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Anthem by  Ayn Rand - First Edition - 1938 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140938434)

Anthem

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Anthem

by Rand, Ayn

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London: Cassell and Company, 1938. First Edition. Good+. First edition, first printing. Original crimson cloth lettered in gilt, black endpapers. A Good+ copy, lacking the dust jacket. Ex-Boots Library copy with small area of paper residue to front cover and label remnant at rear paste down, tipped-in slip at last page. Head cloth worn, remainder mark to bottom edge of page block. Binding a bit shaken, slight lean to spine. Previous owner name at verso of front free endpaper. The author's scarce second book.

Synopsis

The year 2005 marks Ayn Rand's Centennial Year.Ayn Rand's classic tale of a future dark age of the great “We”-a world that deprives individuals of name, independence, and values-anticipates her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

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On May 29 2012, alecb said:
If you had no idea of the past, no freedom, no individuality, no love, It would seem appropriate to start asking questions. In the powerful story of Anthem one character begins to challenge not only his freedom, but his entire existence. I’ve never been so intrigued by a book I now understand the phrase “I couldn’t put the book down” simply from the high doses of suspense and mystery.Anthem is about a street sweeper named Equality 7-2521 analysing his hardships of living in a communist society. In this future setting all individuality has been forgotten, and the period were these beliefs are accepted were completely forgotten. These time are named the unmentionable times (modern day). For example, Equality 7-2521 discovered a light bulb but he gets shunned by the Council because the light bulb represents the unmentionable times. Also Equality 7-2521 falls in love with a young woman named Liberty 5-3000 or “The Golden One” is what he named her. But later in the book the two star-crossed lovers had no choice but to vanish into the forest because love is another aspect of the unmentionable times that has been forsaken by the Council. “We wish to write this name, we wish to speak it, but we dare not speak it above a whisper.” Equality 7-2521 wrote in his journal.One interesting choice of writing that Ayn Rand chose was when people referred to themselves they don’t use “I.” Individuality has been so looked down upon that when people speak their not only speaking for themselves but for all of their brothers as well. Words such as I, or Mine or Me don’t even exist to them.I’m rewarding this book with 4½ stars. It made me realize that if something in your life doesn’t seem justified, then you have the power to stand up and fight it. It’s human nature to question things greater than us and if we are silenced, then we will do anything to claim victory. Anthem portrayed that in such a way that I was sitting on the end of my seat, but in the end; I would sit back and contemplate what I just read for hours.
On Feb 17 2009, bookfreak3 said:
I highly recommend this book to everyone that would like to read about the United States future. Socialism will, sooner or later, take over America's government.

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Bookseller
Burnside Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
140938434
Title
Anthem
Author
Rand, Ayn
Book condition
Used - Good+
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Cassell and Company
Place of Publication
London
Date published
1938
Bookseller catalogs
Literature;

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gilt
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remainder mark
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jacket
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spine
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shaken
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