The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand


This novel based on “objectivism” and “individualism” is quite interesting to read.  I like the protagonist Howard Roark, because of his humbleness and self-respect.  He is a college-drop out Architect, but perfect in whatever thing he does.  I would like to live in a home built by Howard Roark now.  The lead lady Dominique Francon sometimes behave crazy in marrying one guy after another.  Howard Roark’s classmate and virtual arch-rival Peter Keating and the philosopher Ellsworth Toohey lives in normal way of life every human lives in the world now.  But the persons who exhibit individualism are Howard Roark, Dominique and industrialist Gail Wynand.  Eventhough it is ideal or sometimes look stupid to live a life visualized by Ayn Rand, but during some difficult times, everyone should think about to take decision based on Ayn Rand’s philosophy to live a satisfied life.

We could see many similarities between this novel and Atlas Shrugged as both exhibit the same philosophy of supporting “egoism” of man, but in different storyline.   The characters of both novels could be easily compared based on their life style and ideology as:

Howard Roark — John Galt

Dominique Francon — Dagny Taggart

Gail Wynand — Hank Rearden

Peter Keating — James Taggart

Ellsworth Toohey — Francisco d’Anconia (in slightly different way)

Anyway, I feel this is a good novel to read, which introduce a new world of objectivism in reader’s mind and some persons may get influenced by Ayn Rand’s philosophy.  But I was not influenced by her words.

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