Ayn Rand - Anthem

This is another great book by Ayn Rand. I may have even enjoyed reading it more than I did Atlas Shrugged. To compare and contrast the two in detail would take too long, but I enjoyed the simple story in this one and the philosophy isn't as redundant as it occasionally becomes in her magnum opus. Of course, her philosophy isn't completely spelled out in Anthem either so you still need to check out Atlas Shrugged for the whole picture.

The fiction in Anthem isn't as unbelievable as I felt Atlas Shrugged was near the end of the book. I enjoy fiction, but only when it is still believable. When miracles start occurring in fictional works, it becomes difficult for me to continue to believe and enjoy the story or stay focused on the philosophy presented. But that is just me.

Another thing that I really liked about Anthem was the writing style. The first person context and almost scriptural or poetic-like format really drew me into the "verses".

This is the book that inspired Rush's "Anthem" and "2112".

I'm going to leave my review at that without going into a summary. This way, those of you who haven't read it yet won't have the story blown for you. The entire book is only a little over 100 pages in length. You won't be able to put it down until you are finished which won't take more than a few hours--a few wonderful hours.

I shall choose friends among men, but neither slaves nor masters. And I shall choose only such as please me, and them I shall love and respect, but neither command nor obey. And we shall join our hands when we wish, or walk alone when we so desire. - page 111