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Reviews Comments: Kind Of A Roadblock... The Fountainhead issue/book review by Shrikesnest

Alright, this is coming from a fan of Ayn Rand and a one-time objectivist who loves these books. They're thought-provoking, and quite good as long as you view them as editorials or debate material by a different means instead of stories. I really enjoyed The Fountainhead, and think others could enjoy it too.


There is a scene in the book where the protagonist rapes a woman and she likes it and ends up falling in love with him.

If you can get past that, you'll find a very compelling book with strong metaphor and a deliciously bitter tone. If you can't get past that, well... I'd stay away.


  • Darkblade
  • 4th Oct 09
That is a really big "If".
  • Shrikesnest
  • 18th Jan 10
Yeah, no argument.
  • Garbeld
  • 20th Jul 10
I have to say, that's the point where I set the book down and never really thought about picking it up again.
  • 21st Jul 10
Not that I'd recommend using the "she was asking for it" defense in court or elsewhere, but one could argue that she was asking for it and wasn't all that bothered by it. Sort of a play-act rape. Again, not that I'd suggest real rapes are play-acts.

It's been a while since I've read it, so I could be wrong. But so far as I remember Rand isn't in general a very realistic writer. She calls herself a romantic-realist, or whatever it is. By which we're to understand that in order for us to better understand the real world she creates a fantasy world full of walking and talking symbols. She offers Dostoyevsky ("Crime and Punishment"), Hugo ("Les Miserables"), and Sienkiewicz ("Quo Vadis") as important antecedents. All of them are notable for pushing particular ideological agendas (as we put it these days) through their novels.

The rape scene, in romantic-realist terms, was a demonstration of an essential aspect of her anti-femist theory of love. Namely that women want to be dominated. Pretty sure we're not supposed to take it seriously. Which is why it's a poor scene, as it's hard to be fine with rape no matter how messed up the heroine is before and how happy after. However, I don't think it ruins the whole book.
  • undeadfun
  • 5th Apr 17
So you had no problem with the protagonist being a sociopathic terrorist? That shows your priorities.

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