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Equality 7-2521 lives in the Dark Ages of the future, where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, all traces of individualism have been wiped out. But the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in Equality 7-2521, a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, he dares to stand forth from the herd -- to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin: in a world where the great "we" reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word "I". This provocative book is an anthem sung in praise of man's ego
Publisher: New York : Dutton, [1995]
Edition: 50th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780525940159
Characteristics: 253 p. ; 23 cm


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Feb 19, 2019

I read this in high school but I don’t think I really appreciated it until I read it again as an adult.

Dec 04, 2018

A really stupid book, written for children, I guess.

May 23, 2018

some interesting articles about the author:
“The right’s Ayn Rand hypocrisy: Why their “religious” posture is a total sham – Conservatives booted atheists from CPAC, but love a raging anti-Christian. The reason has to do with economic greed”
by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, posted February 28, 2014, at Salon
“Ayn Rand Argues That Believing in God Is an Insult to Reason on The Phil Donahue Show (Circa 1979)”
posted in Philosophy, Politics, Religion, November 19, 2010, at
Open Culture : The best free cutural & educational media on the web
“Ayn Rand: Conservatives' Abortion-Rights, Anti-Religion Inspiration”
by Frank James, posted November 14, 2011, at NPR

Jun 16, 2016

I love the way this story ends. In my opinion it's better than The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Apr 30, 2016

This interesting story is a good place to begin exploring Rand's ideas and work, and it's appropriate to do so given contemporary politics. The usual hateful, totalitarian suspects are resurgent under their old rubric, "Progressivism", and, true to their nature, they are striving to criminalize and to smother all dissident thought and speech. This shows that Anthem remains relevant to culture and American politics, and this in spite of Rand's mistaken notions about greed as expressed in later works.

Mar 25, 2014

It is a simple read w/ a simple message.

Dec 30, 2013

I picked 'Anthem' to get a feel for Rand's work before commiting to something as hefty as 'Atlas Shrugged'. I'm now delving into 'The Romantic Manifesto' and 'Shrugged'.
I really enjoyed this book but could be biased as I'm a huge fan of dystopian works.

I first heard of Rand while watching a BBC documentary called 'Watched Over By Machines of Loving Kindness' and became interested in this controversial woman and her work. A definite must-see if you're into this kind of stuff and the effect it has on society.

NanoEagle19 Jun 08, 2012

Most people complain that the we is confusing, wich I agree is very true. I am surprised I never heard of this book before. However, let's not let that take away from Rand's underlying mesage: Identity. In an age of technology we lose our identities wanting to be like the biggest celeb or the most popular artist. Yet, what if it goes to this extreme? Unlikely but we are kind of going there. And the other thing, we are living the opposite nightmare: egotisticity. Not sure that's a word... But the writing did get a little confusing, and the ending was ehhh. So my rating remains at a humble 4 stars.

Aug 10, 2011

I struggled to get thru this one, but my very good friend recommended it so I made myself finish it. The last chapter is probably the best chapter I have ever read in any book, ever

Jul 05, 2011

Although the book was hard to slip into at first, if you can imagine you're living in the 1940s, this book is thrilling with subtle intimate moments. It is short and sweet, but be warned that you are about to read a 65-year-old book. Some may feel that the ideas expressed here are old, obsolete, and almost cliché. However, if you've never read any book like this, I recommend this one.


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sithier Jul 17, 2014

i liked how the book was set up and the story line but it wasnt really my type of book


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