The Ayn Rand Centennial Collection Boxed Set

ISBN: 0452291917
ISBN 13: 9780452291911
By: Ayn Rand

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Two great novels that will change the way you look at the world.Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit.The Fountainhead has become an enduring piece of literature, more popular now than when published in 1943. On the surface, it is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the book addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, the threat of fascism. The confrontation of those themes, along with the amazing stroke of Rand's writing, combine to give this book its enduring influence.

Reader's Thoughts

Thomas.harrop

I was very taken with Ayn Rand when I originally read her books. I still find her logic compelling, however, she never really understood that compassion can be part of enlightened self interest. Her characters are intentionally very hard edged and idealistic, I get that. The problem is, like all conservatives, she has no room in her view of life for people who are unable to care for themselves. I recently discussed this with a friend who believed that people should just all be responsible for themselves. If someone can care for them self, let them die. That is the message of Rand. The problem is, leaving these marginal people to die creates crime, a drain on our hospitals money (as they are currently paid) and many other social ills. Why is it that supposed Christians think that Rand is so great? it is because most modern Christians have entirely forgotten about Christ and what he taught. I heard one man pushing a version of Christianity where Jesus was some sort of ass kicking biker who didn't care about the poor and weak and meek. He said that Jesus was really all about giving people hell and all this loving kindness crap was a giant load. He taught that Christians should be all about hate and contempt and violence. Most of this kind of attitude comes from Rand and her ilk. Love your fellow man, but if he needs help, too bad. Praise the Lord.

Dawn

second (or third?) time around it's even more tedious. constant moralizing wears on me. i love the relentless faith in the individual, but the characters are so flat in order to hammer her political agenda, that the plot ceases to be entertaining and leaves me wishing i'd just read a paragraph summary of objectivism and spent the other 1800 hours reading something less redundant and more entertaining

Christopher

In my book, Ayn Rand still stands as one of the most powerful fictional writers capable of imbuing her work with philosophical ideals, and The Fountainhead is no let down. Yes, her characters can be a little one-sided, with unbending ideals they seem capable of upholding in the midst of the greatest strife. However, just being able to imagine and describe these kinds of intellectual pariahs and support their personas with such thorough background is a significant accomplishment.The only point at which this became unwieldy to me was during one of the final scenes, when court dialog is used as a thin disguise for Rand to rail on about her ideals through her protagonist and to tie some of the final plot knots. Normally, this would have been fine to me, except this diatribe goes on for quite a few pages. I considered lowering my rating to 4 stars in light of this grueling scene, but in the end, even this faux pas is excellently written and well-supported.Overall, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the philosophy of self, individualism, and motivation. The only book in Rand's arsenal that tops this is Atlas Shrugged.

Sampurna

i liked fountainhead..not because i believe in rand's philosophy but for the sheer fact she could carve the characters in the way she did..i was pleasantly surprised that someone can think of such a character like roark..its little difficult to accept all what she writes..i have my reservations about many ideas she presents but i admire the book as an art of fiction..i admire her imagination..she did a good job with what she thought..there are very few people who can actually candidly write whatever one thinks...but she did...although she was had very extreme sort of ideas... it seems she forgot what compassion is...

Shraddha Gupta

I hate how cold the books are. Ouch. I don't think Ayn Rand ever hugged anybody. Its the best screening test I've ever come across. If you love Ayn Rand, its unlikely we'll ever be friends. I know, saves us so much trouble.

Hera

I read this book in high school, and at the time became immediately drawn into the story. At the time I was unable to completely digest Rand's 'selfish/individualism/pro-capitalism' philosophy, but in hindsight, I still think the story itself has its merits. There are interesting plot twists, and even though the characters are pretty 1-D, they serve to better portray Rand's philosophy. I don't agree with her philosophy but I give credit to this book for waking me up, and challenging me to question what I really knew. I will pass along the same wisdom my 10th grade english teacher told me when I set out to tackle this book, "Just don't get too brainwashed by it, and keep your ego in check."

Rod

Ayn (pronounced eye+n) Rand presents a lot of well thought out ideas regarding the weaknesses of society. Her ideology, although well-meaning, is thoroughly flawed. Her world exists in a vacuum where nothing happens that is outside of the control of man, and where a man creates his own soul. Despite that, I really like this book.

Nelson

i remembered having heard of "atlas shrugged" years before reading it. finally, my mother actually reco'd it to me and i bought it and loved it. it's not a short book but it's worth anyone's time. the other book in this compilation of both Rand's novels is "the fountainhead" and it's just as good, if not better. perhaps my favorite book of all time. i own a early second edition that still contains the same errors as the first edition.

Tanveer Khan

Now this is not just a novel, it's philosophy n you need to think n understand the characters, behavior, situations. It is a wonderful book n I can say you come across many such characters quite often but not some one like Howard Roarke, people might call him crazy, arrogant etc but my dear that's what the world does to ones who think differently. You can either love this book or hate it.

Bekah

These books challenged many of my beliefs. They are a good read, even if you don't agree with all of her ideas. However, I don't understand why so many high schools have their students read them--the philosophies expressed are too big for people with so little life experience. If you read them then, pick up the books and try again. You'll understand this time.

Sastri

These books are the foundation of true capitalism. Ayn Rand is an inspiring author and many of her fans are almost have a cult following. I read her early in my life and she was a great influence. Later in life I found things at odds with her philosophy of Objectivism. I felt that she to embraced this concept of a higher being or self (John Galt in AS) and never admitted to this concept?All in all a very good author that everyone must read/

Alene

Couldn't find just "THe Fountainhead". I was long overdue to read this having fallen in love with "Atlas Shrugged" 10 years ago. THere are few books more inspiring than this one. I feel totally understood by the author regarding my own views on what honesty and integrity mean and how society often fails to recognize true talent and instead the masses subscribe to whatever belief/talent/skill is popular at the time.

Anna Chudnovsky

I`ve just finished the reading. That two books is important for exectly the moment of my life expericnce. First, I realized I am not alone with my instinctive and philosophy credo. Second, Ayn Rand gives me the most clear understanding about surrounding I`ve ever had. The most depressive information from the books is the most important to take it in mind in my future mapping. Things I counted as a rare personal circumstances now seems as a system characteristics. Reading the books I was wondering all the time about the accuracy of particular details, because I was in such situations by myself and I listened the same words and witnessed the same behaviour as it was described. It is a kind of good proof, both exciting and depressive. So, what`s the next step? I prefer to take all I`ve read as a kind of warning, especially because it is so clear done. Thanks my friends who pointed me to that books just in time.

Abhijit Joshi

I was highly influenced by this when I read it first (young age). Over the years I realized how this philosophy misses the human element and therefore useless for human life. Also its not much different than most religions in its extremity. Still a great read and would recommend it.

Deanna Shelor

I learned not to make your AP class read something they really detested. WHile I loved the book I come form a different sensibility than my 21st century students and they had a really hard time juggling this book while attempting three or more other AP classes. This book is definitely for someone interested in philosopical issues and humanitarian issues as well as political agendas. A background in history would be necessary to 21st century AP students being able to assimilate the information being dealt with and to understand Rand's sensibilities. It is a bit much for even a semester because of the philosophic intensity. I used Neitzchian concepts as a segue and juxtapose into Rand's philosophical bent.

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