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Anthem is the classic story about the consequences of social collectivism and the importance of individualism. Anthem has been described as "one of the most important prose poems ever written".
Im not a democrat, and don't like republicans. This story transcends both to remind us that we have a responsibility to ourselves, and it's not anyone's job to to govern us or tell us what to think (politically correct anyone?). As a people, we choose to give our freedoms away for whatever purpose you want. To me, this should be required reading starting in elementary then up through college to capture all of those who have been brainwashed into the collective good. Ann Rand, so prophetic. Brilliantly done, but I do get bored of the rambling she tends to have in parts of her books. We get the point.
Cannot put it down
This book by Ayn Rand is absolutely wonderful. The suspense is very good for someone who feels nervous. It is easily to read, seeing as how this is a last century piece of work. I suggest that a philosopher or science fiction nerd DEFINITELY reads this once in their lifetime. This should also be assigned in Elementary Schools.
By Epic man12
Classic. So great. Must read if you're an anarchist/socialist/poly sci major.
It is filled with action an mystery I just scion books but this book is awesome and wold recommend for everyone to read.
By zoltan stacho
The rabid jabbering of soulless virago.
By Beast swag daddy
It had a good lesson, but the plot was too short barely any action. To be honest it was a waste of my three and a half hours. It's a good book to read if you need to find yourself
Anthem's Plot & My Review
WHAT IT WAS ABOUT (without spoiling it): It's basically about a time in the future , but is like the Dark Ages again. They're forced to live in almost sort of an extreme-communist world and are not allowed to think about or speak of The Unmentionable Times (which is now, where man is smarter than ever before)
They dont have names, they have numbers to identify them. They cant use words like "I" and "her". Instead they must use "we" and "they". They aren't allowed to be curious, question the system, or prefer one man over another (have friends). They must consider mankind as together and they can't prefer anything over another.
One man is "cursed" to have a curious mind. He's assigned to be a Street Sweeper, but has the intelligence and desire to be a Scholar. This leads him to secretly break the laws, invent and rediscover things from the Unmentionable Times, even though that's not his assigned job.
WHAT I THOUGHT: I loved the book. It was suspenseful yet nice and short. It kept you on edge, but was to the point as you started to realize certain things later into the book. It was less than 300 pages with 12 chapters.
Mary A. Turzillo, E.C. Tubb, Murray Leinster, Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Larry Hodges, Henry Kuttner, George H. Scithers, John Gregory Betancourt, John Russell Fearn, Harry Harrison, Edgar Pangborn, Isaac Asimov & Ayn Rand
Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Mary A. Turzillo, E.C. Tubb, Murray Leinster, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Cynthia Ward, George H. Scithers, John Russell Fearn, Harry Harrison, Milton Lesser, Ayn Rand, Jason Andrew, Larry Hodges, Carmelo Rafala, Ray Cluley, John Gregory Betancourt, James C. Stewart & James K. Moran