By Ayn Rand
To be had for the 1st time in alternate paperback--this provocative e-book is "an anthem sung in compliment of man's ego"--from the mythical writer Ayn RandAnthem has lengthy been hailed as considered one of Ayn Rand's vintage novels, and a transparent predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In Anthem, Rand examines a daunting destiny during which contributors haven't any identify, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives at nighttime a while of the longer term the place all judgements are made by means of committee, each person stay in collectives, and all lines of individualism were burnt up. regardless of one of these restrictive atmosphere, the spark of person suggestion and freedom nonetheless burns in him--a ardour which he has been taught to name sinful. In a merely egalitarian international, Equality 7-2521 dares to face except the herd--to imagine and select for himself, to find electrical energy, and to like the girl of his selection. Now he has been marked for loss of life for committing the last word sin. In a global the place the nice "we" reign ultimate, he has rediscovered the misplaced and holy word--"I."
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But the seeds flew wildly, for the hand of the Golden One was trembling. Yet as we walked back to the Home of the Street Sweepers, we felt that we wanted to sing, without reason. So we were reprimanded tonight, in the dining hall, for without knowing it we had begun to sing aloud some tune we had never heard. But it is not proper to sing without reason, save at the Social Meetings. "We are singing because we are happy," we answered the one of the Home Council who reprimanded us. "Indeed you are happy," they answered.
And our heart beat in our fingertips, without reason. And then we knew. We knew suddenly that this place was left from the Unmentionable Times. So it was true, and those Times had been, and all the wonders of those Times. Hundreds upon hundreds of years ago men knew secrets which we have lost. And we thought: "This is a foul place. " But our hand which followed the track, as we crawled, clung to the iron as if it would not leave it, as if the skin of our hand were thirsty and begging of the metal some secret fluid beating in its coldness.
We have broken the laws. The laws say that men may not write unless the Council of Vocations bid them so. May we be forgiven! But this is not the only sin upon us. We have committed a greater crime, and for this crime there is no name. What punishment awaits us if it be discovered we know not, for no such crime has come in the memory of men and there are no laws to provide for it. It is dark here. The flame of the candle stands still in the air. Nothing moves in this tunnel save our hand on the paper.
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