Monday, May 16, 2005

Another great book

The Fountain head - this is probably the greatest book I've ever read (comes real close to Animal Farm and 1984). Ayn Rand has written a master piece. In fact, this book even contributed a few phrases to the English language - notably, "The Roark effect" and "Objectivism".

Anyways, don't miss this book - for what ever reason. The main characters are Howard Roark - a brilliant architect who is up against the system, best represented by his friend Peter Keating and newspaper columnist Ellsworth Toohey. I could not put the book down once I started reading it (and it took me most of two days to finish it.)

There are two classic monologues in the book - the first when Ellsworth Toohey explains his philosophy to Peter Keating and the second, when Howard Roark defends himself. These are must reads for any sociology student.

2 comments:

Krish said...

I loved Fountainhead when I read it. Actually, I couldn't think straight for a week after I read it. You really start to think about what is the right way to do things. Atlas Shrugged is good too but was a little too long for my taste. The other day I was having a discussion about Ayn Rand and her works with my advisor and he said that she was that crazy in real life too. Apparently she wrote a lot of the books to justify her actions and life (or that's what people say).

Gops said...

Me too! I did hear that she was quite crazy in real life! But man, this book is simply great!