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He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world he dared to love the woman of his choice. In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilisation he had the courage to seek and find knowledge. But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted. He was marked for death because he had committed the unpardonable sin- he had stood forth from the mindless human herd. He was a man alone. Ayn Rand's classic tale of a future dark age of the great 'We' - in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values - anticipates her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged . This centennial edition of Anthem celebrating the controversial and enduring legacy of its author, features and introduction by Rand's literary executor, Leonard Peikoff, which includes excerpts from documents by Ayn Rand - letters, interviews, and journal notes in which she discusses Anthem . This Volume also includes a complete reproduction of the original British edition with Ayn Rand's handwritten editorial changes and a Reader's Guide to her writings and philosophy.
Publisher: New York : Signet, 1996
ISBN: 9780451191137


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Anthem takes place in a dark, dystopian future. Collectivism and socialist economics have driven mankind to a technological standstill. The individual is not acknowledged in this society, the word "I" having been eliminated from speech altogether. Rand explores the tension between colle... Read More »

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Jun 16, 2016

I love the way this story ends. In my opinion it's better than The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Apr 30, 2016

This interesting story is a good place to begin exploring Rand's ideas and work, and it's appropriate to do so given contemporary politics. The usual hateful, totalitarian suspects are resurgent under their old rubric, "Progressivism", and, true to their nature, they are striving to criminalize and to smother all dissident thought and speech. This shows that Anthem remains relevant to culture and American politics, and this in spite of Rand's mistaken notions about greed as expressed in later works.

Mar 25, 2014

It is a simple read w/ a simple message.

Dec 30, 2013

I picked 'Anthem' to get a feel for Rand's work before commiting to something as hefty as 'Atlas Shrugged'. I'm now delving into 'The Romantic Manifesto' and 'Shrugged'.
I really enjoyed this book but could be biased as I'm a huge fan of dystopian works.

I first heard of Rand while watching a BBC documentary called 'Watched Over By Machines of Loving Kindness' and became interested in this controversial woman and her work. A definite must-see if you're into this kind of stuff and the effect it has on society.

NanoEagle19 Jun 08, 2012

Most people complain that the we is confusing, wich I agree is very true. I am surprised I never heard of this book before. However, let's not let that take away from Rand's underlying mesage: Identity. In an age of technology we lose our identities wanting to be like the biggest celeb or the most popular artist. Yet, what if it goes to this extreme? Unlikely but we are kind of going there. And the other thing, we are living the opposite nightmare: egotisticity. Not sure that's a word... But the writing did get a little confusing, and the ending was ehhh. So my rating remains at a humble 4 stars.

Aug 10, 2011

I struggled to get thru this one, but my very good friend recommended it so I made myself finish it. The last chapter is probably the best chapter I have ever read in any book, ever

Jul 05, 2011

Although the book was hard to slip into at first, if you can imagine you're living in the 1940s, this book is thrilling with subtle intimate moments. It is short and sweet, but be warned that you are about to read a 65-year-old book. Some may feel that the ideas expressed here are old, obsolete, and almost cliché. However, if you've never read any book like this, I recommend this one.


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sithier Jul 17, 2014

i liked how the book was set up and the story line but it wasnt really my type of book


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