Sunday, September 20
Book Review Anthem
Author: Ayn Rand
Summary: Anthem has long been hailed as one of Ayn Rand's classic novels, and a clear predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him--a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd--to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin. In a world where the great "we" reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word--"I."
My Rating: 7.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was a quick read, but it was still very heavy on themes of finding ones self, an individual, in a collective society. This society has no need for “I” or “me”, it’s only “we”, even when a person is taking about themselves. Which can throw you off a bit, when you first read the book, but once you get used to that, it’s a hard book to put down.
I really enjoyed following Equality 7-2521, as we followed him through as he slowly comes to terms that he is a person, an individual and not part of a community of people.
Rand’s writing captures the reader easily, although, because this is written as a collection of thoughts from Equality 7-2521, rather then a story, the writing can be a little, jumbled, almost like jumbled thoughts, which is what I think the author intended, but it’s hard to get a good grasp on her writing style this way. I would have liked to see a bit more of her style, but the way it was written worked for the book, as you peeped into the characters head, and were able to experience/read his thought process as he examined himself as a community of people, or “we”, to finding himself as an individual.
It was very different and usual read. A lot of philosophical and psychological issues in here, so it makes it hard to review without getting into that, but it was a good book in the dystopian genre, on how collective societies and the oppression some face within them.
Would I recommend it to read: I’d recommend the book, but I think a lot of people may not like the book, just because it’s very heavy on philosophical/psychological examination of the self. It’s not a book that is a light read. It’s a short book, so it doesn’t take long to read it, but it’s a book that is heavy on what you take out of it, and a book that makes you think. It’s a great book for a book club, where you can debate what you’ve read after, but for the most part I’d say it’s worth reading, but may not be for everyone.
What to read next: The Giver (for YA Fans), Brave New World,
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