Saturday, May 10, 2008 12:00 AM [Transplanted from my musings]
I was jumping up and down with joy. Couldn't believe my luck. Mom had informed me that she will buy me a book, because i passed my pre boards well. And that book would be Ayn Rand's The fountainhead or Atlas shrugged. My first reaction, utter surprise, mom...going to buy me a book,
a book she has recommended...*Scratching my head* naa,,, something is wrong here. My second reaction, jumping up and down on the bed...Mom going to pay for this book, and she herself asked me to buy this...Whoa!!!!!!! finally the third reaction, What is Ayn Rand? who is fountainhead? isn't it a strange name? Sounds philosophical, na, i read only crime [at that time, i preferred crime and mystery] and what the hell is atlas shrugged? Whatever, mom is going to buy me this book,* More jumping and bumping*
This book has some explicit content and the message the author is trying to convey in this book, i would advise that you should be at least 16 years of age if you want to read the fountainhead. This book is for the mature minds.The more mature, the better.
SO we finally bought the book the fountainhead from ebony on the mall road. The first reaction of anyone who holds this book in his/her hands is...O MG!!!! around 700 pages,approx 50 lines in each of them.
Its going to make a hell of a read. And it is, a hell of a read. The narrative style is absolutely unique and such a long book, but its irresistible you wanna read more and more. The story is about an architect Howard roark, and Dominique francon his love who spares no chance to destroy him. However the most splendid thing i found in this book was that,this book was first published way back in 1943 yet everything written in this book looks so relevant, as if its a story of our current times. Another thing likable in this book, is its theme,
"that the man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress."
Go grab a copy, borrow it, do anything and read it once. I know people who have read this ultra thick volume more then 10 times even. You may get afraid to read it in the beginning, looks very thick and philosophical, but its a nice book. Read it once. A good one for collectors too.
This book, you should get in around 250 rupees. So ain't very bad to gift a special friend. If the person whom the gift is being given is a avid reader or fond of collecting books, then this will make an ideal gift. On the other hand don't gift this book to a friend who is an occasional reader, he/she may not like it. Also check out the intellectual level of your friend, or family member.
Highly intellectual people should love this book. Also check out the maturity factor. The more mature the better,like i said in age bars.
Do write in your comments regarding this book.
Thought for the day is by
"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill."
Added on 13th may 2008, Tuesday,12.20 pm
Outlook magazine asked some eminent readers their choice of top reads of 2007
see outlook,31 December 2007 page 69
Shahrukh Khan, actor sent this
"I re-read this 1943 novel and found it even more relevant today then I did years ago.I think it's a must for all good people who believe that finding your own path is the most important job of our life."