After several duds in the reading arena, I finally came across a book I didn’t want to chuck across the room in a fit of frustration at the lack of the writer’s writing ability. This little ray of sunshine to my life is the novella Anthem by Ayn Rand.
I read this book because one of my friends (you know who you are http://vitanienna.wordpress.com/) is one of Ayn Rand’s biggest fans. I want to get either Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead read by the end of the summer so that I can understand where vitanienna comes from at times. I have already read some Kathleen Norris for Shadoweary Elaine (http://shadowearyelaine.wordpress.com/)/Searching for Sophia (http://searchingforsophia19.wordpress.com/)which I loved and I need to read some Marx for Picture a Shoeless Poet (http://pictureashoelesspoet.wordpress.com/).
So, I read Anthem to get used to the writer’s style and also it freaked me out to see how big the two main books of Ayn Rand are. (Atlas Shrugged is always in the top five longest books ever written.) I read it. It sparked my interest. The novella was a fascinating dystopian world of the collective. Ayn Rand never used the word “I” in the entire novel until almost the last chapter. Read it if you enjoyed The Giver, The Last Book in the Universe, or Invasion of the Body Snatchers/The Invasion.
Thank you vitanienna for the great read.
Until Our Next Meeting.
The Lost Writer of Rohan