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Archive for September 1st, 2010


I had to cover this novel. I loved this novel but was not a big fan of Ayn Rand. Born in Russia during very tumultuous times may have shaped her belief system. Objectivism is a concept of rational self-interest and denounced altruism. She wrote both fiction and non fiction on this subject and had and continues to have followers in America and globally. Her Philosophy continues to remain controversial. The fountainhead is one novel that explores her belief system. The main character, Howard Roark, is an uncompromising, idealization of a man who relies only on himself with absolute integrity. Ayn Rands characters are not 3 dimensional but the supporting cast all push to break his individuality and creativity. Ayn Rand said through Howard Roark ” Individual creators are the fountainhead of civilization.” You do not have to subscribe to her beliefs to appreciate her fiction, this is a difficult but compelling read I highly recommend.


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