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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.
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Jul 14, 2015
too small a size for comfortable reading
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Sep 12, 2014
Book size is very small and font size is too small
Nov 1, 2011
mixed pricing :Pthe 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 .
Dec 24, 2012
Not satisfied with the combo deal!I bought the same combo a few days back from flipkart but the font size is very small and it is difficult to read the books unless you want to strain your eyes.. I was so excited while purchasing the series but all my excitement vanished when I received the books :(
Jul 23, 2012
Print too smallCautionary note: These paperback books, have very small print, also quality of the paper on which the book is printed is not good and so is a very difficult read.
Jul 14, 2012
Should be on your "Books to read before I die" listThese two books are among the best contemporary books in philosophical fiction.
Jan 3, 2012
Ayn Rand: a schizophrenic geniusShe 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.
Jul 11, 2012
Totally Worthlessthese 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.
Aug 7, 2013
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.
Feb 19, 2012
need guts !!!yeah.. one more book on display,thats what it feels when you go through ,but it really need guts to even read leave alone understanding it .Am honored that I could read such a book "ATLAS SHRUGGED". Thank you flipkart for providing such wonderful stuff within reach . My father says "ANY person WHO READS AYN RAND IS WORTH LIVING" sounds exaggerated , after reading sounds perfect. if you are no nonsense reader. this might suit you .
Jan 24, 2012
Self-sacrifice is not everythingHi Reader,
Feb 1, 2012
My books of religionI read both of these books much before Flipkart came into existence. This tidy set I gifted to a dear friend, who shares the philosophy propounded in the books.