'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'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 witness the beauty, desirability and dangerous ambition of Dominique Francon. You will reel, stunned, like the millions of other readers who have assured this book a place in the century's history, at the meeting, and mating of these two most powerful creatures in modern America. 'The Fountainhead' is about ambition, power, gold and love ? a love so firm that it triumphed over slander, separation, jealousy, and the cruel assaults of those who sought to destroy it.Hide synopsis
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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.
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.
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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