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Anthem (version 3)

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By: (1905-1982)

This Novella by Ayn Rand was first published in England in 1938. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (for example, the use of the word "I" is punishable by death). Rand, as a teenager living in Soviet Russia, initially conceived Anthem as a play. This is a novel upholding Rand's central principles of her philosophy and of her heroes: reason, values, volition, individualism.

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by Ayn Rand

Chapter One

It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil. It is as if we were speaking alone to no ears but our own. And we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone. We have broken the laws. The laws say that men may not write unless the Council of Vocations bid them so. May we be forgiven!

But this is not the only sin upon us. We have committed a greater crime, and for this crime there is no name. What punishment awaits us if it be discovered we know not, for no such crime has come in the memory of men and there are no laws to provide for it.

It is dark here. The flame of the candle stands still in the air. Nothing moves in this tunnel save our hand on the paper. We are alone here under the earth. It is a fearful word, alone. The laws say that none among men may be alone, ever and at any time, for this is the great transgression and the root of all evil. But we have broken many laws... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 24 reviews)

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.
February 3, 2015
Subject: Great book, LAZY narrator
So disappointed in the way this lady reads the book. MISPRONOUNCING and STUMBLING over words?! Come on, have some respect!!!! I understand that this is a free service, but better quality would be nice.
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.
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.
March 18, 2014
Enjoy'd it. Well read.
November 9, 2013
The author clearly lacks the intelligence required to write a novel of this sort.
Reviewer: - November 8, 2013
I read this for school many, many years ago, still have the paper back copy but its ruined now. This was good in an odd way, when I first read it I hardly understood. There is an acquired charm in this book.
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.
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 22, 2013
Timely book especially now as the cultural of "we" has gained a foothold in key pillars of our society.
Reviewer: - June 13, 2013
Pathetic rants!
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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