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- Listening Length: 1 hour and 47 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: ABN
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 Feb. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004NUCHHW
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However, once I grasped the concept of using the collective 'we' rather than ever using the word 'I' I began to enjoy the storyline.
One thing I liked about this book is that the story was simplistic. Maybe Ayn Rand kept the storyline simple because she guessed people may have trouble getting the writing style around their heads but by the end of the book, looking back on all the events that happened, everything made sense.
I personally have never read a classic novel like this one before and found it quite enjoyable by the end. I am still going to stick to my favourite genres (Dystopian, Young Adult, etc) but this was a nice change from the usual books that I read.
I would highly recommend this book if you're looking for a little break or a pleasant change in your normal reading style!
In this allegory, Rand appears to criticise collectivism and she has been accused of being fascist. I'm not sure. Rand was a refugee who fled the Soviet Union; just because she criticises communism, does that make her automatically the polar opposite? Huxley is critical of society in his book and Orwell, the arch-socialist, is critical of collectivism in his text. The power of the individual is a staple of our culture and forms the basis of much SF; from "Star Trek" to "Dr Who", from H.G. Wells to Iain M. Banks, the individual is celebrated and collectivism frowned on, be it through the daleks or the dark side or some evil empire; you get the picture. This is an important story for two reasons: a) it is an example of timeless SF and b) it introduces us to objectivism.
It is also very short. A recommended read, then, whether or not you subscribe to Rand's philosophy.
However one sees the world; power to the individual or power to the state, the story is engrossing, a journey of redemption for a man whose only sin is to be different.
It follows the life of young Equality 7-2521, who, like all others in his world, speaks of himself in the third person plural. He is exceptionally observant and slyly witty.
He is also an inventor who challenges the status quo not only with his ideas but also his extreme height. At six feet he is literally a victim of the 'tall poppy' syndrome, and is punished for standing out.
As in the best dystopian stories, there is light, and possibly love in the gloom... but I'll say no more of the plot...
The thing which made this book so gripping for me was the beautiful way it was written. I found the voice so poetic and clues to his transformation were given as much in the language as the story.
Highly recommended, if only to sample this legendary author and see what the fuss is about.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading this book made me so angry at the socialist society but in a good way. The book really emphasises and magnifies the socialist values and what the consequences of those are. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Digicam fan
A difficult style of reading to get on with initially. However, I enjoyed the storyline and was glad I had read it in the end.Published 11 months ago by bigal4e
Anthem is a dystopian novella that is effectively a political statement about the dangers and evils of communism written in the historical context of the 1930s. Read morePublished 22 months ago by CFB London
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a classic and indeed thought provoking, especially in the times that this book was written. it is written in an impersonal way and for me this makes the character in the book less... Read morePublished on 26 May 2015 by laros76
This is a truly superb and very thought provoking bookPublished on 30 April 2015 by C. J. Passingham