Did She Not Own A Dictionary?: a review of "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand

I think Rand had it in her to be an excellent writer but was too in love with her own writing and beliefs to be, dare I say it, objective about them.

She suffers terribly from diarrhea of the pen; using fifteen descriptives when five would be just as meaningful.

Her characters are black and white and are either long winded or don’t speak when they should, with some empty refrain like "knowing that he knew and it did not need to be said" being used in place of dialogue.

The choice to make the "perfect man" and "perfect woman" of the story (SPOILER) a rapist and rape victim boggles the mind, destroys the believability of their relationship/characters, and makes one wonder if Rand understood the definition of, & the action described by, the word rape.

Rand’s descriptives are beautiful and her message of individualism is commendable but her one dimensional view and brain vomiting preachiness do not make her a good messenger.

1.5 out of 5 stars.

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