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Anthem by Ayn Rand
By: (1905-1982)

The title 'Anthem' is derived as an anthem to sense of self and self-governing thoughts. Anthem is a story of Equality 7-2521 who is a young man living in some unspecified future time and place. In this future era freedom and individual rights have been eradicated.

The starring character of the novel is an inquisitive street cleaner. He lives in a society where people have lost their knowledge of individualism, to the extreme that people do not know words like 'I' or 'mine'. All the people live and work for their livelihood in collective groups, along with the people with power, namely the 'Councils'. There are many types of councils namely the Council of Vocations, Council of Scholars etc. The society is where all the terminology of individualism is completely restrained. They emphasize the principle that all are equal and should remain that way.

Equality was an outstanding student during childhood and was very interested in learning. He wanted to become a scholar in the Council, but for his thought, he was punished by the Council which is responsible for assigning jobs to each individual. They punished him by assigning him the job of street sweeper.

Equality had a thirst for knowledge that he secretly satisfy by sneaking into a tunnel every evening, where he was alone. He used the time to write, think and to perform some scientific experiments. Soon he falls in love with a woman named Liberty 5-3000.

The book enumerates the quest for knowledge by this young man who struggles to find answers for many burning questions. These questions lead him to discover the mystery behind his society and the key to freedom. You'll find the book hard to put down as it tackles the question of expressing love in a society that does not recognize it.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 31 reviews)

Reviewer: - January 29, 2021
one of the best books I have ever read. definitely worth a read
Reviewer: - September 27, 2020
Great book, written in journal fashion. Lovely easy to understand concept that is contrary to modern ideas. The authors personal history brings another layer to the story as it is the closest shes come to an autobiography. This doesn't have to be a political attack some people feel it to be. It is simply a well written piece on an impossible situation.
Reviewer: - June 20, 2018
Interesting book, decent reader, not perfect but not deserving of some of the negative comments either in my opinion.
Reviewer: - March 22, 2018
amateurish book, decent reader
Reviewer: - October 21, 2017
Worst shite imaginable. Poorly written idea-poison.
Reviewer: - August 8, 2017
Subject: psychology
Reviewer: - March 16, 2017
Subject: low volume level
Good book, but this recorded audio is way too quiet.
Reviewer: - February 22, 2017
awful book, hard to understand. Pointless meaning.
Reviewer: - February 21, 2017
Subject: research her admiration for serial killers
It's funny how everyone who expounds the wonders of this & her other "books" tells the rest of us that we should be required to read her drivel.
Reviewer: - September 8, 2016
Subject: Poor reader
Ugh. Mispronounced words, stumbling reading... poor over-dramatic style that seems, at times, to be more fitting for 3rd grade poetry contest. Book is good, reader is so bad.
Reviewer: - April 15, 2015
Subject: Anthem
I started listening and was so caught up in the story that I could not turn it off. Well read.
Reviewer: - March 28, 2015
This was definitely a strange book. It was rather annoying in spots and seemed a little juvenile, but probably a juvenile wouldn't know what-in-the-world was going on most of the time. Who knows, you might agree with the majority.
Reviewer: - February 11, 2015
Subject: Oh Ayn Rand
Reading an Ayn Rand novel is like getting a sneak peak into the brain of a psychopath. It's interesting in a peculiar way, but if you find yourself aligning your ideals with Rand's...I feel sorry for your sanity.
Reviewer: - August 17, 2014
Subject: Utopia
Beautifull story and narration. Though Im dissapointed that there is not an Anthem 2. And to my surprise the author is a woman.
Reviewer: - June 23, 2014
An incredibly prophetic novel that should be required reading in schools of countries that strive to remain free.
Reviewer: - April 19, 2014
Subject: Anthem
On of the most influential bools of my youth because it made me think about self ownership and its relationship to knowledge and censorship, the latter being the province of slave owners.
Reviewer: - March 18, 2014
Enjoy'd it. Well read.
Reviewer: - November 9, 2013
The author clearly lacks the intelligence required to write a novel of this sort.
Reviewer: - September 3, 2013
Subject: Anthem
It's a beautiful piece of literature. However, it must be read in the historical context in which it was written. The apparent naivety of the prose works well with the characters. It has rhythm.
Reviewer: - July 31, 2013
One of my all-time favorite books. Worth the listen.
Reviewer: - July 19, 2013
There were some nice ideas, but in general - the focus on egoism is dumb.
Reviewer: - July 12, 2013
It was great! It was kind of like a mix of 1984 and Uglies. Which I loved. Books are so awesome!!
Reviewer: - June 13, 2013
Pathetic rants!
Reviewer: - May 27, 2013
Subject: James
What a great book. This is a look into what the future would be like if government rules us.
Reviewer: - May 3, 2013
Classic libertarian tome....
Reviewer: - April 19, 2013
So confusing I hated it. It's not even a real book
Reviewer: - April 10, 2013
Subject: Anthem
I see this book as a warning. This could happen if we keep allowing politicians to tell us what to think. Everyone should not only read this book, but digest every page.
Reviewer: - December 20, 2012
Subject: Anthem
Just plain awesome! My homeschooled children will be reading this one for sure!
Reviewer: - December 1, 2012
Subject: Anthem
Lousy writing...characters are 2-dimensional at best. This is not literature, it is ideology.
Reviewer: - October 27, 2012
Subject: Anthem
Ayn Writes wonderful books. Every one should read "Atles Shrugged" also and this is where America is going today.
Reviewer: - October 25, 2012
Subject: Blew my mind!
Very good read/listen. It still has me thinking... I recommended this to friends and to you!

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