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"Anthem takes place in a dark, dystopian future. Collectivism and socialist economics have driven mankind to a technological standstill. The individual is not acknowledged in this society, the word "I" having been eliminated from speech altogether. Rand explores the tension between collectivism and individualism and equates the errors or triumphs of these with socialism and capitalism."--Content Reserve screen.
Publisher: [Waiheke Island] : Floating Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9781775412076
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource (56 p.)


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Aug 05, 2020

A very enriching read. Some would call it boring, but it has a lesson and beauty to it that only the wise can perceive. I, personally, love, well, not exactly love, but appreciate this book because it shows us a reality that some in our world are fighting for. It is definitely a classic in my eyes.

Mar 16, 2020

Great book, would recommend especially if reading 1984, Fahrenheit 451, etc. for school. I read this at 13 and found it appropriate.

Feb 01, 2020

Anthem by Ayn Rand is a very interesting novella that was first published in 1938 and revised in 1946. It is based off of her philosophy of objectivism. Anthem follows the character Equality 7-2521 in a dystopian future where the word “I” has been lost in time by the common people and is punishable by execution if the council of vocations discovers somebody spoke it. This book is written as a sort of hidden journal written by Equality 7-2521 on his journey of discovering individuality. I really like this concept as it has something very unique going for it, something that almost brings the reader along with the main character. The pacing is great as a lot of things happen in the ~105 pages as nothing is rushed too quickly, and the story feels complete. The characters seemed to lack a certain depth, though it could be interpreted as a result of the collective willed society. While Anthem is considered a controversial novel, I feel that it shows an interesting take on society and philosophy, and recommend this book for everyone to try as is doesn’t require too much investment. Overall I liked this book a lot and think Rand had delivered something that many dystopia and philosophy fans would enjoy. 4/5 stars.
@ANIMAL279 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Dec 01, 2019

Russian-American writer Ayn Rand wrote this short dystopian novella in 1937. The writing is imaginative, but the true heart of the story is its philosophic discussion which praises the value of individualism over the dark oppression of collectivism gone wrong.

Nov 29, 2019

the novel begins with an anne frank feeling to it: the narrator avers that it is a sin to write. similar to WE THE LIVING, which it is more compelling than, why I don't know, but it is so. p.s. if it is sinful to write, it is likely also to be sinful to think (thinking defined as having individual thoughts which contain the possibility of differing from one's comrades' thoughts). take a look around you, comrades; it can be dangerous to be nonconformist, these days. how did this come to be, in a Land of Freedom? A Towering Example of Democracy? The perfectionism of prudes who are running sex-trafficking businesses, on the side.

Jul 22, 2019

A classic dystopian novel that is right up there with Brave New World and 1984.

Feb 19, 2019

I read this in high school but I don’t think I really appreciated it until I read it again as an adult.

Dec 04, 2018

A really stupid book, written for children, I guess.

May 23, 2018

some interesting articles about the author:
“The right’s Ayn Rand hypocrisy: Why their “religious” posture is a total sham – Conservatives booted atheists from CPAC, but love a raging anti-Christian. The reason has to do with economic greed”
by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, posted February 28, 2014, at Salon
“Ayn Rand Argues That Believing in God Is an Insult to Reason on The Phil Donahue Show (Circa 1979)”
posted in Philosophy, Politics, Religion, November 19, 2010, at
Open Culture : The best free cutural & educational media on the web
“Ayn Rand: Conservatives' Abortion-Rights, Anti-Religion Inspiration”
by Frank James, posted November 14, 2011, at NPR

Jun 16, 2016

I love the way this story ends. In my opinion it's better than The Giver by Lois Lowry.

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sithier Jul 17, 2014

i liked how the book was set up and the story line but it wasnt really my type of book


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