Review – “Anthem” by Ayn Rand

Anthem Anthem by Ayn Rand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is an odd book at first. It is a cross between 1984 and Brave New World. The narrator, Equality 7-2521, and in fact everyone in the society Rand depicts, does not use, and does not know, the concept of the individual. Equality speaks of himself as ‘we’ and ‘us’, this becomes confusing to the reader when there are more than one person in a scene. Once I understood, and I had to read the first page a couple times, slowing down and thinking about what was happening as I read, I understood it and it became very interesting. It is only fifty-eight pages but it is full of interesting questions about authority, the good of the many vs. the needs of the individual, and duty to society. After reading The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which are long, boring at times, but ultimately interesting, this shorter story was a nice change in style. When Equality discovers the power of “I” and gives himself a name it is easy to want to cheer with him.

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