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Ayn Rand / Atlas Shrugged / the Fountainhead (English)

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Ayn Rand (Set Of 2 Books) is a set of two titles, namely Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand.


Summary Of The Books

Ayn Rand (Set Of 2 Books) contains two of Ayn Rand’s fictional works titled Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.


Atlas Shrugged, considered to be Rand’s magnum opus, is an extensive work that furthers her philosophy of Objectivism. Set in the United States, it presents a dystopian future where society’s brightest and most productive minds keep disappearing mysteriously, leaving the economy weak and vulnerable. The protagonist, Dagny Taggart, who runs a railroad company is intrigued and alarmed by these inexplicable occurrences.


As it turns out, the disappearing citizens are being led on a strike by a man named John Galt to protest against the dominance of the government and its denial of the rights of the individual. They wish to demonstrate that if individuals are enslaved by society and deprived of their rights to create, then civilization is certainly doomed.


The book was published in 1957 in the United States. It received both praise and criticism. Its popularity and sales increased consistently over the decades after its release. The book has been adapted for film and television.


The Fountainhead presents a dystopian future where the essence of the individual has been stamped out to make room for the establishment of the collective. The protagonist is Howard Roark, a young architect who refuses to compromise his individuality by succumbing to convention. Even in the face of certain obscurity and unswerving opposition, he chooses to practice a form of architecture that goes against every established tradition.


His choice of individuality over convention hurts him at every turn, even putting him on trial for supposed incompetence and fraud. But, his brand of independence and integrity, and a strong refusal to embrace the mediocre see him display the true spirit and supremacy of man.


Apart from Roark’s struggle against convention, his romance with Dominique Francon is also central to the plot. His complex relationships with the various characters in the book explore the author’s philosophy of Objectivism. The book was first published in May 1943. It received mixed reviews upon its release. It went on to bring Rand much commercial success and fame. The book has sold more than 6.5 million copies globally.

A film based on the novel was released in 1949.


Ayn Rand (Set Of 2 Books) was released in 2011 by Penguin Books India.


About Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand was a Russian–American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and philosopher. She was also the the founder and developer of a complete philosophical system called Objectivism.


She wrote several pieces of fiction as well as non-fiction. Her literary works include Anthem, The Virtue Of Selfishness, The Fountainhead, We The Living, Philosophy: Who Needs It, and Atlas Shrugged.


Her writing furthered her philosophy of Objectivism. It garnered extremes of praise and criticism. Human achievement, reason, and egoism were the common themes in her writing.


Rand was born on February 2, 1905, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She graduated as a History major from Petrograd State University. A trip to America to visit her relatives left her highly impressed and desirous of staying there permanently. She supported herself by taking up various jobs. She married actor Frank O’Connor in 1929. Rand passed away on March 6, 1982.

Specifications of Ayn Rand / Atlas Shrugged / the Fountainhead (English) (Paperback)

Book Details
Publisher PENGUIN USA
ISBN-10 0451947673
Edition 50 Anv
Imprint SIGNET
Publication Year 2009 October
Language English
ISBN-13 9780451947673
Binding Paperback
Dimensions
Weight 835 g
Height 7.24 inch
Width 4.48 inch
Depth 2.99 inch
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Author Ayn Rand
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mixed pricing :P

the book is a wonderful creation of simple thoughts taking into complex social thoughts when more minds are involved , the one thing i really cant understand is why the prices of books vary , i wish these people cud provide a list of things that are going to shoot their prices up so we can shop well :) just an advice .

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Sooraj R
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Make sure it's your cup of tea!

The Fountainhead is probably the toughest work I have attempted to read. And I have to admit that after making it through three quarters of the book I had to give it up, and did not subsequently have the courage to tackle Atlas Shrugged. But I am not writing this to dissuade buyers but merely to warn them that this book is not for everyone and is defintely not casual reading.
Rand raises some important questions, and her ideal, which Howard Roark embodies, is very important even today. But in presenting her view of a perfect world and an objective we must all work towards, while presenting...
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The Fountainhead is probably the toughest work I have attempted to read. And I have to admit that after making it through three quarters of the book I had to give it up, and did not subsequently have the courage to tackle Atlas Shrugged. But I am not writing this to dissuade buyers but merely to warn them that this book is not for everyone and is defintely not casual reading.
Rand raises some important questions, and her ideal, which Howard Roark embodies, is very important even today. But in presenting her view of a perfect world and an objective we must all work towards, while presenting...
The Fountainhead is probably the toughest work I have attempted to read. And I have to admit that after making it through three quarters of the book I had to give it up, and did not subsequently have the courage to tackle Atlas Shrugged. But I am not writing this to dissuade buyers but merely to warn them that this book is not for everyone and is defintely not casual reading.
Rand raises some important questions, and her ideal, which Howard Roark embodies, is very important even today. But in presenting her view of a perfect world and an objective we must all work towards, while presenting a very inspiring protagonist, she belittles the rest of society in such a manner that it makes it very difficult to trudge through. Yes, her idea is relevant, but her arrogant trashing of everything Roark is not is uncalled for.
To sum it up, much like many reviewers have mentioned, perhaps this book is best read in the confused teens, where it is easy to the be angry at the world and not fit in. Once you make your peace with the same world however, this book comes across as pointless drivel that could have conveyed the same message more effectively in the form of an essay. So before you buy, think, what category do you fall in?

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Rahul
03 Jan 2012
Ayn Rand: a schizophrenic genius

She is the strongest woman I have read. Her writing is crisp and perfect. Her description of societal dysfunctioning will make you hate the world and make you see true potential of mankind. She is a libertarian, but unlike present day capitalists, which has become a socialism of the financial sector, her principles are sharp and lethal.

However awesome she was in her thought she had her failings. She was not able to live her own philosophies - from her failures in love to failures of her school of economics that has presently becoming the laughing stock of the world. Her embracing of fema...
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She is the strongest woman I have read. Her writing is crisp and perfect. Her description of societal dysfunctioning will make you hate the world and make you see true potential of mankind. She is a libertarian, but unlike present day capitalists, which has become a socialism of the financial sector, her principles are sharp and lethal.

However awesome she was in her thought she had her failings. She was not able to live her own philosophies - from her failures in love to failures of her school of economics that has presently becoming the laughing stock of the world. Her embracing of fema...
She is the strongest woman I have read. Her writing is crisp and perfect. Her description of societal dysfunctioning will make you hate the world and make you see true potential of mankind. She is a libertarian, but unlike present day capitalists, which has become a socialism of the financial sector, her principles are sharp and lethal.

However awesome she was in her thought she had her failings. She was not able to live her own philosophies - from her failures in love to failures of her school of economics that has presently becoming the laughing stock of the world. Her embracing of female submission and the glorification of rape has kept the mainstream afraid of her.

The two books are also a reflection of her success and failure. The Fauntainhead is about talent and career of individual greatness while Atlas Shrugged is about economic rebellion and capitalism. The former is a more realistic possibility while the later is pure madness and idiotic political propaganda. Her original message of individual greatness is wholly available in the first book and one can easily skip the second without wasting time on pointless lectures on capitalism.

If you are interested her books have also been made into movies. In 2010 atlas shrugged was released in the US.

58% of 12 users found this review helpful.
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kasyap
11 Jul 2012
Totally Worthless

these books were primarily written for the sole purpose of expressing her ideas, so you can expect all the extremities in the book. All her heros are wooden, sociopathic, emotionless and idealistic charecters who extoll her ideas and everyone else who has a different opinion is a bad guy.
As far her philosophy is concerned, i tend to agree with her on her ideas of individualism but i lose it all when she says "so be an asshole to everyone".
Another point about her philosphy is that she embraces full fledged capitalism as an ideal society, wheras such a society only leads to exploi...
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these books were primarily written for the sole purpose of expressing her ideas, so you can expect all the extremities in the book. All her heros are wooden, sociopathic, emotionless and idealistic charecters who extoll her ideas and everyone else who has a different opinion is a bad guy.
As far her philosophy is concerned, i tend to agree with her on her ideas of individualism but i lose it all when she says "so be an asshole to everyone".
Another point about her philosphy is that she embraces full fledged capitalism as an ideal society, wheras such a society only leads to exploi...
these books were primarily written for the sole purpose of expressing her ideas, so you can expect all the extremities in the book. All her heros are wooden, sociopathic, emotionless and idealistic charecters who extoll her ideas and everyone else who has a different opinion is a bad guy.
As far her philosophy is concerned, i tend to agree with her on her ideas of individualism but i lose it all when she says "so be an asshole to everyone".
Another point about her philosphy is that she embraces full fledged capitalism as an ideal society, wheras such a society only leads to exploitation of the poor and the middleclass.
Her writing style is too long and redundant.
Her philosophy is presented in long-winded monologues and is just too preachy.
These books are neither good story telling nor good philosophy

47% of 15 users found this review helpful.
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Salman SK
14 Jul 2012
Should be on your "Books to read before I die" list

These two books are among the best contemporary books in philosophical fiction.

Be prepared for a whole new universe where standards of excellence are so high, that a Rand-ian protagonist may seem more unrealistic than Batman.

The Fountainhead introduces you to a (more believable) genius architect with principles which make him a rebel. The book takes you through his life as it becomes a struggle against the mediocrity and shallow contentment, to heights never seen before. Credit should be given to Rand for developing the antagonist as well as she develops her protagonist and also for get...
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These two books are among the best contemporary books in philosophical fiction.

Be prepared for a whole new universe where standards of excellence are so high, that a Rand-ian protagonist may seem more unrealistic than Batman.

The Fountainhead introduces you to a (more believable) genius architect with principles which make him a rebel. The book takes you through his life as it becomes a struggle against the mediocrity and shallow contentment, to heights never seen before. Credit should be given to Rand for developing the antagonist as well as she develops her protagonist and also for get...
These two books are among the best contemporary books in philosophical fiction.

Be prepared for a whole new universe where standards of excellence are so high, that a Rand-ian protagonist may seem more unrealistic than Batman.

The Fountainhead introduces you to a (more believable) genius architect with principles which make him a rebel. The book takes you through his life as it becomes a struggle against the mediocrity and shallow contentment, to heights never seen before. Credit should be given to Rand for developing the antagonist as well as she develops her protagonist and also for getting her architecture right (she worked in an architecture firm for about a year just so that she could write this book). All in all, a great book and the recommended Ayn Rand stater book (I'd recommend We The Living actually).

Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand's magnum opus. If you can make it till the end of this book, which also happens to be eighth longest book in western literature (Wiki it), you will either revere it or loathe it. Considered to be the second most influential book in the western world after the Bible, this book introduces you to ideas which will make you stop and ponder about things which you have never given thought about. Personally, this was one of the toughest book to begin. Around six tries later, this book really captured me. I'm not a voracious reader, but I was reading this book round the clock. I'm not sure how to end this review now, but all I can say is, read it!

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