Ayn Rand – Anthem

May 20, 2009 at 8:14 am Leave a comment


The back cover page of Rand’s timeless classic reads “He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world he dared to love the woman of his choice. In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilization he had the courage to seek and find knowledge. But these were not crimes for which he would be hunted. He was marked for death because he had committed the unpardonable sin: he had stood forth from the mindless human herd. He was a man alone.”

If ever there was a book that offers a stunning glimpse into the ‘groupthink’ mentally, Anthem is it. Set in the future, where somehow people have no knowledge electricity and other basics that we’ve gotten used to, the main character, Equality 7-2521 (yes, make the connection between his name and Adolf Hitler, you can do it), is nothing like his brothers–this is a bad thing. He thinks too much, asks too many questions, and eventually, begins to see that the world is different from what he has been conditioned to think.

At only 107pages, its also a quick read. Part of the dystopia genre (where the future is controlled down to what you think, and your freedom to do almost anything is impeded by ‘big brother’), I simply love this power-packed rebellious novel!



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