The Fountainhead

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    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
    • ISBN: 9780451191151, 0451191153
    • Edition: 1, 1996
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    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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    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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    26 Aug, 2011

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    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 y...

    Poonam Bhargav

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    24 Dec, 2012

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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 p...

    Mangelethe Sneha Menon

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    26 Sep, 2011

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    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!!

    Sunita Menon

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    28 Aug, 2011

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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 qualit...


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    2 Nov, 2013

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    My Best book ever.....

    This is the best book i ever read till now. Its not very often that you come across such books and obviously such characters like the protagonist Horward Roark ; Dominique Francon and of course Gail Wynand... thw whole portrayal of the society, nature of their thoughts and the portrayal of an ideal man in shape of Horward Roark was awesome and worth applause...Amidst craps of present day novels n literature which seem more like a typical bollywood shit it offers you a totally intellectual and...

    Ajeet Kumar

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    30 Apr, 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 bo...

    Krishna Prasad Yellapragada

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    6 May, 2012

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    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.

    Sajini Sanjay

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    20 Apr, 2015

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    Worth a single moment spend on it

    Well, starting such a review is always the hardest, especially when you're speechless about the work & art.
    Ayn Rand has put something in it that you've never encountered before, I bet. This novel is not a story-teller, it contains your life in itself, in fact, the lives of all the people in this world. This will get you on a ride & at the end, you will ask yourself, why didn't I read it before? This is Ayn Rand's work, you will get bored to hell in some pages, but one suggestion, stick to it...

    Shanil Soni

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    1 Jan, 2014

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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.

    Robin Sinha

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    26 Jul, 2012

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