Ayn Rand's Anthem, Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition PDF

By Ayn Rand

ISBN-10: 0452281253

ISBN-13: 9780452281257

To be had for the 1st time in exchange paperback--this provocative booklet is "an anthem sung in compliment of man's ego"--from the mythical writer Ayn RandAnthem has lengthy been hailed as certainly one of Ayn Rand's vintage novels, and a transparent predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In Anthem, Rand examines a daunting destiny within which members haven't any identify, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives at the hours of darkness a long time of the long run the place all judgements are made via committee, each person dwell in collectives, and all strains of individualism were burnt up. regardless of the sort of restrictive atmosphere, the spark of person notion and freedom nonetheless burns in him--a ardour which he has been taught to name sinful. In a only egalitarian international, Equality 7-2521 dares to face except the herd--to imagine and select for himself, to find electrical energy, and to like the girl of his selection. Now he has been marked for demise for committing the final word sin. In a global the place the good "we" reign ultimate, he has rediscovered the misplaced and holy word--"I."

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And when we look thus without words, we both know other things also, strange things for which there are no words, and these things frighten us. So on that day of the spring before last, Union 5-3992 were stricken with convulsions on the edge of the City, near the City Theatre. We left them to lie in the shade of the Theatre tent and we went with International 4-8818 to finish our work. We came together to the great ravine behind the Theatre. It is empty save for trees and weeds. Beyond the ravine there is a plain, and beyond the plain there lies the Uncharted Forest, about which men must not think.

So we went into the Home of the Street Sweepers. It is a grey house on a narrow street. There is a sundial in its courtyard, by which the Council of the Home can tell the hours of the day and when to ring the bell. When the bell rings, we all arise from our beds. The sky is green and cold in our windows to the east. The shadow on the sundial marks off a half-hour while we dress and eat our breakfast in the dining hall, where there are five long tables with twenty clay plates and twenty clay cups on each table.

But we think that the Council of Scholars is blind. The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them. We know, for we have found a secret unknown to all our brothers. We know not what this power is nor whence it comes. But we know its nature, we have watched it and worked with it. We saw it first two years ago. One night, we were cutting open the body of a dead frog when we saw its leg jerking. It was dead, yet it moved. Some power unknown to men was making it move.

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