The Fountainhead PDF(Centennial Edition Hardcover)
Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” is about a small society of architecture and related to the press, but just changing the two architectural words into the software industry is appropriate. The work has had a profound impact on the development of the ideological infrastructure of American society and the American citizens have transformed their awareness and changed their lives from her words.
- The book reached the top of the best novels of the 20th century, with more than 6 million copies sold.
- The novel tells the story of an unqualified architect, Howard Roak. He always goes against the flow of power, the cunning of society.
- He always erected works that make others admire, and also because of that he was buried mercilessly.
- But in the end he kept his passion, positive spirit, and paid off.
Peter Keating, an architect who is passionate about painting, but because of her material aspirations and responsibility to her mother, she has to take herself into the world of luxurious architecture. Peter is a fragment of the humble and rotten soul of man. He always lives secondary: life is defined by others, actions are guided by the will of others. Peter can only see himself when looking into the eyes of others, when seeing the applause of the crowd for him. And miserably, that acclaim, the admiration in his eyes was for talents he also borrowed from others. Arrogant and paranoid on fame and fortune, Peter considered himself the king, the spear of all elite populations, without knowing that he was just an ant who was accidentally pushed into a high position by the herd in the cup. savage bait. Then, in old age, to work and to devote.
Not as stupid as Peter Keating, Ellsworth Tooheyit’s great, but still stupid in a great way. Ellsworth understood the public’s heart. He knows what all the crowds are crowded with but are eager to need: great men who cheat on the ego to rely on, ambiguous beliefs soot to follow; because they don’t have faith in themselves. Ellsworth is a great man. He understood the masses and made them believe in him, but Ellsworth did not believe in the shine of the individual soul, which was the greatest ignorance, the greatest mistake of Ellsworth’s life. Instead of directing the masses into holiness, Ellsworth made them sell their faith, chasing after frivolous values, thereby gaining power. Thanks to Ellsworth’s parables, the masses frantically believed in Lois Cook’s cliché literature; believe in the trash on Ike’s stage play; believe in the ignorant editorial of Lancelot Clokey. Thanks to that Ellsworth has power, the power of faith is misplaced. But in the end, Ellsworth himself was the one who lost his poor soul.
Gail Wynand, a media tycoon, half of Ellsworth Toohey, the other half an angry man. He was angry because of the loss of his soul. Gail could not see with him a wise man, a man who had not sold any part of his soul. And angrier when Gail knows that the crowd out there are floods of secondary living like that, only living clinging to the existence of others. For most of his life, Gail used that insight to collect money, fame and scandal. With the “New York Flag” newspaper, Gail gave the public what they wanted to see: sex, scandal, social disgust … A dirty newspaper and no proper political opinion, but a newspaper. The most popular and most profitable of the Gail Wynand empire. And like “New York Flag,” Gail had to bury his ego deep to follow the public hustle; so obsessive that he built a bedroom separate from the world; and every second of every minute, Gail was suffering from his own life. In revenge, Gail destroys people with souls, but does not deserve their own egos, talents; until Gail meets Howard Roark.
And finally the monument of the human ego: Howard Roark. He is an architect who takes risks in both thought and action. Get rid of Renaissance architectural trends, Gothic … classic that the public is blindly pursuing; Howard follows the call of reason to create his own arrogant constructions and bear in them the longing of their owners. Howard doesn’t care about public opinion, doesn’t care what people think of him, because he knows he can live and shine without the existence of others; You don’t need someone to define your values. Extremely Howard, you would think so, and I think so; because we cannot believe the integrity of such perfection of a soul. But listen to Howard Roark’s statement, which is also the key to “The Fountainhead”.