However, 18 year-old Kira, whose goal is to become an engineer, loathes the new order and openly defies those who pressure her to conform. Unknown to her family or friends, Kira meets secretly with Leo and they soon fall in love.
Her heroes are bold, defiant individualists who persevere despite intense hardships…and remain true to themselves, no matter what the cost. I expected it to be much the same as her other books — a story packed with electrifying prose, memorable characters, and overt philosophical underpinnings.
The novel centers around Kira Argounova, a daring young Russian girl held back by her family name. In the wake of the Russian Revolution, proletarian zeal is at an all-time high, and anyone with questionable parentage is instantly blacklisted.
As her family struggles to make a living in the rapidly changing city of St. Petersburg, Kira meets a strange man — Leo Kovalensky — who seems to share her passion and convictions.
The two soon embark on a passionate love affair, but are barely able to make ends meet. When Leo is diagnosed with incipient tuberculosis, Kira can find only one way to save his life: Such a superfluous analysis, however, misses the point of the book.
Though achingly painful at times to read, it plumbs the depths of human weakness to discern an important conclusion: What is this purpose? Ironically, Rand suggests that there is more to life than mere profit.
When an important character gains financial stability through his own efforthe begins a loose and disparate lifestyle…which Rand portrays as grotesque.
Perhaps even without realizing it, she reveals the greatest flaw of Objectivism: There are no iron-willed, stoic warriors of individualism here…rather, the three characters at the heart of the story actually feel like real people.
Themes of love, honor, and family are explored throughout, lending depth to an otherwise melancholy tale.
Rather, its themes are introduced more subtly. Objectionable content is found in the form of strong sexual undercurrents throughout the novel.
Importantly, these elements are not intended to titillate: Not to mention, the dark story is surefire Oscar bait. Though sometimes difficult to read, it carries a powerful, almost Shakespearean resonance that elevates it above other historical fiction.The Fountainhead serves as an excellent introduction to both Ayn Rand's writing and her philosophy of Objectivism.
All of the major intellectual themes that inform Rand's fiction and her subsequent philosophy are presented clearly in this novel. This course on Ayn Rand’s Anthem provides a story overview and character analysis, background material on Rand and the era in which she wrote, a discussion of the story’s themes, and brief comparisons to Orwell’s and Huxley’s Brave New World.
While Rand’s unique philosophy is certainly present, “We the Living” places drama above dogma. The novel centers around Kira Argounova, a daring young Russian girl held back by her family name. In the wake of the Russian Revolution, proletarian zeal is at an all-time high, and anyone with questionable parentage is instantly blacklisted.
Ayn Rand Booklist Ayn Rand Message Board Detailed plot synopsis reviews of We the Living The story is about a young Russian woman named Kira Argounova who struggles to keep her freedom of thought during and after the Russian Revolution of This course on Ayn Rand’s Anthem provides a story overview and character analysis, background material on Rand and the era in which she wrote, a discussion of the story’s themes, and brief comparisons to Orwell’s and Huxley’s Brave New World.
First published in , the novel ‘We the Living’ by Ayn Rand is, as stated in the preface, ‘the closest she would ever come to writing an autobiography’. The novel follows three years in the life of a young girl, her family, and acquaintances, all of which must face the varied hardships of a post-revolutionary Russia/5.