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The Fountainhead (English)

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The Fountainhead (English) (Paperback) Price: Rs. 335

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is a gripping narrative that upholds the downfall of collectivism at the altar of the fiery human spirit and individualism.

Summary Of The Book

The Fountainhead revolves around the dynamic protagonist Howard Roark, who defies collectivism with his own brand of philosophy and architecture. He takes a firm stand against worshipping tradition and embraces his own modern art forms. Roark gets expelled from architecture school owing to his non-adherence to conventional guidelines. Roark starkly defies history in favor of a more utilitarian outlook. He highlights materials, location and purpose as the three pillars of architecture.

Roark ultimately works for disgraced architectural legend Henry Cameron in New York. At the same time, The Fountainhead also tells the story of Peter Keating, a perfect foil to Roark. Keating holds a job at the renowned Francon & Heyer firm, where he eventually lands a partnership on account of his flattery. Roark starts his own office, but finally lands up at a granite quarry owned by Guy Francon. The novel is also the story of Dominique Francon with whom Roark has a physical and emotional battle throughout the novel.

The Fountainhead is an intriguing look at hypocrisy through Roark’s anonymous designs that spur Keating’s success. Eventually Gail Wynand becomes Roark’s friend and patron. Roark even goes to trial for dynamiting a building, the designs of which were changed.
The manuscript of The Fountainhead was shunned by twelve publishing houses and when finally published, went on to sell in excess of six and a half million copies globally. It was also the subject of a 1949 film, the screenplay of which was written by Rand.

About Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand was an American screenwriter, playwright, philosopher, political activist and best selling novelist. She received worldwide acclaim for Objectivism, her own philosophical system and her firebrand ideologies. Ayn Rand also wrote Anthem, We the Living, For The New Intellectual and Atlas Shrugged.

Born into a Russian business family, Rand majored in history at the Petrograd State University. She also spent a year at State Technicum for Screen Arts. She got her first screenwriting assignment for the American film The King of Kings. She also tasted success with her successful Broadway play Night of January 16th. She lectured extensively at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Columbia, Princeton and other universities and also at the Ford Hall Forum. The Nathaniel Branden Institute was set up in 1958 to promote her unique brand of philosophy.

She married Frank O’Connor in 1929. Rand believed that knowledge could only be attained with reason and not religion. Egoism was necessary both ethically and rationally and altruism was entirely unnecessary according to her. Rand condemned collectivism, anarchism, statism and traditional philosophical traditions. She backed laissez-faire capitalism for protection of individual human rights.

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Specifications of The Fountainhead (English) (Paperback)

Book Details
Publisher Penguin Publishing Group
ISBN-10 0451191153
Edition 1stEdition
Imprint Signet
Number of Pages 720 Pages
Publication Year 1996 September
Language English
ISBN-13 9780451191151
Binding Paperback
Dimensions
Weight 0.76 Pounds (US)
Height 6.92 Inches (US)
Width 1.56 Inches (US)
Depth 1.73
Contributors
Author Ayn Rand Leonard Peikoff
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Reviews of The Fountainhead (English) (Paperback)

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S Tomar

Aug 28, 2015

Brilliant Work !

I have never come across a book like this. I thinks its just as unique as Howard Roark. You wouldn't want it to end at all. I would suggest all to read it atleast once. You will know the difference in peoples soul. Its like a mirror to the world.
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Sudarshan Uppunda

Jun 9, 2015

ONE OF THE BEST READS

THOUGH THE PACKAGING OF THE PRODUCT WAS PATHETIC THE DELIVERY AND THE PRODUCT STANDARDS WERE QUITE SATISFACTORY ALSO THE PRODUCT IS REASONABLY PRICED
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Sajini Sanjay

Apr 20, 2015

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Skeptical

For the first time when i read it i felt it as boring and lagging, but seeing all the reviews i thought of giving it a second chance and now i am kinda of liking it.
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beckham 23

Apr 12, 2015

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Exploring our authenticity through ayn rands philosophical touch

This book really showcases the perspective of ayn rands objectivism..really inspirational for ones who stood for personal authenticity in life facing all the odds
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Masroor Ahmad Mattu

Feb 9, 2015

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Boring yet entertaining

If a book has the potential to explain whatever is happening around us, this is the book.
This book is like a bitter pill to swallow for our greater good and to understand society.

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Poonam Bhargav

Dec 24, 2012

Read second time recently... simply brilliant.

First time I read this gem was almost a decade back. two weeks back, it was second turn. This is not very easy for weak hearted people. I remember one of my co-worker in Florida where he read the book and later after a year was scolding that because this book had so much influence on him, he retracted his personal relation and only focused on work resulting in poor appraisal and poor recognition in project.

well I can just laugh at that kinds of foolish conclusion. It ask you to believe in your work. How will you believe in your work - when you are brilliant at it and follow thru your heart.
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Amrutha

Aug 26, 2011

Brilliant

A wonderful book. It is great to know that such a person like Howard Roark existed at least in the imagination. A spectacular portrayal of the the characters and their stories. You'll may not see a building the same way again after finishing this book. This is a story of a Hero. A keeper for sure. My personal 'the best book ever'. A brilliant piece. I go back to reading this book again and again and derive great joy in doing so every time.
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Mangelethe Sneha Menon

Sep 26, 2011

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Miss it and you'll miss something damn GOOD!!!

After reading fantasy for a year, I was looking for something more real...(Yup there you go I said it!) First thought of picking up a biography or a comedy, then some of my Internet friends suggested this book, "The Fountainhead". I started it expecting nothing but an easy, simple read....but Boy! It just blew me away!! The characterization in no other book I read til date has matched the depth or complexity(how different people can be!) displayed by Ayn Rand. It will show Life in different perspectives and well beyond one's beliefs at times. Howard Roark and Dominique Francon are two characte
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Sunita Menon

Aug 28, 2011

Indescribable

Not very often do you come across a book, so enigmatic that it makes the other work of art fade into the hindsight. I am yet to read something as immaculate as The Fountainhead. I am yet to see a character as heartbreakingly honest as Howard Roark. I salute the lady who thought light years ahead of her time. A book that changed the world for the better. A world wherein people of fibre still exist!!

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Varun Kumar

Dec 13, 2011

Be careful after you read this book.

This book is based on the concept of Romanticism. It exalts the single person as the source of creativity and genius.

After reading this book you may find yourself being afraid socially - sometimes impervious to superior ideas just for the sake of originality. Know the difference between reality and the concepts mentioned in this book. Reality is not so black and white as mentioned in this book. However once you realize there are people like the protagonist of this book you will be amazed, awestruck or utterly dejected.

This is a great book written in a great style. It'll keep you occupied f
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Robin Sinha

Jul 26, 2012

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Really Worth reading..!!!!

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is a book that I'll never forget.I am so much obsessed with the book after completing it that i wish it could have lasted for some more time. It is one of those real life situations that almost all of us go through.It generates a kind of insight within us to realize why are we running after fake showoffs when it is not going to land us anywhere. Being original and real to ourselves will help us compete with the World in a much better way.
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Krishna Prasad Yellapragada

May 6, 2012

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Paperback Book Quality

If you want to read "The Fountain Head", this book will kill the pleasure that you get from the story.
Let me describe the book. It is 7"x4.25" and more than 700 pages. This small and dumpy book can't even be held in hands for 5 minutes without discomfort.
The poor quality paper will yellow with age and the binding will cause the papers to come out by the time you have reached the 100th page if you are not careful.
The print quality is a very small font with tight spacing and even smaller border spacing making it difficult to read near the binding corner.
The book is worth around Rs 100-150 a
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Aditya

Nov 2, 2013

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cheap paper quality

I ordered this novel but the quality of paper Is very cheap, (does paperback mean that?) it's like those yellowish pages that u see at a cheap novel shop with duplicate novels, now I think I might as well have taken a stroll at one of those shops and may be it cud be a better deal than this if reading is all that I cared for, the level of paper used is so poor that u might not want to read it at all, feeling screwed here, and not just this book couple of other books too have the same quality of paper! again have no problem if by paperback u mean a very low quality paper, and if yes, ... it'
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Shravan

Dec 17, 2011

Awesome.

It's a beautifully written philosophical novel by Ayn rand.I am impressed with characters put up by her.

Without any doubt, Howard Roark: proves a soul who love his work more than anything else in his life, never compromised with the majority who wants to change himself towards their ideals. Where as, the character of Peter Keating was exactly opposite to Roark. The character portrayal of Elsworth Tooey,Gail wynand and Dominique francon is also commendable. Ayn rand shows us differences in human soul. how different they are !

And finally, thanks to Flipkart for your service. Without Flipkar
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Manize Nayani

May 9, 2012

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Pretentious and Boring!

A strictly pseudo-intellectual approach to philosophy. Sorry, but a few contradictory statements thrown in at every juncture are not only annoying but make the book a repulsive read. Ayn Rand expounds her theory of Objectivism through the book. The lesser said about that, the better it is.Viewed through the lens of this book, the world is either too idealitic or too cunning. Not to mention a depressing read. Perhaps the greatest strength of this book-and maybe the only one-is that it will invoke a strong reaction. You will either love it or hate it. There is no middle path.I belong to the latt
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