I finished The Fountainhead

[Spoilers ahoy]

…and now know what all the fuss is about. While long, the book justifies its length by offering extensive studies in power and motivation. It’s as much the story of Roark and individualism as it is about Toohey and his power-building. I’ll be posting more notes about the book in the following days. It has given me plenty to think about.

As a prelude to the upcoming posts:

The guys in the old punk group Code of Honor may not have liked Roark, but they certainly identified with his worldview. Witness their song “Code of Honor” and its lyrics about being “your own advisor” and keeping “your own counsel.” Did Roark do both of those things? You bet. Did he maintain that his “self determination and his honor are more important than [his] immediate life”? Considering that he dynamites the building–his building– that Keating and co botched and stands trial for it, yes. He staked his reputation on everything he built and never once tried to justify himself. Him and political punkers have plenty in common. More to come later.

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3 thoughts on “I finished The Fountainhead

  1. Martel

    I assert that Uncle Ellsworth is one of literature’s greatest villians. Say what you will about her views on individualism, she got the mindset of the cultural elites down pat.

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  2. errantbuckeye Post author

    Yes, Rand does indeed know the mindset of the elites. Toohey goes a step further than most power-mangers by deflecting credit, but in doing so, he only makes his own position more important. He’s as manipularitive as he is arrogant: The whole point of the Stoddard Temple rigamarole was to build a home for “subnormal” children. Toohey had Roark do it so Toohey could blame him and say to Stoddard, “See, we should have built the children’s home after all,” and muscle in with Toohey’s cadre of architects. Toohey got what he wanted at the expense of someone else’s money.

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