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The Fountainhead


'The Fountainhead' is one of the greatest books of its time. In it you will meet, head-on, the brilliant young architect Howard Roark. You will ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.750

Collectivism denounced early

by Neil on Aug 16, 2012

More timely than ever during the Obama y,ears when a so-called "fairer" society is being touted, the classic novel bolsters the view of a single person's right to his own accomplishment. The architect hero did, indeed, BUILD that only to be put on trial for destroying it after ignornat masses, mass media, and massive governm,ent turned it into a permanent abortion.

Carol B

One can see why the author's been rediscovered

by Carol B on Sep 3, 2010

I really enjoyed this although it was a bit preachy at times, but even then, the sermons fit into the plot. Liberals may hate it, but too bad for them. Minds should be open!


It 's a must read

by nluna on Jun 18, 2009

This is a book that has an excellent command of language. It is the type of book which a reader will read over and over--including me. The characters are as up to date today as when the book was written.


Great book

by janis6west on May 14, 2009

This book was good. I ordered it after I watched the movie about Ayn Rand's life. I also watched the movie The Fountainhead. The book was different than most but good reading.


Wright and Wrong

by PubliusMinor on Jul 10, 2008

I am working my way through the works of Ayn Rand, an author who was mentioned in hushed, scandalized tones when I was a young man...certainly not the kind of book allowed in school libraries. Now that I am a high school teacher, I wish Rand's works were more widely read because of her belief in individualism. The Fountainhead is the story of an uncompromising young architect who sets himself against the establishment, celebrating functional design over slavish imitation and empty ornamentation. The plot is a bit like a Greek tragedy in which the hero's strengths are his greatest liabilities. Roark's refusal to submit to groupthink threatens lesser men who try to destroy him. They fail in part because he is as immune to external condemnation as he is to others' praise. His faith in the rightness of his work is its own reward. Predictable at times, perhaps a bit long, a very good book that makes important points and misses real greatness by very little.

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