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15 August 2005 @ 10:07 pm
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand:

I found The Fountainhead to be a very well written study on the self-sufficient ego versus altruism. I have no profound observations on the book that have not already been made by countless others so I would just like to quote an excerpt and offer a good recommendation. It took me a LONG time to read this book- but I’m a slow reader and it is summer. I’m sure it can be devoured quickly by others more motivated than me.

“Our greatest moments are personal, self-motivated, not to be touched. The things which are sacred or precious to us are the things we withdraw from promiscuous sharing. But now we are taught to throw everything within us into public light and common pawing. To seek joy in meeting halls. We haven’t even got a word for the quality I mean-for the self-sufficiency of man’s spirit. It’s difficult to call it selfishness or egotism, the words have been perverted....
...I think the only cardinal evil on earth is that of placing your prime concern with other men. I’ve always demanded a certain quality in the people I liked. I’ve always recognized it at once- and it’s the only quality I respect in men. I chose my friends by that. Now I know what it is. A self-sufficient ego. Nothing else matters.”

There are hundreds of more quotes that are equally as thought provoking and revealing as to the nature of the novel. If you like what you’ve read above- read the book for yourself. It is certainly based around philosophy but the characters are well developed and I found the plot interesting (centered around architecture which was my favorite subject in college). It is beautifully written and I am extremely envious of Rand’s vocabulary.

One parting thought. I told wickedsin earlier today how easily influenced I am by well-written books without even thinking of the cold, hard evidence I had offered up to her through my actions. This book is about the self-sufficient ego. I deleted my public journal today for really no reason at all. I just had a whim, or so I believed. Upon further thought- of course I deleted my public journal. I have been influenced by The Fountainhead. I am striving to reach the glorified, “self-sufficient” ego. Funny. Or is it?
grimfacemoded on August 16th, 2005 06:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, that is a great quote. I think a lot of people have problems with Objectivism and throw out the good stuff along with the wackiness. She's such an interesting writer.
C.A.T.D.O.T.E.L.: children of the brain (books)wickedsin on August 16th, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, I didn't even see the paralell until you pointed it out.

I still haven't made it through Atlas Shrugged
blueyedevil76 on August 16th, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC)
Like I said, it took me a LONG time to read this one. I've heard The Fountainhead is the better choice, but I wouldn't know because I haven't read Atlas Shrugged.
C.A.T.D.O.T.E.L.: hurraywickedsin on August 16th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
well, I'll definitely have to check it out

I think Heather actually owns it.