Reviews of Anthem (1938)
Review by darkkilala (2004-12-21)
This book was ok, but I have read better. But the author was very through with the book and it was very well written. The authors explanation of everyhting in the book and the way that she tells it is just fasinating.
Review by azure (2003-08-22)
I think that Anthem is probably the best way to grasp the core of Ayn Rand's philosophy, and the explanation of why she created it in the first place.
Anthem made me wonder about doing things for the common good, and if that's always for the individual best. Certainly the brighter students in any class, who sit bored because they know what the teacher is saying, will say that common good shouldn't always be held highest.
Of course, some plot is sacrificed for the sake of making the philosophy clear, but it is still a very satisfying read that will make the reader think about their motives for actions and what they would like of life.
Review by kbreit (2003-05-29)
Ayn Rand's Anthem is a book which you could sit down and read in a 2 or 3 day period if you so wish. I wasn't an overly huge fan of it. The entire time the word "I" was substituted with "we" as a metaphor for the communal society.
The biggest fault with the book was that it seemed to lack a plot. While one was there, it went from scene to scene relatively quickly, not really elaborating much. You could sum it up by him walking into a scene, learning, saying "Eureka!". From there, you lather, rinse, repeat.
I would maybe recommend this book to someone. The problem is that I would say "Read it if you're looking for something quick, easy, and political".