As a book reader, there is always an irresistible urge to suggest good books to others. The moment you start reading a book and it starts to make an impression on you, the urge to suggest it to someone you love or someone who loves books starts. And by the time you finish it, if the same impression continues to be, the urge becomes irresistible. This urge started for me when I started reading "The Fountainhead".
I have been introduced to a new world with this book, a world where Morals surpass Legality, Conscience becomes the highest judge and Individuality is worshiped. In a sense, the characters in this novel written by Ayn Rand in 1943, take you on an intellectual ride with them and with their view of the world.
The novel concentrates on the importance of Intelligence, Independence, and Integrity in human beings. It raises the bar of intellect and creativity and condemns the so-called second-handers which are defined to be living in a world someone has created for them, renouncing their own talents and repudiating their highest potential.
The novel emphasizes a form of philosophy called Objectivism that Ayn Rand developed. Objectivism is characterized by Ayn Rand as a philosophy for living on Earth. The ideas of this philosophy have been explained to a great extent in The Fountainhead and later in Atlas Shrugged. The protagonist characters in the novel act only according to reason and their moral judgment in order to pursue their happiness which is building the kind of world they want to live in.
The story is about an architect who believes in individuality and integrity and designs modern buildings when everybody is recreating traditional architecture. The struggles that he has with the people of no integrity, along with the ideals of socialism among many other things takes us on an intellectual journey. The story challenges Politics and the socio-economic policies of the times which are applicable even today.
Let's look at some quotes from the Novel.