Book Review – ANTHEM by Ayn Rand

Anthem by Ayn RandAnthem Synopsis

Equality 7-2521 is a man apart. Since the Great Rebirth it has been a crime in his world to think or act as an individual. Even love is forbidden. Yet, since his childhood in the Home of the Infants, Equality 7-2521 has felt that he is different. When he is sent by the Council of Vocations to work as a road sweeper, he stumbles upon a link to the old world that gives him the spur to break free. First published in England in 1938, Ayn Rand’s short dystopian novel crystalises the ideas of individualism and competition that would make her name. (Book Depository)

Book Review

Science fiction is not one of my favourite genre but I am all the better for having read this early dystopian novella by Ayn Rand.

The book title is apt, as the novella presents what could be described as an anthem of individualism.

Rand’s Anthem is a short but moving exploration of the power of the words ‘we‘ and ‘I‘. It shows how taken to the extreme on mass each of these words can evoke singlemindness leading to oppression that could prove disastrous to mankind.

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Although the subject matter might sound high-brow, Rand’s skill is in that the prose is extremely accessible. Not one word is used unnecessarily. I listened to Anthem in audiobook and narrator Jason McCoy’s delivery is stirring and evocative without sounding preachy - listen to an audio sample.

The simple and valuable message of Anthem is that the care for others must be carefully balanced with care for oneself, and one cannot truly exist without the other.

BOOK RATING: The Story 5 / 5 ; The Writing 5 / 5

BOOK DETAILS: Anthem (Audible) ; Anthem (Book Depository)

Genre: Literature, Sci-Fi -Fantasy

Author Information: Ayn Rand, born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum (1905 – 1982), was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. Rand wrote Anthem in 1938, very early in her career. She is best known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. (Wikipedia.org)

Other Reviews of Anthem by Ayn Rand : Jandy’s Reading Room ; Brothers Judd

+Joanne P

Comments

  1. Becky 'PolkaDot says

    My teacher gave me this book when I was in 6th grade. We did not get to finish it, though, because it was too tough for some of my classmates. After graduating middle school, I went back to that teacher, Mr. Stone, and I had asked him for the book; because I asked to READ, he let me keep the copy. This book, by far, is on of my favorite books. Yes, it may be difficult for some people, but I enjoyed reading Anthem. I finished the book within 3 days. :)

  2. says

    willysbookreviews.blogspot.com

    This was a recommended book by my English teacher. I searched it up and bought a copy. I read it and concluded that Ayn Rand’s Anthem was awesome. I love dystopian novels so this was a great read.

    I love the main character and how he, Equality 7-2521, is labeled: evil. He, apart from everyone else, has his own thoughts.

    Rand knew just how to make this brilliant, sadly short, novel perfect: eliminate the “I”. Because of this, we feel limited. We feel as if we are Equality. We feel the need to rebel. And equality finds the solution to this.

    It is short. Only about 110 pages long, but make them worthwhile. It is an outstanding novel. It made me want buy “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged”, also by Rand.

    THEY WILL LOVE THIS BOOK AS WE DID. Read the book, then understand the literary joke (snort laugh).

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