Anthem by Ayn Rand | Book Review

ANTHEM BY AYN RAND

Genre: Classics, Fiction

“My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.”
― Ayn Rand, Anthem

Synopsis:
He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world, he dared to fall in love. In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilization, he had the courage to seek and find knowledge. But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted. He was marked for death because he had committed the unpardonable sin: standing out from the mindless human herd. Ayn Rand’s classic tale of a dystopian future of the great “We”—a world that deprives individuals of a name or independence—anticipates her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

This seventy-fifth anniversary edition of Anthem, celebrating the controversial and enduring legacy of its author, features an introduction by Rand’s literary executor, Leonard Piekoff, which includes excerpts from documents by Ayn Rand—letters, interviews, and journal notes in which she discusses Anthem. This volume also includes a complete reproduction of the original British edition with Ayn Rand’s handwritten editorial changes and a Reader’s Guide to her writings and philosophy.

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I am. I think. I will.

I know there are a lot of thoughts about this book. It was my first time ever reading it and I did not know much before jumping into it. It focuses on self-identity and freedom in a collectivism society. This book came at a time of when I was trying to find myself again and the philosophy behind the words really resonated with me. This was not the best book I have ever read and felt like there was true character and plot development that was lacking. It was more of the underlying meaning that had me enjoying the story.

Rand has a way of turning a dystopian type society into parallels of our own society and what happens when the government has too much control on individuals. We face it all the time of being put into a box and sometimes that limits our full potential and even our passions. It happens with women, people of color, those who are in poverty. When the government tries to make a system that works for everyone and the whole as a collective it take away from self identity and freedom from the individual.

This book although short, was filled with ideas and concepts that make you think. It reminded me to be myself and be true to my own identity. It made me feel a lot of things and emotions that I was not expecting and not totally sure was the intention of the book.

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Friday Reads | Finding Myself

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Recently I have been going through a lot of things in my personal life. It been kind of hard on me because I thought I was in a good place and was happy. With all of the stuff going on it has been causing me to question everything. The biggest thing being myself and what I want and need from life. I am confused about everything and have decided to go to books to search for answers and to help guide me. A friend suggested that I should pick up Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyla Melton. I am not very far into it yet because I have been trying to take my time with it and really absorb all that it is saying. I have to admit it has already made me cry and I can relate to the author a lot. I think acceptance is important and it is something I am trying really hard to work on. Along with the non-fiction route of self-help I have trying to dig deeper and read more philosophical and meaningful fiction. I feel like there are so many pieces of literature that are referenced and like a staple of the book community that I have not read before. I have always used books to escape life so I’ve always been drawn to lighter fiction and fantasy. But I think if I want to be the princess that doesn’t need someone to save her, I need to keep educating myself and filling myself with knowledge. I decided to start small and picked up Anthem by Ayn Rand.  Have you read either of these books? What are your thoughts? I would love more recommendations of what people think I should read or would be good for me! 

 

What are you reading this weekend?