The first time I came across this fat novel which concerns Objectivism at its best, was in college on a friend’s desk. The white colour cover with red structure like lines, every word written on the cover in uppercase letters. If the size of the book was not fascinating to me at the time, the font size inside it did the job. By looking inside it, eloquently written words uniformly scattered over 700 pages made me curious. That was the first time I heard about The Fountainhead. Though I never thought that it would be three years I’d take the novel in my hands to read it for the first time.
In Rand’s The Fountainhead you will meet many characters, but some are ordinary and realistically described human beings, few of them are fascinating. One is Howard Roark, the protagonist, an ingenious architect. He is not the most loved person and at the start of the book, you might not like him. I definitely did not. But as the pages turn up, I come to understand Howard Roark more with Rand’s imagination prescribed in her own words.
Howard Roark’s strength lies in his work. He an honest man, never distracted by the worldly entities, dedicated and focused, behaving bluntly, mostly take him for being rude, clear mind, and emotionally strong. Work Gives him joy. He enjoy his work.On the other hand, there is Peter Keating. A complete human being. A proper shadow of any other man. Personifying every other person on this planet. One of the most realistic characters of the book. Believe in success, but his way of achieving it is not so a likeable method yet fondly practiced all over the world.
The novel tells the story of these two characters in the mid twentieth century America, since they start their architectural career till they are mature enough, or the society the reside is mature enough to recognise the difference. Rand’s book has almost everything. From ambitious young minds, to egoistic adults, jealous friends, and lovers of their own passion.
The narrative is straight and the dialogues exchange between the characters of the book is what droves the plot forward. Not at a single point the book disappointed me, but rather after every chapter it made me curious that helped to read it with more eagerness. Rand’s characterisation is well thought and maintained throughout the book. Objectivism is the professional theme of the novel. One might say that Love is a sub theme but I did not see it is a sub theme.
The book enlightened me on the subjects of Collectivism, Individualism, Altruism, and provoked the thought about how society works is a rat race gone all wrong. I won’t say the length of the novel is something to be considered but yes the novel could have been a bit shorter, like a hundred pages shorter. It is a book a person will read once in a lifetime that will become a memory in itself.
4 out of 5!