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'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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  • Wright and Wrong Jul 10, 2008
    by PubliusMinor

    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.

  • Another outstanding novel... Apr 10, 2007
    by Verbal

    by Ayn Rand. This book follows the story of a very talented and idealistic young architect, who refuses to "sell out" by altering his designs to meet the expectations of society. As Rand follows his struggles, she paints a beautifully rendered portrait of the hopes and ideals of the young, as well as the lines drawn between personal ideals, artistic expression, individualism, and the choices we make just to get by.

  • A book that makes you think Apr 4, 2007
    by Amrita

    This book is great at forcing the reader to question their beiefs about the world. Essentially, The Fountainhead is Ayn Rand's way of spreading her personal philosophical beliefs; everything that happens in the story serves to emphasize her views. However, even though I felt a little brainwashed by the end of the book, I also believe that reading this has given me insight into my own personal beliefs about everything from compassion and charity to the true role of man on earth. Whether or not you agree with Rand, the book will definitely broaden your philosophical horizons.

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