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Fountain of Sorrow Fountain of Light,
This review is from: The Fountainhead (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)I read this book when I was 17, 37 years ago. Waiting in a Doctor's Surgery is no fun so I had decided to take the book as a distraction from my waiting. My father had recently read the book and I knew nothing about it or the author. I am not a avid book reader, though I really enjoy reading, most books disappoint me and nothing was anything different back then. To me you need the first 10 pages or so of a book to grab you. To everyone that 10 pages will be different in content and style offcourse. Wow I have now read the book off and on for 30 years. Maybe 15 times and each time reading different parts more than others, sometimes all, sometimes only the most relevant to me at the time. The book is special to me ( and clearly to many others ) Only a few other books have entranced my imagination so completely. No other book I like is as "deep and meaningful" as this one either. Ultimately this book is about love and finding oneself. Liking oneself. Aspiring to be the best one can be. Not always easy to be the best one can be. Many people do achieve it. Most of us though enjoy succumbing to the pleasures of life. Yet we often watch movies and read books not to re-live our lives rather to see the ideal of our lives. I like the love triangle of Howard, Gail, Dominique - each intensely needing each other, which ultimately is the greatest joy in our lives - the sense of belonging to something more than just ourselves. We as humans need to cohabitate. To block ourselves from ourselves is unbalanced. The relationship triangle is also more real world than it appears initially. The book is really a melodrama like Casablanca and the reason why most Rand enthusiasts either like The Fountainhead and dislike Atlas Shrugged ( and vice versa ). If you want to mix romance with philospohy that is still of value today, no other book can match the combination of surrealism, intensity and passion Rand put into this book.
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Initial post: 27 Mar 2012 14:03:33 BDT
S. Linton-dixon says:
I have been directed to this book by various signs throughout my life. Upon seeking its validation, I was lead to your review. I would like to thank you for removing any doubt as to wether this was the correct book for me. I am ordering it as i finish sending this message.
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