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View Diary: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Club: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (part 1) (216 comments)

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  •  I read Anthem in high school and found it (2+ / 0-)
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    quarkstomper, Catskill Julie

    moving and thrillng.  It's not very detailed in expressing Rand's ideology.  What comes across is a young person searching for meaning in his life, and for a sense of self.  He and his beloved break away from an oppressive, stiffling society, bravely set out on their own, and make a new life for themselves.  It's all about freedom and courage and youth and being in love and learning to say "I am."  A perfect novel for adolescence.  

    Some of Rand's hallmarks are there, such as viewing most human beings with contempt.  But that's not the focus.  And the writing was more lyrical than her usual style -- or at least that's how I remember it.  It would be interesting to go back and read it again, and see how it stood up.  But it certainly is quite different from her other novels.

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