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I Am Going to Cop Out Tonight

So I just finished The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and had quite a bit to say about it, but here’s the thing. There’s really so much going on in it that I will definitely need a full blog post or two to really get it all out there, and since I’ll be reading Atlas Shrugged soon anyways, I figured I can combine the two into a super-long essay that you and Google will enjoy even more. That, and the fact that the interview that turned me onto these books in the first place pretty much said everything I feel like saying in this lazy state:

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With that said, I am going to take a raincheck on this review for now with the promise of a real review next time. For those of you that want the executive summary: it’s good. There’s a lot of really weird “huh” moments that really make you think and knock you around a bit, but the fact that it does ensures that despite its impressive length it doesn’t get boring and keeps you thinking. The characterisation is good but different from the Austen novels that I love as well: here, Rand is setting up her ideals for society; what we should strive for and avoid, so it’s much less subtle than Jane Austen’s works (but good in its own way). If you haven’t read it, go pick it up, or check back in a while once I get through the even longer Atlas Shrugged and we’ll pick it up from there.