The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead

Book - 2005
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Here is the story of an intransigent young architect, Howard Roark, of his violent battle against a mindless status quo, and of his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who worships him yet struggles to defeat him. In order to build his kind of buildings according to his own standards, Roark must fight against every variant of human corruption.
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2005, c1943
Edition: Centennial ed
ISBN: 9780452286757
Characteristics: xiii, 734 p. ; 23 cm


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Jul 22, 2019

I love this book. Rand does a marvelous job of explaining her philosophy in narrative form.

if you have the choice to read the massive ATLAS SHRUGGED ( i mean you have a gun pointed at you), or this, choose this one. Such a choice does not preclude you from reading any of her profound non fiction, mind you./ in the comments below, i noticed several points made, which seem antithetical to themselves: one writer says that the work extols "the cult of selfishness"; another writes that, although he didn't enjoy her work, she writes about the fight against conformity. Does this one mean she doesn't write it, well?

Jun 16, 2019

if I really can't find anything else to read? Ugh, despise it.

Oct 07, 2017

According to author, Ayn Rand (quote) "Selfishness is a virtue."

While reading The Fountainhead - Make it a point of keeping Rand's philosophy about selfishness firmly in mind. It'll certainly help you to understand more clearly WTF? she's ranting and raving about in this preposterous story about an architect's struggle not to conform and cave-in to a mob mentality.

Apr 20, 2016

I bought a copy of The Fountainhead at a used bookstore. At the time I had never even heard of Ayn Rand. After reading The Fountainhead I began searching for information about her and was surprised to find how prolific she was. Most people either love her or hate her; no middle ground. Rand has been much criticized for events in her personal life. Let me just say that if all philosophers were discredited on such grounds, there would be few who could withstand such scrutiny. Human beings aren't perfect. Rand's mistakes in her personal life do not detract from her brilliance. Her support of logic over emotion is just plain good sense. She encourages everyone to be self-sufficient and to base their decisions on reason rather than blindly accepting what others would tell you is right based on their own agenda. However, don't take my opinion or that of anyone else. Simply read the book for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Even if you don't agree with Rand's philosophy, the story is riveting. But I must say that the validity of her ideas is illustrated every night on the six o'clock news! Since reading this book I have viewed politics, philosophy, and human relations in an entirely new light.

Feb 16, 2016

A very interesting read. You can ignore Rand's philosophy and just focus on her amazing insights into society and the individual.

The story is riveting - one man at odds with society and rampant conformism.

Dec 31, 2015

My favorite book

Mar 20, 2013

For some reason, just reading the foreword reminds me of my own grandmother. Not sure yet if that's a good thing, but it's certain they've both survived a war and a rebellion and are as tough as nails.

Am looking forward to spending a month analyzing this.

Feb 05, 2013

"Objectivism": an invented word for the cult of selfishness.

Oct 30, 2012

If you think this book is horrible, I don't think you understand what Ayn is trying to portray. The quote about Roark when he explains to one of Heller's commisoner's about how the human body should not be built like an ostrich because there would be "no point." is exactly why our society today - is - where it is. Because we constantly feel that we need to entertain people, by buying the newest gadgets, or building huge night clubs; rather than small speak-easy's, or advertising new tooth pastes as 3-D whitening, when infact they do the exact same thing as the last toothpaste or dollar toothpastes. It talks about the neccessary and uneccessary. And it really speaks to me because I have Aspergers Syndrome, which I felt that dominique and I would get along really well because it talks about mathematics. See, mathematics should be understood by anybody. It's really just symbols that convey the neccesary. There's no need to even communicate verbally in this world, but we do it every day because we've been conditioned to do it from a certain point in our lives. However, the greeks always spoke through symbols or spoke only when they needed to convey something. It was in the Roman times when mediocrity was conveyd as beauty like the Forum of Rome. The forum of rome was literally just a posession of the emporer, and not of the people. Yet, the people had access to it. Why? It was uneccessary. They could have had a forum anywhere else in the city of Rome. Yet we continue to literally build things like expensive suits to impress... who? Expensive cars for... what? See what I'm getting at? What is the point? The purpose of your architecture? What are you building? For who? Why are you going to post-secondary? For philosophy? Can't you ask questions about your exsistence yourself? Why do you need a degree to tell people you understand a concept? Can't you open a book?

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Sep 27, 2013

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 what the public sees as 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, allow the novel to be at once a romantic drama and a philosophical work. Roark is Rand's embodiment of what she believes should be the human spirit, and his struggle reflects Rand's personal belief that individualism should trump collectivism.


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Mar 18, 2012

"But I don't think of you [Ellsworth Toohey]." -Howard Roark


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