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189 Ratings: 2.6
1943 novel by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead is a 1943 novel by Ayn Rand. It was Rand's first major literary success and its royalties and movie rights brought her fame and financial security. The book's title is a reference to Rand's statement that "man's … see full wiki

Author: Ayn Rand
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Signet
Date Published: August 01, 1996
33 reviews about Fountainhead
review by . November 10, 2008
This novel predates Atlas Shrugged, and sometimes reads like a prequel telling the backstory of John Galt's life before he went on strike in Atlas. In its focus on individual characters, it sharpens the picture of pain and painful consequences to significant choices that drive the character's in Rand's objectivist world, so in some ways is more interesting and readable than Atlas Shrugged. It is more traditionally novelistic and less explicitly philosophical.
review by . July 18, 2009
Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead," is perhaps one of the most well known books ever written.  Along those lines, Ayn Rand has also written "Atlas Shrugged."  They're mostly the only two books you need to read in order to grap Ayn Rand's philosophy (Though "Anthem" and "We the Living" certainly do help as well).  I want to precede this review by saying we're not going to talk much about Objectivism here.  I want to talk about The Fountainhead.  …
review by . June 11, 2010
What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why?   Inspiring, in that the ideas and characters were all so alive.     Who would you recommend this reading to and why?   Absolutely!  The Fountainhead is so inviting to read as well as it offers far developed ideas.     Consider the story/plot.   The Fountainhead follows a true artist-architect Howard Roark-through his brilliant creations, true love, and his reaction with the rest …
review by . July 15, 2010
   This book really made me think about things in ways I'd never considered.  It challenged all of my belief systems and went against everything I had been taught.  I have to say I enjoyed it.       The idea that a man should live for himself and not for anyone else.  That seeking anyone's approval is worthless, only your own opinion should matter.  That ego and selfishness are good things and should be encouraged.  That your own …
Quick Tip by . October 05, 2010
Frightening. For a somewhat more serious discussion of quality, check out Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance. At least he's not a greed-head like Rand.
Quick Tip by . October 05, 2010
My most favorite book EVER. Do we want quality or do we want mediocrity?
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Great story of what it means to be a person of integrity. I would say as a story, this is better than Atlas Shrugged.
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
One of my personal favorites, "The Fountainhead," managed to drag up emotions that not many others could. Triumph and defeat, when described in the work, became personal successes and losses. It takes a special book to do that.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
the individuality/creativity theme is pretty overdone, and it's hard to relate to the main characters
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
One of my favorite books. Really eye opening, and makes you reconsider some things you take for granted.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
really makes you think about not "what" your goals are in life, but "why" your goals are
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
A long book, but worth the end results. Great narrative of the life and times of the 30's.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
Just finished listening to this one on CD. It was 30+ hours long. It definitely could have been shorter. Well written though, there are some really good parts.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
This book and Atlas Shrugged are both good. Don't let the size of these books discourage you from reading them. They are excellent.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Long, but still a good read. Lots of questions about life are discussed, so be prepared to think a bit.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
My second favorite Rand book - after Atlas Shrugged.
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
My eyes were opened so wide by this book. Powerful.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
Ayn Rand's characters are so epic!
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
good and weird
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Another Classic.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Sometimes the best way to write a manifesto is to put it in the guise of a novel.
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
Howard Roark - yum.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
This book seems boring and hard at first but as you keep reading it it becomes interesting, although i don't recommend it for a quick read, its long.
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
I loved the book in high school, but when I re-read it as an adult I found it not insightful but misanthropic.
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