps The Greatest Novel Of All Time
This is an amazing piece of literature. It is not a book about philosophy. Like all stories, it has philosophical implications because of the nature of the events, but it is in no... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2005 by dprime
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