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Anthem

Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

1. Chapter 01
2. Chapter 02
3. Chapter 03
4. Chapter 04
5. Chapter 05
6. Chapter 06
7. Chapter 07
8. Chapter 08
9. Chapter 09
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12

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Summary

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.

Reviews

Inter

one of the best books I have ever read. definitely worth a read

Hannah

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.

scott

Interesting book, decent reader, not perfect but not deserving of some of the negative comments either in my opinion.

Nicholas

amateurish book, decent reader

Worst shite imaginable. Poorly written idea-poison.

deepak

- psychology

Good

Steven Baldwin

- low volume level

Good book, but this recorded audio is way too quiet.

Gus

awful book, hard to understand. Pointless meaning.

psichick

- 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.

Gust

- 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.