09 August 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Anthem by Ayn Rand

A friend of mine demanded I read something by Ayn Rand. I looked and they were written in like the early-ish 1900s. This was the shortest one, so I decided why not. Wow. This was just weird and bad and bizarre. It was way too short for the story. And I think it could have been great. The concept was exceptionally well thought out, but it wasn’t executed well. The story was too deep, yet too simplistic all at once. It was rushed, yet too slow. I’m not sure if my review makes any sense, but I think had it been done today with a really good editor, it would have been more my style. I get it was ahead of it’s time and probably controversial back in the 1930s, so I’m giving it two stars for that, but I think so much more could have been done with it.

Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, first published in 1938. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age as a result of the evils of irrationality and collectivism and the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (for example, the word “I” has disappeared from the language). As is common in her work, Rand draws a clear distinction between the “socialist/communal” values of equality and brotherhood and the “productive/capitalist” values of achievement and individuality.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Book count for 2010: 54
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One Response to “Anthem by Ayn Rand”

  1. Andrea Cannavina 9 August 2010 at 2:49 pm Permalink

    Try The Fountainhead: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fountainhead

    I read it when I was in my early 20s. I think I’m going to read it again myself. 🙂

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