- Taschenbuch: 720 Seiten
- Verlag: Signet; Auflage: 25 Anv (1. September 1996)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0451191153
- ISBN-13: 978-0451191151
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,9 x 4 x 17,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 413 Kundenrezensionen
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The Fountainhead (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 1996
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Architect Howard Roark is as unyielding as the granite he blasts to build with. Defying the conventions of the world around him, he embraces a battle over two decades against a double-dealing crew of rivals who will stop at nothing to bring him down. These include, perhaps most troublesome of all, the ambitious Dominique Francon, who may just prove to be Roarke's equal. This epic story of money, power and a man's struggle to succeed on his own terms is a paean to individualism and humanity's creative potential. First published in 1943, The Fountainhead introduced millions to Rand's philosophy of Objectivism: an uncompromising defence of self-interest as the engine of progress, and a jubilant celebration of man's creative potential.
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Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtues of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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I heard Tim Ferrriss and the likes so often talk about The Fountainhead and Ayn Rand that I had to try it. Now I know why they recommend it.
The Fountainhead is about the architect Howard Roard and his life. The common theme of the book is the comparison between the protagonist and other men's way of living, especially his study colleague and later star architect Peter Keating.
Further main protagonists are
* Dominik Francon, the daughter of Guy Francon (Star Architect)
* Ellsworth M. Toohey who writes the most important column on Architecture in the newspaper The Banner
* Gail Wynand, the owner and editor of The Banner
It resolves around the conflict of Individualism and Collectivism.
While Howard is what you would call "true to yourself" and "not interested in people's opinions", Peter is following the classical part of the star architect and exemplary student.
While Howard drops out of college, Peter passes his college career as the best student.
While Howard works for the once-famous architect Henry Cameron in a small and shabby office, Peter works for the star architect office Francon & Heyer and quickly is promoted to become a partner.
While Howard lives in poverty but still declines architecture offers where he cannot "be himself", Peter starts to be the architect for more and more prestigious projects.
But still, Peter relies on Howard when it comes to architecture decisions and when he is in trouble.
As a reader, the contrast makes you think about yourself. Are you rather Howard, or Peter? Whom would you like more? Who would you rather be?
At the same time, there is a second story revolving around Dominique and Ellsworth who create a strange alliance that wants to do anything to stop Howard from becoming famous.
The reasons are left a bit unclear in the first place. Later on, it becomes clear that Toohey, although being a socialist, seaks for broader power to promote his political and economic ideas of socialism and egalitarianism.
At the same time, Dominique follows similar ideals as Howard but does not believe them to be able to survive in this world and hence tries to convince her that the likes of Peter Keating are the right people to pursue to lead a happy life. Only at the later parts of the novel she accepts that her values can lead to a happy life and she turns away from Toohey.
In the later novel, Toohey gets a second big rival with Gail Wynand, the owner and editor of The Banner and hence the boss of Toohey. Wynand, a self-made man himself, recognizes the greatness and ideas of Howard and his work. Howard and Wynand build an alliance together with Dominique who
In contrast to that, Toohey tries to destroy or take over The Banner and uses the power of unions and public opinion to build a front against Toohey...
* great story, always turns that you do not anticipate
* great characters with lots of depth
* a lot to think about after reading
* sometimes, there is too much description and too much side detail that could be left away. I just jumped over a lot of pages just to come to the essential parts
Would I recommend it to someone
* who likes to read something to make you think: yes
* who likes easy literature: no
Would I read it again?
Probably not, but just because it was really heavy to read and took a lot of time.
At the same time, it makes you think about your own life and what to pursue in life. Whether you are rather the Howard or the Peter...
That is the great thing about the novel!
Things get even more perverse on the love front. Not to give too much of the plot away, but a sensous, emotionally distant woman who is just Roark's type takes up with exactly the kind of men who hurt Roark the most. It's utterly appalling and yet, in Rand's equation, somehow convincingly human, which makes it all the more appalling. The path to heroism in an Ayn Rand novel is never easy.
There's a lot more going on, including a sleazy gazillionaire publisher with the seeds of greatness, an urbane man of letters who should have been murdered in the crib, and a public housing project that didn't survive to see the light of day. But probably the most salient feature of THE FOUNTAINHEAD is that it is a philosophical novel about the nature of human progress, how it is achieved, by whom and at what cost. (Lucky for us, the speechifying is relayed mostly through dialog and doesn't clutter the plot.)
So is THE FOUNTAINHEAD a good book? I'm not sure that Miss Rand would agree with the tenets of "vox populi, vox dei," but suffice it to say that the book hasn't been out of print since it was first published in 1943 and the New American Library still derives a significant amount of its income from Rand's writings. Read this book, and if you like it go on to the more challenging ATLAS SHRUGGED. You don't have to adopt any kind of political agenda to enjoy THE FOUNTAINHEAD.
Es ist ein wüstes und schmerzhaftes Abenteuer, das Willen fordert.
Frau Rand hat die Gabe, plastisch und lebendig zu schreiben. Ihre Dialoge und Szenen sind brilliant. Man merkt, dass sie Drehbücher geschrieben hat.
Ich freue mich schon auf "Atlas Shrugged".
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