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If you could get a sequel for any book, what would it be?

Hands down The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand’s political view and her objectivism aside, Roark is a fictional character that I admire and of whom I am in awe, even if I’ll look back in twenty years’ time. Although I don’t think her theory taken to the extreme level works in actuality, because Ayn Rand’s all-or-nothing view is too extreme, too black-and-white. Therefore, giving in a little is not compromise but rather forfeiting one’s values and surrendering to evil. She argues that society, tainted by collectivism, has a herd mentality that corrupts individual mind. One might not meet the living counterparts of her characters in fullness, but one will recognize many a facet of them in people we know. But after all the injustice and humiliation Roark has endured silently, I would like to read a sequel in which he truly flourishes in his design. A sequel was the first thought that came to my mind after I finished the book.

4 Responses

  1. Have heard you talk about this book over and over again. It challenges me to read. On the other side, I am one who believes in the collectivism. I also appreciate ones individuality but only if it works towards the common good. All too often the importance of both has become blurred in polemics. For instance, once individuality leading to some truth can positively affect the whole. Besides, the individual himself is influenced by the whole.

  2. I was thinking Ayn Rand too, but Atlas, Shrugged instead.

    • After I finished The Fountainhead, I got a copy of Atlas Shrugged right away. I’m looking forward to it, but I need to allocate a huge block of time because I want to devote to it completely.

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