The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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I LOVE reading YA. But I’m also a fan of not limiting yourself to only one age group or even genre of books. There are things to be learned and pondered out there and they come in all kinds of packages.

For months my husband has been reading THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand and begging me to read it also so he’d have someone to discuss it with.


When it was first published in 1943, The Fountainhead – containing Ayn Rand’s daringly original literary vision with the seeds of her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism – won immediate worldwide acclaim.

This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him.

I decided to read the book (I’m attacking it on audiobook) since it’s a very lengthy tome. This way I can listen in the car, on a run or even in the shower LOL! I’m on Track 45/68 so do not spoil it for me. But I can’t contain myself any more. I want to talk to people about this book–the parts I love and the parts I hate. The things that have been illuminated and the things that have been muddied. ┬áThe hubby and I are a bit obsessed about discussing it and had a hell of a conversation after seeing the Steve Jobs movie. But I want more thoughts and opinions. This book has made me curious in so many ways.

Have you read it? What do you think? Do you want to read it? Do you love it? Do you hate it? What does it mean to you? Talk to me about it–just don’t spoil the ending for me or the book for anyone else.

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  1. I think I read The Fountainhead in 2002 or 2003. I remember reading it on the train ride home to Brooklyn after going to Japanese class, so that must be the time. I remember feeling like I sympathized with the protagonist because he had an artistic vision and didn’t want to compromise that for other people. He would have been better suited to being a painter, or even a novelist, as that’s a lot more solitary than designing buildings for other people. But I will say that I ultimately found the book boring and stopped reading it around the 80% mark. It just went on and on, and though I sympathized with Howard for a short bit, he struck me as being a jerk and then I didn’t want to read about him anymore. Oh well. It’s now over ten years ago that I read it and I still don’t care about the ending. Lol.

    • On and on is an understatement LOL! I’m probably where you kicked out and I can’t imagine kicking it to the curb without knowing the ending–even if I’m dying for it to be over LOL! It’s definitely an interesting read.

  2. Well, yes, I’ve read The Fountainhead, and even enjoyed it, but that was in high school! Do I remember anything about it? Heck, no (other than how fascinating it was). Then I read Atlas Shrugged, which is far longer. Both books were merely vehicles for her philosophy. I didn’t think anyone read them anymore, lol.

    • Yes!!!! Vehicles for personal philosophy–so accurate.

      I wouldn’t have read it if it wasn’t for my husband and I truly have a love/hate relationship with it. Probably more hate than love LOL! But it’s fascinating none the less.

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