As the American Library Association celebrates Banned Books Week, I recalled Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 , a dystopian novel inscribed for the temperature at which paper burns. Books are illegal and “firemen” such as Guy Montag incinerate any books found.
Like Knowles’ A Separate Peace, I don’t list Fahrenheit 451 among my favorites. Still and all, I appreciate Bradbury’s message. This is what could result if we continue to ban books in our libraries.
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Title and Author(s): Ayn Rand and Christopher Hurt’s The Fountainhead
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Hours: 32 hours, 4 minutes
Source: Harris County Public Library eBranch
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Reasons for Reading: My first attempt at reading Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead happened in my teens. However, I hit the wall and threw in the towel. Nine years later, I picked up an unabridged audio version and listened to the entire thing. As one of the winners in the Revisited Challenge, I selected the audio version route yet again.
Summary: Expelled from his architectural school in 1922 for refusing to follow traditions, genius Howard Roark travels to New York and works for disgraced architect Henry Cameron. Roark’s former classmate and antithesis, Peter Keating also moves to New York. However, Keating’s sycophantic ways land him a position with the prestigious architectural firm of Francon & Heyer. Keating succeeds and makes partner after causing Heyer’s fatal stroke. Meanwhile, Cameron retires and Roark opens his own office. When he refuses to give in to the will of others, Roark receives little business. Roark closes up shop and takes up work in Francon’s granite quarry in Connecticut – leading him to his first encounter with Francon’s exquisite but most contrary daughter, Dominique.
One Thing I Learned from this book: Ayn Rand didn’t have much sympathy for people. I’d say she’s a rather black & white sort of person.
What I Liked: I liked that Roark was true to himself. I felt I could see these characters and understand what Rand attempted to express.
What I Disliked: I couldn’t quite handle Roark’s relationship with Dominique. While the author may have seen it as appropriate, I thought it was violent. Also, I thought this book would’ve been easier to take in serial form.
Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17
Song: Frank Sinatra – My Way (1969)
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