The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead[KINDLE] ✾ The Fountainhead ❂ Ayn Rand – The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism Ayn Rand's groundbreaking philosophy and brought her immediate worldwide acclaimThis modern classic is the story of intransigent y The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism Ayn Rand's groundbreaking philosophy and brought her immediate worldwide acclaimThis modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark whose integrity was as unyielding as graniteof Dominiue Francon the exuisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately but married his worst enemyand of the fanatic denunciation unleashed by an enraged society against a great creator As fresh today as it was then Rand’s provocative novel presents one of the most challenging ideas in all of fiction—that man’s ego is The Fountainhead of human progress“A writer of great power She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly beautifully bitterlyThis is the only novel of ideas written by an American woman that I can recall”—The New York Times.

Alisa Rosenbaum was born in pre revolutionary St Petersburg to a prosperous Jewish family When the Bolsheviks reuisitioned the pharmacy owned by her father Fronz the Rosenbaums fled to the Crimea Alisa returned to the city renamed Leningrad to attend the university but in relatives who had already settled in America offered her the chance of joining them there With money from the sa.

The Fountainhead Kindle Ä Mass Market Paperback
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 704 pages
  • The Fountainhead
  • Ayn Rand
  • English
  • 10 April 2016
  • 9780451191151

10 thoughts on “The Fountainhead

  1. Jason Pettus says:

    Would you like to hear the only joke I've ever written? How many Objectivists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? A Pause then disdainfully Uhone And thus it is that so many of us have such a complicated relationship with the work of Ayn Rand; unabashed admirers at the age of 19 unabashedly horrified by 25 after hanging out with some actual Objectivists and witnessing what a holes they actually are and also realizing that Rand and her cronies were one of the guiltiest parties when it came to the 1950s Red Scare here in America Here in Rand's first massive manifesto slash novel we meet the theoretically ultimate Objectivist architect Howard Roarke who is so just completely sure of what he should be doing with his constructions he won't even participate in his industry at all unless his client gives him complete and utter control over the final project; which is why Howard Roarke barely ever completes any projects over the course of his life which according to Rand is because of the vast unwashed masses of the insipid keeping the obvious genius down Righteous Ayn righteous Ultimately it's easy to see in novels like this one why Rand is so perfect for late teenagers but why she elicits eye rolls by one's mid twenties; because Objectivism is all about BEING RIGHT and DROPPING OUT IF OTHERS CAN'T UNDERSTAND THAT and LET 'EM ALL GO TO HELL AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED without ever taking into account the unending amount of compromise and cooperation and sometimes sheer altruism that actually makes the world work Recommended but with a caveat; that you read it before you're old enough to know better

  2. Ryan says:

    This book is the euivalent of a drunk elouent asshole talking to you all night at a bar You know you should just leave and you could never explain later why you didn't but you just sit there listening to the guy ramble on It's all bullshit and his arguments defending say his low key but all consuming misogyny aren't that good and don't even really make sense but just for a second you find yourself thinking Huh the man might have a point before you catch yourself and realize that no he is just an asshole You feel dirty and bad afterwards realizing how close you came to the abyss but there was that one second where for some reason his selfish arrogant stances which have hardened into granite truth for him bluntly force you into a momentary empathy with his ideas ironically the one thing he will never no matter how many shots of Jameson you buy him give you The only real difference between the drunk at the bar and The Fountainhead is that the drunk probably wouldn't go so far as claiming when relating an account of rape that the woman wanted it even craved it Ayn Rand goes there while remaining perfectly true to her Objectivism bullshit At least the drunk might buy you a drink Ayn Rand would probably object to it on philosophical grounds

  3. Eric_W says:

    I had not really paid much attention to Ayn Rand darling of the conservatives very surprisingly actually until I began reading her biography When I asked around to see who had actually read any of her work I found only a few but lots of opinions about Rand herself Often those comments ascribed beliefs to Rand that were at opposite poles of the spectrum from conservative to radical individualist to Nazi fascist Obviously another case of what I call the “De Toueville syndrome” where everyone pretends to have read a famous book and to know what the author stood for but has no firsthand reading knowledge Her biography revealed a complex and very interesting individual so it was time to dig into her works personally The Fountainhead tells the story of Howard Roark an architect Thrown out of Stanton School of Architecture for his refusal to adhere to the standards of the past the dean views Roark as a rebel who opposes all the rules of architecture and his society’s view of art that is representation of what has been revered in the past and for turning in assignments that represented a complete break from the past The conversation with the dean who tried to persuade Roark to come back into the fold represents the central theme of the book the conflict between those who are realitycentered against those who define their lives through the eyes of other people Roark seeks employment with Cameron an architect whose designs tried to incorporate using the advantages of new materials eg a skyscraper should look tall not just like a twenty story brick building trying to look like a renaissance house Cameron began to design buildings the way he wanted rather than how his clients demanded His business dwindled to nothing but he was sought out by Roark Following Cameron’s retirement Roark seeks employment as a draftsman in a large architectural firm where he gets a break by sketching a house that breaks with tradition completely but is just what the client wants Roark is a brilliant but struggling iconoclast while his rival and former classmate Peter Keating rises to the top of his profession by using obseuiousness manipulation and deception His primary concern is how he is perceived by others He designs by copying from the past never thinking independently Both men are in love with Dominiue Falcon a brilliant passionate woman who falls in love with Roark admires his genius but who is convinced his genius has no chance in a corrupt world The villain of the book is Ellsworth Toohey an architectural critic of note who denounces Roark for his failure to adhere to the accepted standards of the day Toohey believes that the individual must sacrifice his independence to the will of others ie society or the group Toohey is employed by Gail Wynand a publisher whose paper caters to the lowest common denominator to gain power He comes to admire Roark and must then decide whether he will continue to pander to popular taste or live according to his higher standards Rand and her novels have been vilified by the left wing as reactionary and praised by conservatives as brilliant and influential Frankly I cannot understand how conservatives can be so enad of this work that celebrates independence and the rejection of tradition and “normal” morality She celebrated atheism a kind of free love very strong women and a rejection of parental values and social norms She abhorred the subordination of reason to faith of surrendering one’s own thinking to the beliefs of others She despised the religious believer who without uestioning adopts the religious beliefs of his parents conforming without thinking Morality becomes something practical and relative For example Roark dynamites a government building project that has been altered so he can gain access to the courts since the government cannot be sued Roark really doesn’t care what other people think He has such strong personal will that he will just do what he thinks is right He also pals around with one of the construction workers who admires him because he is the only architect that understands construction and indeed Roark makes the point that he loves engineering and building That sounds like sixties liberalism than what I hear conservatives espouse Rand is clearly a romantic who believed that man can live up to an ideal and reason can help them achieve the independence and the happiness that depends on that independence What infuriates liberals as far as I can gather was her unfailing adherence to capitalism I suppose conservatives latched on to her vigorous rejection of collectivism no doubt related to her childhood experiences under Communism This is not to say Rand celebrates nonconformity for its own sake That is simply another form of conformity because it’s living one’s life in reaction to the standards of others The conformist must learn the beliefs of others to adhere to them; the nonconformist must learn the standards so as to avoid adhering to them Both groups are psychological dependents Rand celebrates the independent thinker the individualist who lives on his own terms The individualist creates his own standards and adheres to them regardless of what others do or think He has a commitment to reason and facts Roark represents the great innovator struggling against a profoundly conservative society against the traditionalist who says “It was never done this way so it can’t be good” The climax of the book is Roark’s speech to the court when he is on trial “I wish to come here and say that I am a man who does not exist for others The world is perishing from an orgy of self sacrificing” He represents a complete rejection of altruism “the doctrine which demands that man live for others and place others above self” It’s truly a shame when books and authors get labeled as “conservative” or “liberal” “communist” or “democrat” and then judged on the basis of the label Read the book; make up your own mind

  4. Jrule says:

    Yes 5 stars why? Because whenever i rethink about this book i become speechlessThe lessons it taught me and the life it showed me are invaluable So whatever you may find below are the mixed emotions which i could withdraw out of itThis books helps you realize the pain and agony of a person who stands on his own beliefs defying the society rules and so called modern world culture So today whenever i see a person fighting with the world just for his own beliefs and his own values i can always see a bit of Roark in him The most important thing of a man's character is his Integrity that is what holds him true to himself and gives him courage to fight everything else in this worldSociety and the second handers always keep on trying to make others a second handers and they will never let them do something which they were not able to doIt is the man's own Ego which gets him thruIt is the love of his work which makes him happyBut the society teaches him that everything that makes him happy is a sin and he shall never be a happy personBut it is a man's basic right to be happy and the general world calls it his SelfishnessIt was the only thing I ever really wanted And that’s the sin that can’t be forgiven that I hadn’t done what I wanted It feels so dirty and pointless and monstrous as one feels about insanity because there’s no sense to it no dignity nothing but pain and wasted painwhy do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world to do what we want And it takes the greatest kind of courage

  5. Meredith Holley says:


  6. Brendan says:

    As literature I found the book dry predictable and overwrought As philosophy I found it circular wholly unfounded and completely contradicting realityThis book is like a net set for unsuspecting minds It breaches their defenses with a twisted logic attempting to preclude any conclusions but the ones it sets forthOf course it follows a natural flow from the author's assumptions power will and self determinism are the foundations of all life Nothing matters except that you do what you want Only if you violate your own integrity are you doing wrong; and yet this violation is uite easy it involves believing anything contradictory to those first three assumptionsIf you believe this tripe then you've probably already found a intelligent and articulate champion for these values In that case I'd encourage you to read those authors instead but ultimately come to the correct conclusion that the three aforementioned assumptions are a load of bullshit If you don't believe this stuff don't waste your time on this book

  7. Lyn says:

    Let me begin by saying that after reading this and especially after reading her novel Atlas Shrugged that I do not much like Ms Rand I think her philosophy must surely have been created as a reaction to her experiences with BolsheviksThat said I think this is a modern masterpiece Rand's reformation and restatement of Nietzschean mythos This was beautiful yet brutally simple shockingly hypnotic; like a bull fight difficult to watch but you cannot turn away Many archetypal characters very influential; how many insidious modern day villains began as Ellsworth Toohey how many strong silent idealists descend from the Howard Roark model?I can see how someone would consider this a five star book maybe even consider that this is a favorite book but looking back while accounting for the strength and uality of her narrative I cannot say that I loved it and I still don't like Rand

  8. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Fountainhead Ayn Rand The Fountainhead is a 1943 novel by Russian American author Ayn Rand her first major literary success The novel's protagonist Howard Roark is an individualistic young architect who designs modernist buildings and refuses to compromise with an architectural establishment unwilling to accept innovation Roark embodies what Rand believed to be the ideal man and his struggle reflects Rand's belief that individualism is superior to collectivismتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دهم ماه آوریل سال 2001 میلادیعنوان سرچشمه؛ نویسنده آین راند؛ مترجم مینا شریفی ثابت؛ تهران، نشر آبی، 1379؛ در 1063 ص؛ داستانهای نویسندگان روس آمریکایی سده 20 مسرچشمه، داستان یک آرشیتکت نابغه، با دقت وسواسگونه است، که از عدم درک، و راحت طلبی دیگران، به تنگ آمده است آرشیتکت «هوارد روارک»، در برابر دادگاه ظاهر میشود او به منفجر کردن ساختمان بزرگ نوسازی متهم است اتهام او نابود کردن اثری ست، که خود طراحی کرده، چون اثر او را به رغم تضمین اکید، مبنی بر اینکه مطابق نقشه ی او ساخته خواهد شد، از محتوا خالی، و گویا بی پدرش کرده، و نمای ساختمان را با سلیقه ی مردم، منطبق کرده اند خوانشگر در این فصل با یکی از صحنه های متداول دادگاه، در داستانهای آمریکایی مواجه میشود «روارک» به تنهایی از خود دفاع میکند، وی دفاعیه خود را چنین آغاز میکند «چند هزار سال پیش، مردی برای نخستین بار آتش روشن کرد به احتمال زیاد خودش روی انبوه چوبهایی که آتش گرفته بود، زنده زنده سوخت او را بزهکاری انگاشتند، که از یکی از شیاطین، رازی را که از بشر پنهان شده بود، دزدیده، و برملا ساخته است، اما این کار او باعث شد، که انسانها خود را گرم کنند، خوردنیها را بپزند، و غارهاشان را روشن سازند؛ «پرومته» به این دلیل که آتش را از خدایان ربود، به صخره ای زنجیر شد، و لاشخورها بدنش را تکه تکه کردند آدم به دلیل خوردن میوه ی درخت شناخت، محکوم به تحمل رنجها شد ؛ افراد دارای خلاقیتهای بزرگ؛ متفکران، هنرمندان، دانشمندان و مخترعان، همواره یک تنه در مقابل دیگر انسانهای دوران خود ایستاده اند» ؛ «روارک»، این «پرومته» ی نوین ارزشهای فردی را ستایش میکند اشربیانی

  9. Fabian says:

    I went over to the other side made it back I will admit that I had been properly warned Liana others You read “The Fountainhead” because many other readers have before you; its a book as popular as “One Hundred Years of Solitude” This awful novel begins strong climaxes early no pun intended with an insipid rape scene then’s all downhill The tones mismatch but not in an interesting way but dull Is there indeed a tone? I don’t think so The androids which make up the ensemble of characters are as vanilla as the writing itself No it is not badly written so much as its deceitful some parts are alright reminiscent of the boring bits in The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe; others are droll ridiculously redundant you try to scan the pages for somethingdifferent The impulse to read on however IS there just as the direction of the novel becomes hopeless it becomes a harrowing chore since there are just so many other books out there to choose from It's a novel to disenfranchise the casual reader from the world of literature It is truly incredible how all the villains become your best friends how a hero could be so utterly boring practically an empty husk OK Ayn if it is indeed individualism that defeats pathetic altruism to the ground why then make your main characters such animatrons? I just really do not accept this apocalyptic vision of life Never had I had this sorta disgusting sour taste in my mouth The Ayn Rand Experience fulfilled and I’ve read pretty awful drivel in the past Her arguments are strong just oh so wrong Odd boring lame wretched experience A person can definitely go without

  10. Manuel Antão says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewNeocon Conspiracy Theories The Fountainhead by Ayn RandWhen I was a student at The British Council I was shagging left and right I met a very cute Swedish girl learning both English and Portuguese I was attending the English classes who was truly counter cultural in that amongst a sea of left wingliberal ideas; she was a lone right wing voice what we know may call a “free spirit” In my defense she had the most pert arse you could imagine but hey nobody said I wasn't superficial Especially at 22 So our relationship stumbled on for a bit and as part of getting to know each other she gave me as a gift “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged” with the suggestion or perhaps with hindsight warning that if I really wanted to know what she was about her Goddess that she worshipped aka Ayn Rand would tell me all Suffice to say I managed with great effort and irritation to get through one of the books started on the first chapter of the second and realised that actually it really wasn't working Both the book and the relationship And with that I bid farewell to Aynand the butt NB This review will probably be deleted sooner or later Read while you can if you feel so inclinedor don't I don't care As soon as the minders delete it I'll upload it again But I'll always have the memories of the Swedish girl

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *