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 of the superficial world.
Consider character development.
Excellent character development.
Consider themes and motifs.
The Media and its superficial world/control, truth, beauty
Consider literary elements used, such as metaphors
There is both the real and the superficial found in the world
What was the message/purpose of the writing?
To spread the author's philosophy
Compare and contrast reading with other book types
For as sophisticated the philosophy in this book is, it is so easy to read because it is so engaging.
Reflect on the author.
I don't agree with Ayn Rand's philosophy, although she is my favorite novelist. I do not this competitiveness and selfishness are central to flourish for any person or in any world.
What did you think of this review?
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 ego is the fountainhead of human progress."
The Fountainhead's protagonist, Howard Roark, is an individualistic young architect who chooses to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise his artistic and personal vision. The book follows his battle to practice modern architecture, which he believes to be superior, despite an establishment centered on tradition-worship. How others in the novel relate to Roark demonstrates Rand's various archetypes of human character, all of which are variants between Roark, the author's ideal man of independent-mindedness and integrity, and what she described as the "second-handers." The complex relationships between Roark and the various kinds of individuals who assist or hinder his progress, or both, allows the novel to be at once a romantic drama and a philosophical work.
The manuscript was rejected by twelve publishers before a young editor, Archibald Ogden, at the Bobbs-Merrill Company publishing house wired to the head office, "If this is not the book for you, then I am not the editor for you." Despite generally negative early reviews from the contemporary media, the book gained a following by word of mouth and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. The...