Sunday 23 November 2014

Book Review: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Title: The Fountainhead
Author: Ayn Rand
Publisher: Plume Books

Publication Date: 1944 (2005)
Pages: 784
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Fiction
Source: Gift
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When it was first published in 1943, The Fountainhead - containing Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision with the seeds of her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism - won immediate worldwide acclaim.

This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

It took me a while to get through this book, not because I didn't like it, just because I was lacking reading time lately. I hadn't read Ayn Rand before and my initial thoughts in the early chapters were that I liked the characters and found their story interesting, but that was all. Suddenly though it was like a switch was flipped and I got sucked right in. The relationship between Roark and Dominique was gripping and I loved the way characters you thought you understood a particular way then turned out to be completely different. I also found the philosophical point on creative ownership very interestingly expressed. This will not be a book for everyone by any means, but I am glad I have read it.

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