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Fountainhead

207 Ratings: 2.4
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
34 reviews about Fountainhead
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.
Quick Tip by . June 03, 2010
So long! But a good read...
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
Ok book, read it in AP english
review by . September 30, 2009
   I read this book along with Atlas Shrugged and found them both to be some of the most powerful reading I had ever experienced. Ms. Rand was a phenominal story-teller providing so many interesting characters overcoming impossible odds to show that individuality is preferrable to collectivism.  This book uses architecture as the basis. Anyone deviating from the accepted architectural styles is scorned even if their buildings will be environmentally smart and economical.  Even …
review by . May 01, 2003
The successful philosophical or political novel is a rarity. Of the former, Sartre's "Nausea" is a modern masterpiece. Of the latter, I would nominate Zola's "Germinal" and Steinbeck's "In Dubious Battle" as leading contenders. Of course, "War and Peace" and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" present philosophical ideas, but neither is a novel in the traditional sense. The secret of success in these endeavors is to to present …
review by . October 08, 2002
I read this book along with Atlas Shrugged and found them both to be some of the most powerful reading I had ever experienced. Ms. Rand was a phenominal story-teller providing so many interesting characters overcoming impossible odds to show that individuality is preferrable to collectivism.This book uses architecture as the basis. Anyone deviating from the accepted architectural styles is scorned even if their buildings will be environmentally smart and economical.Even if one doesn't care for the …
review by . January 22, 2002
I read this book in my teenage. It gave me the conviction to pursue my beliefs even if they were against the norm. As an adult the message has stayed with me , though now it has been tempered with my own thinking and experience. Perhaps that is what we are supposed to do anyway.    This book sets forth the idea how by being egoistic we can be truly happy. To put it simplistically, Egoism is defined as following your dream, that dream may very well be to be a good mom.  I …
review by . August 06, 2001
While I am by no means an objectivist, The Fountainhead is one of my favorite books. Why? Because its theme reflects and glorifies my deepest values of art.This is the story about two architects. One, Howard Roark, is a brilliant yet radical artist who wishes to design buildings strictly to satisfy his own desire to create. His uncompromising and unusual designs get him kicked out of school, and he heads to New York to start a career. Roark is pensive man, impossibly confident, proud, and never …
review by . January 20, 2000
Pros: Good story, great characters, outstanding values     Cons: Not everyone can appreciate it.     The Fountainhead is simply my favorite book. I have been an avid reader all my life and I've never found another that "speaks" to me in the same way over and over again. I was an adult before I read this and truly did not put it down once I started (well, maybe to eat and sleep). I was and am profoundly moved by this novel.      …
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