The Fountainhead is a novel by Ayn Rand and was her first major literary success.” ~Wikipedia.
Every once in a while, we come across a book with a talent so tangible and a concept so alive, that it becomes an integral part of our life. The deeper you dive in; the clearer is the sight of the treasure of vast knowledge. The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand, is one such book. Oh wait; I am actually committing a blunder by calling it a book. For me, it’s no less than a scripture that presents the ultimate philosophy of life, to be read, if not by all but certainly by those who really want to taste many lives in one go and those who love to be drenched in deep and sublime ideas of integrity, virtues, freedom, atheism, individualism and whatnot.
It is those few that move the world and give life its meaning- and it is those few that I have always sought to address. The rest are no concern of mine; it is not me or The Fountainhead that they will betray; it is their own souls.
There is something for each one of us, somewhere a reflection of one’s own ideology; a character to be admired for a lifetime, somewhere a big question mark on our traditionally woven thought patterns and sometimes an answer to that impertinent question, which anyone of us never dared to ask except the heroes of the book. This is the unique thing about the characters especially that of Roark. You will either end up falling in love with them or envy them for being so terribly right and clear about their actions. Howard Roark, who’s one of the protagonists, becomes the role model without making a single endeavour to convince you of his terminologies.
Ever got stuck while deciding on what to choose? Ayn Rand has the answer!
Here’s Roark for you!
“Never ask people. Not about your work. Don’t you know what you want? How can you stand it, not to know?”
When was the last time your inner voice got suppressed under the thunderous cries of idealism, while you weren’t aware of the fact that true idealism lies in following the voice of your instinct?
You know the answers and the reasons to all, but with an understanding that only anticipated convincing the crowd shouting around you.
Here, the characters are superior in their own ways. Some don’t believe in God but are profoundly religious in their own unique manners.
Just like diverse human emotions, we have been defining love in n number of ways and here you’ll be introduced to it in somewhat unusual manner.
Personal love is an act of discrimination of preference. It is an act of injustice to every human being on earth whom you rob of the affection arbitrarily granted to one.
To add more to it, you will be coming across some old theories but with a novel approach. This life is worth living for oneself only.
In Roark’s vibrant words, it feels more persuasive when he says,
“I could die for you. But, I couldn’t and wouldn’t, live for you”
Oh dear, did I miss the most stirring part of this book by Ayn Rand?
Dominique Francon, the gorgeous and the most intellectual woman who will take you to the world where you start objecting the previous one in which you have been dwelling all this while, in doubts and misapprehensions. She is tough, strong in her beliefs and lives her life at the extremes. However, she makes herself go through the hardships before someone else does the job. She makes herself suffer before it comes to her and that’s how she makes you learn another important lesson, that one should not go with what sounds easy to most people; the halfway, the almost, the just about, the in-between.
This book of Ayn Rand, despite being a work of fiction left an everlasting impact on my mind.
I bet, at the end of the day, you will feel a strong urge to be like one of these characters.
Keeping aside the exuberant quotations, Ayn Rand in ‘The Fountainhead’ has something else for you!
The rich and vast vocabulary used in the book serves to be a bonus in itself.
It will teach you to be who you are; to never underestimate the power of being yourself because it’s a bliss if you are quite a loner and if you don’t get along with people so easily. You know, why?
Well, the book has the answer.
Every loneliness is a pinnacle!
I won’t add too much to acknowledge the subtlety of The Fountainhead. I won’t even stuff more reasons as to why you must read this book. Among the plethora of books known to us, it’d be tough to claim the supremacy of one thing or the other but you can trust me on this, more than anything you’ll get to know yourself, which matters, right?
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Guest Post- Written By- Shweta Sharma