Harold Roark?!?

 Posted by on 16 March 2006 at 4:11 pm  Uncategorized
Mar 162006

I’ve never seen the movie version of The Fountainhead — by design — but I suspect that this summary is a tad innacurate:

Think of Gary Cooper as Harold Roark in Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead,” an idealistic architect who refuses to compromise his principles and thus sweeps Patricia Neal’s married Dominique Francon off her feet.

That’s not nearly as bad as the summary of the novel from the publisher of the otherwise-good audio version:

The Fountainhead is an unprecedented phenomenon in modern literature. Arguably the century’s most challenging novel of ideas, The Fountainhead is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle with conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with the beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. In his fight for success, he first discovers, then rejects, the seductive power of fame and money, finding that in the end, creative genius must triumph. His battle against mediocrity gives a gripping new dimension to the concept of evil. The Fountainhead is at once dramatic, poetic, and demanding. A statement of principles for its author, the novel champions the cause of individualism and remains one of the towering books on the contemporary intellectual scene.


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