The Fountainhead by Ayn RandThe Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead

byAyn Rand

Paperback | July 29, 2008

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Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtues of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.
Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosoph...
Title:The FountainheadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 9 × 6.23 × 1.26 inPublished:July 29, 2008Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143195034

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting I find people's reaction to Rand's philosophy most interesting. While her characters represents the extremes of her beliefs, the core of her belief is that of individual contribution. Her argument is that we must all rely on our own efforts and it is immoral to depend instead of working.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can I give Zero stars? Aside from the fact that the book is horribly written, I absolutely detest Rand's ultra conservative-capitalist philosophy. Her ideology is crystal clear throughout her work and it was too preachy I found. I understand that she had escaped Russia and stood for the absolute polar opposite of what she thought communism was, but give it a rest lady... has she ever heard of subtly?
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking I really enjoyed this book. It's very long, but, so worth the read.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant This is a story of a young architect who refuses to build conventional old-fashioned buildings but want to build new modern buildings. He refuses to compromise. he would rather be a failure building the types of buildings that he wants to build than a success building the types of buildings that society wants him to build. Along the way is his relationship with the woman who he loves who at the same time wants him to change his principles which he will not compromise. it may seem silly that a person would behave this way just for a building but the entire story is an analogy to political and social principles and persons being allowed by society to determine their own creativity and their own destiny. the book is brilliantly written and will keep you wanting to find out what happens next. Will he stand firm to his principles and succeed? will he and the woman he loves finally be happy together? Read and find out. the book is a social commentary on society.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overlong and dissapointing Not as bad as Atlas Shrugged but still disappointing. The book is much too long with selfish characters and a narrative that is much too slow. I did not finish all of it. Not recommended
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This book describes a very profound point that is missing in this day and age between artists and art. I won't ruin the point for anyone so I suggest reading it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book!! Great book for those who like characters questioning government.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reread One of my favorite books to date. Although long and very descriptive, Ayn Rand provides the reader with great insight about her philosophy through her strong and unyielding characters
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! Very well written, albeit a bit difficult to get through at times. Overall an excellent, thought-provoking read. So glad I picked it up!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from sTRUGGLED THOUGH THE BOOK Not very interesting. Everyone except the main character was fighting for power.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Fountainhead I found this book sometimes difficult to read as the character description and plot development can be intense. That being said, I have never read anything like Ms. Rand's Fountainhead. Deep yet engaging this book is thoroughly enjoyable. Full of life lessons and an interesting investigation into human nature.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fountainhead One of my top 5 books - character development and plot line like no other. Life lessons to be learned.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reading it again...:) I first picked up this book in Grade 10 and it left me puzzled, bedazzled and pondering. Reading it again three years later, I am once again drawn in by Ayn Rand's descriptive writing and detail in plot, settings and character development. Easy to read, but profound thought put into this book.
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking Only recently did I stumble across this book. I wish it had been years sooner, especially when I was still at the university. Superbly written, makes the reader question the society and its pressures. The story is engrossing you can’t wait to see what will happen next, and you are often surprised. A must read for all, don’t be a second handler.
Date published: 2009-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to read, non-patronizing philosophy The name 'Ayn Rand' is synonymous with objectivist ideas. For first time readers, Rand's philosphy focuses on man's ability to think and make choices. This book is an excellent investigation of this topic. It's easy to read with well developed characters. Not only do you learn something about people and their nature, you learn something about architecture as well. This book is a must read for students in high school or university. Though this work is an overture to Atlas Shrugged her masterpiece, I recommend reading Atlas first as the ideas and their uses in society are better explained in Atlas.
Date published: 2004-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Fountainhead Well written, contravercial novel. I really enjoyed it, the descriptions were complete but not exessive or boring. Ayn Rand is very opinionated and many of those opinions are strongly expressed in this novel through it's many characters. Howard Roark, the exact oposite of Peter Keating, is an extremely strong willed character. Very intriguing relationships, a good book!
Date published: 2001-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Fountainhead This is the book that inspired Neal Peart, of the forward thinking rock group RUSH, to write the lyrics of their 1976 album "2112". This is a must read for anyone who is aware of the psychological conditioning that society puts you through; and was born with the ability to see through the falseness of society, which is trapped within the semantics of its developed languages. I wonder if the author was inspired by the writings of Jiddu Krishnamurti?
Date published: 2000-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Challenges the reader to live up to its standards It delivers the clearest, most uncompromising message I have ever encountered in a work of fiction. I can picture Rand at work with a will and pen sharp enough to sculpt granite. The book is timeless and transcends era, culture, age, and class. This leaves a reader with nothing to consider but its central themes, that of man's ego and reason. Whether a reader becomes a critic or supporter of Rand's philosophy is a personally rewarding debate for he/she themselves to settle...The characters in the book seemed robotic and unrealistic at first, but it occurred to me later on that Rand may have been so determined and successful in her portrayal of ideal vs. scum-of-the-earth that the characters seem strange because we ourselves are so far from either end of the spectrum (to our credit and detriment). My opinion only, you'll be sure to have your own...
Date published: 1999-08-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fails as Both Literature and Philosophy I'm torn about this book, because while I consider myself an individualist and give the highest priority to individual freedoms and achievements, I also know bad literature when I read it. "The Fountainhead" is long-winded, making its point 400 pages before it finally ends. Rand REALLY wants us to accept her shallow philosophy, though, so she keeps giving us example after example of Roark sticking to his sacred individuality, to a final, ridiculous extent. Her prose is clunky and inefficient. The characters don't talk like people, they talk like characters trying to ram significance down our throats. In the end, Rand never takes into account the joy that individuals may take from other people. She sells her ideas short by turning her hero into a completely self-absorbed lunatic. This is a second-rate novel supporting second-rate ideas. It doesn't deserve the cult following that has grown up around it.
Date published: 1999-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from no title Is this corny of me to write a review of a book I've only read once? Well, anyway, I guess I would say this is a life moving book. No, it won't drastically alter your life, just your perception of it. Every day we (meaning you and me) hear so much about "giving to the poor" and helping others, and we adhere to these demands. The Fountainhead, along with Ayn Rand and her entire philosophy of objectivism, questions society's morals and allows the individual to succeed in the end. Howard Roark's last speech is what made me buy this book. A true masterpiece...
Date published: 1999-05-13