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Spark Notes The Fountainhead by SparkNotes Editors – Packaging

July 26, 2011
Spark Notes The Fountainhead by SparkNotes Editors

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 Rands writing, combine to give this book its enduring influence.

Great Plot, Great Characters
What I love most about this book is the great plot and the very well developed characters. I find The Fountainhead is a bit easier to read and digest when compared to Atlas Shrugged (which I also love), and in my opinion, The Fountainhead also has a lighter touch when it comes to pushing objectivism.

This book is a great story about a man against the world, a man with strength of character who believes in what he does, and does it to best of his ability no matter the obstacles put in his way. Howard Roarke is a solitary man who who excels at architecture, despite the fact that all of peers believe that his work is rubbish. The truth of the matter is that most of them know, but won’t admit, that it’s really their work that is rubbish, not Roarke’s.

It is well worth the read, and a great entry point before reading Atlas Shrugged, which is much longer, and delves more into the philosophy of objectivism.

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