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The Fountainhead
The Fountainhead | Ayn Rand
When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This edition contains a special Afterword by Rand's literary executor, Leonard Peikoff which includes excerpts from Ayn Rand's own notes on the making of The Fountainhead. As fresh today as it was then, here is a novel about a heroand about those who try to destroy him.
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#wondrouswednesday Thank you @Eggs for the tag!

1) I fell in love with the tagged book in high school. And then thanks to my work on the school paper and the town paper I was invited to a journalism conference north of NYC my junior year during which we had a field trip to The Strand! I was in love with NYC (even the dirty 1980s version) and The Strand ever since! The next year I started working in NY!
2) Absolutely!
3) Litsy reviews! 😉

Eggs How fun #1 - thanks for playing !! 4w
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TheBookHippie
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This has been taken off required reading thus I never have to read this again 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

However I have a very lovely penguin copy that I‘m willing to mail stateside to anyone - I didn‘t even break the spine 😂

Email me social@bookhippie.com if you want it.

First come first serve 🤍

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monalyisha
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My husband visited my work for the first time this weekend & took some pretty pictures. This is a detailed shot of the fountain in the library‘s garden.

kspenmoll How beautiful!!! 1y
Nute Wow! 1y
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bibliobliss
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"Sexual love, Peter, is a profoundly selfish emotion. And selfish emotions are not the ones that lead to happiness."

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paulfrankspencer
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Mehso-so

The story was fine, though the characterizations were flat, making the hero (anti-hero) too heroic and the bad guys into boogeymen. The sexy parts weren't too sexy, but probably makes such a long book worth reading for most who finish it.

Besides, the philosophy behind the story and characters is, shall we say, problematic, both at a gut level and as far as reason goes. I've been struggling to understand atheistic philosophies all my life.

paulfrankspencer Conservatives who claim to be Christian and still espouse Ayn Rand's thought aren't thinking themselves. I feel pretty confident about that. 2y
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paulfrankspencer
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"The orange hair looked preposterous with formal dress; besides, she did not like his face."

Easy, lady.

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#3books that I DNF‘d

CoffeeNBooks I DNF'ed The Poisonwood Bible, also. A friend gave me her copy to read, so I tried a few times to get into the story, but just couldn't. 2y
RamsFan1963 I liked The Fountainhead, but I admit it's not an easy book to enjoy 2y
krismlars @CoffeeNBooks I have read/tried three of her books and only liked one. I know a lot of people love TPB but I just couldn‘t. 2y
krismlars @RamsFan1963 I tried The Fountainhead 2 or 3 times. I think I even got so far as 75% done the last time. That was also about 20 years ago-maybe I‘d be able to appreciate it more now but I finally gave away my copy. 2y
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RamsFan1963
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1. Tagged. I don't know if its underrated, but I know a lot of people don't like Ayn Rand's writing. I hated Atlas Shrugged but I loved this book.
2. Great Expectations and David Copperfield. Both are too long and too boring.
3. The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline both deserve to be genre classics.

#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz I would love to see Long Way as a science fiction classic! I loved that book! Thanks for sharing! 2y
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Siddhant-8
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Finished reading the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
A book that made me think about objectivism a bit but I finally settled down on the fact that no one philosophy can perfectly work in unison with our complex minds.
Also found the book to be quite lengthy and some things didn't make sense like the fact that Howard Roark was acquitted from court in the end.

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Philosophy, architectural descriptions, society-culture commentary, heroic character, mind-fuckery and aggressive sex. What more do you want in a book?

#currentlyreading #TheFountainhead #AynRand #philosophy #sex #steamy #HowardRoark #DominiqueFrancon #characters #paperbacks #booksiown #doorstoppers #society #heroes

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Nagasai
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One of my go-to novel.

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Trace
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My first time reading Ayn Rand. The protagonist ranks among my top five in the novels I‘ve read.

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"Don't you know that most people take most things because that's what's given them, and they have no opinion whatever? Do you wish to be guided by what they expect you to think they think or by your own judgment?"

-- Howard Roark, the man who stands for something and stands alone ?

#currentlyreading #TheFountainhead #AynRand #philosophy #doorstoppers #bigassbooks #booksiown #bestcharacters #bookblurbs #blurbs #HowardRoark #hero #life

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erinachu I love Roark. With all of my heart. He's so simple in that he has one goal, and his entire life is to serve that goal. No distractions, no deviations. 2y
bibliobliss @erinachu He's an incredibly attractive character for these reasons alone 👍 2y
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• Good morning, friends 🌼 Don't know when I'll get to actually settle down for #Deweys24HourReadathon today; I think we're in Hour 3-4 now. I hope to make some more progress with the tagged book, and I'll also be moderating Hours 18-19 on the official Dewey's #Goodreads page. Who's doing the RAT?! •

#books #bookcrazy #booklovers #inprogress #currentlyreading #doorstoppers #Goodreads #Deweys24HourReadathon #readathon #readharder #today

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"Well, you see, Guy Francon -- it's only a name. He would have nothing to do with your house. It's one of those professional secrets that I shouldn't divulge, but I don't know what it is about you that makes me want to be honest. All the best buildings in our office are designed by Mr. Stengel."
"Who?"
"Claude Stengel. You've never heard the name, but you will, when someone has the courage to discover him." TBC in comments ⬇️

#currentlyreading

bibliobliss "You see, he does all the work, he's the real genius behind the scenes, but Francon puts his signature on it and gets all the credit. That's the way it's done everywhere." 2y
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bibliobliss
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"Compromise. Compromise now, because you'll have to later anyway, only then you'll have gone through things you'll wish you hadn't."

#currentlyreading #doorstoppers #TheFountainhead #AynRand #philosophy #fiction #novels #freedom #bookblurbs #blurbs

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bibliobliss
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"Francon smiled. And Keating thought suddenly that Francon did not really believe it and knew that Keating did not believe it, and yet they were both contented, bound tighter together by a common method and a common guilt."

#currentlyreading #TheFountainhead #AynRand #philosophy #classicliterature #fiction #novels #blurbs #bookblurbs

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bibliobliss
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"Others gave Keating a feeling of his own value. Roark gave him nothing."

#currentlyreading #TheFountainhead #AynRand #classicliterature #philosophy #fiction #novels #bookblurbs #blurbs

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erinachu
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1. Biochemist, about to be graduate student 😁
2. Ayn Rand and Lauren Oliver
3. I have two turtles at my house and a chihuahua at my parents' house.
4. Lots of reading, but not many books 👀
5. When people say my name too much
6. Do books count? 🤪
7. Reading, Animal Crossing, pokemon
8. Paramore and Panic at the disco

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bibliobliss
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A great man, thought the Dean, or a criminal. The Dean winced. He did not approve of either.

#currentlyreading #bookblurbs #blurbs #fiction #novels #doorstoppers #AynRand #TheFountainhead #MountTBR #classics

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SShiney Forever changed my appreciation of architecture with this book! 2y
bibliobliss @SShiney 👍😉 2y
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bibliobliss
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"My dear fellow, who will let you?"
"That's not the point. The point is, who will stop me?"

#currentlyreading #currentsituation #classics #AynRand #TheFountainhead #doorstoppers #paperbacks #booksiown #bookquotes #bookblurbs

Texreader I loved this book. Fave of her books I‘ve read. 2y
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bibliobliss
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For once, she expected some emotion from him; and an emotion would be the equivalent of seeing him broken. She did not know what it was about him that had always made her want to see him broken.

#currentsituation #currentlyreading #classics #AynRand #TheFountainhead #doorstoppers #paperbacks #booksiown #bookquotes #bookblurbs

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Arjay
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Seems pretty relevant these days.

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DakotaWilde
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I've decided this is THE YEAR I read all these books I've been putting off. Most of these have sat sad and lonely for years and years.

What is one book you have been wanting to read but keep putting off?? 📚

Scochrane26 I have so many that have been on my shelf or kindle for a long time. I‘m trying to work through them. I haven‘t had it as long as other books but keep putting off The Great Believers. 2y
JackOBotts I have too many books in the “back log”, but I‘m focusing on the books people have loaned me...And then I go to the library with my family and come home with something else! 🤷🏻‍♀️ Whoops! 2y
Lcsmcat You have some treats in store for you! Don Quixote is one that‘s been on my shelf since the 90s that I need to finally read. 2y
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Palimpsest I love several of the books on your list, especially Jane Eyre and the Austen books. Hope you enjoy them too. I have a list as well. I hope to read Ovid‘s Metamorphoses this year. It‘s been on my to read list for far too long. 2y
DakotaWilde @Palimpsest I love the Austen novels I've read so far so I have a feeling I will love these as well. I've started Jane Eyre several times and always put it down to finish a book from the library that is due back. Not this time Mr. Rochester! I'm determined. 2y
DakotaWilde @Lcsmcat oh I need to read that one too!! If I finish these, I'll add that one as well 😅 2y
DakotaWilde @JackOBotts that's exactly my predicament! My library holds take over my list. 2y
DakotaWilde @Scochrane26 I haven't heard of that one, I will have to check it out! 2y
Scochrane26 @AJBowers I think I‘ve read 10 on your list—some were in hs. I hated Scarlet Letter in hs. People have different opinions of all the classics though, which is one reason they‘re interesting (some people love Scarlet Letter). I love all of Austen‘s books, but northanger Abbey & Persuasion are my 2 favorites besides P&P. 2y
jewright I love so many of these! 2y
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Arjay
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📚❤️

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scripturient Hey Myra, Any sign of the package yet? 🤔 3y
GatheringBooks @scripturient i just checked online using your tracking number - it is still in germany and has not shipped yet! 😱 i find that unusual. all our dhl packages thus far have reached us within two days max in our new place. 3y
scripturient @GatheringBooks Well, it has definitely left the country on the 16th. Oftentimes with international packages tracking just gets stuck then. I‘ve had that every time I sent something to you in Singapore as well. So that‘s not too unusual. However, I think it should be getting there sometime very soon. If it‘s not there by the middle of next week I‘ll have them investigate. Sorry about this. :( 3y
scripturient @GatheringBooks In my tracking app it says that DHL Germany isn‘t connected with the computer system of the Emirates. However, Emirates Post tracking also only says no information. Then again they sometimes give international packages a new local tracking number which might explain that. 🤯 But I refuse to give up just yet. Fingers crossed it will be with you soon. 3y
GatheringBooks @scripturient still crossing my fingers, too. 📚💕🧚🏼‍♀️ 3y
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4thhouseontheleft
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1. I thought this book was the WORST.
2 The Daily Show
3. Treat day - 🥯 sandwich
4. EST
5. Black Marvel ... I Am not nearly so cool as Kamala Khan (my current read is Ms. Marvel, so yeah, I don‘t think this would work).

#friyayintro

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Caught reading- my 17yo reading The Fountainhead at his 14yo brother‘s soccer game. We‘re in Pontiac, Michigan for a couple of days of soccer. He‘s disappointed that this is the last of Rand‘s fiction. He tackled Atlas Shrugged and Anthem last summer.

BeckyRoy Very cool 3y
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laur89
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Mehso-so

3 ⭐️.

Rand deserves an A+ for the writing used to preach about her philosophy, thought it didn‘t appeal to me. While I did like some of the characters and the ideals they stood for, I found some of them to be boring and therefore uninteresting and unimportant to the plot. Rand‘s writing is descriptive, sometimes to the point of being too wordy, but it did help to visualize the scenery of this era of NYC.

Overall good but would not reread.

Texreader This is my fave Rand book. I loved it when I read it (decades ago). 3y
laur89 #FountainheadBuddyRead group- I would love to know your thoughts on this book, especially focusing on its ideals and characters! Will keep an eye out for your reviews! 👀 @NovelGirl82 @thegreensofa @TheBookHippie @Literary_Siren @Elma @Reecaspieces @MellieAntoinette 3y
TheBookHippie Almost done it‘s been crazy here. I will say for all the banning and backlash it received here in my hometown I have yet to read something over the top. Or not in another book we were allowed at the time. 3y
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Literary_Siren I haven‘t started reading yet. 🥺 I suck! 3y
laur89 @TheBookHippie I think there was only one scene I would consider “rated R” but I agree, nothing that seems so extraordinary to be banned. 🤷🏻‍♀️ @Literary_Siren It‘s all good! It took me forever to get into the book, and it definitely took me a lot longer to read than I thought it would. Discussion questions will stay up for whenever you‘re ready! 😊 3y
KarouBlue Excellent so far, but I‘m way behind!!!! 3y
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Ugh, Wynand is the definition of Hot Mess Express. That man needs to get his life together. I was starting to like his sense of perseverance and ambition as a young adult, but it quickly deteriorated once his backstory gave more detail into his adult life. He sounds like a spoiled, greedy child with no sense of responsibility, importance or priorities.

Thoughts? ⬇️

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Dominique is a tough character for me to understand. It feels almost like she makes choices to run away from the life she really wants to have, but won‘t allow herself the self-satisfying feeling of accepting a life with Roark. I‘d have to choose an act of cowardice.

Post your thoughts below! ⬇️

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laur89
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🗣 #FountainheadBuddyRead Part 3 discussion questions are about to be posted up! 💬💭

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laur89
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Crime: Charged with not keeping up with this #LitsyBuddyRead.
Verdict: Guilty as charged. 🙈😬

I know I haven‘t been the best leader for #FountainheadBuddyRead. Please forgive me; this is not an easy, breezy book to get through but I‘m trying my best! 😭

Here are the updated dates for discussion posts. I love to see your thoughts as you read so please keep them coming! ❤️

Thanks to all my buddies joining me on this 🥰

NovelGirl82 This actually helps a lot! I‘ve been dealing with some personal things that have put my reading way behind! 3y
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Reecaspieces
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This was my one and only audible book this month. #litsybuddyread #buddyread Stop by my blog and check out my thoughts. https://reecaspieces.com/2019/03/28/march-audible-reads-audible-audiobooks/

Lucididy Great read! The Fountainhead is definitely a influence of mine! 3y
Reecaspieces @Lucididy yes! Agreed. 3y
laur89 Ahh you beat me to it!! So thrilled you enjoyed this; looking forward to finishing it up 😊 3y
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I haven‘t been reading much this week, but I hope I get back in my routine soon. I miss my books. For any #FountainheadBuddyRead friends, I will post up questions as soon as I get through Part 3!

This has not been an easy week for me. My grandma just passed away at 91, almost exactly 2 years after my grandpa passed.

They are back together now, after a 70 year long marriage and 2 difficult years apart. I miss them both so, so much. 💔

AmyG I am so very sorry for your loss. 😪 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So sorry for your loss 💔💔 3y
Literary_Siren I‘m sorry for your loss! I haven‘t read any of The Fountainhead as I‘m just emerging from a reading slump after moving. ☹️ 3y
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Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 3y
SomedayAlmost Sorry for your loss. 3y
JessClark78 I‘m so sorry for your loss.💔 3y
KarouBlue So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers 💔💔💔 3y
TheSpineView So sorry... 💔 3y
dragondrool I'm so very sorry for your loss.💔 3y
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laur89
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#FountainheadBuddyRead Part 2 discussion!

1. I think their personalities complement each other, but it seems like a really unhealthy relationship. I struggled with the intimacy piece of it for sure.
2. Nope! He seems like a big phony. He seems like someone who learned to use his speech to protect himself as a wimpy little kid and carried on that way through adulthood.

Share your thoughts in the comments below! ⬇️

Reecaspieces Well I agree with your assessments. Something that really came out in this section to me...was how supremely intelligent Ayn Rand really is. I love how she uses her characters together to make a point. 3y
KarouBlue @Reecaspieces I love this observation. I think it comes out in the writing too. Even as her characters and their story are influencing your perception, the word choice, sentence structure and dialogue are slowly working their influence as well. (edited) 3y
Reecaspieces @MellieAntoinette very well said! 3y
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KarouBlue As for the romance piece, all I can say is wait until the end to judge the beginning. For some their initial impressions remain, but for me these two have always been a team. As individuals, when we first meet them, I don‘t think either expected the other to walk through that door. Consummate loners convinced no one can be on their level long enough to stick. (edited) 3y
Reecaspieces @MellieAntoinette I agree. Both of these characters have unique properties (mental issues) 😂🤭. Should be interesting to see how this works out. They are good and bad for each other. 3y
laur89 @MellieAntoinette The dialogue for sure influences our thoughts so much!! I‘m looking forward to seeing how their relationship develops. @Reecaspieces I totally agree. Her writing style is able to sway reader‘s opinions and communicate messages/opinions about every single person without outright saying it. 3y
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‽‽!!!!$&@/:;‽!@“?,,!#

I share a library account with my child, and the book I just borrowed and wasn‘t even done with chapter one, she returned! (It wasn‘t malicious, but still...)

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laur89
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Gotta be honest here... these pages were tough to get through. Roark and Dominique‘s relationship had a shockingly unpleasant beginning, and I‘m not sure I‘m shipping them. Might be my least favorite book couple. 😦

Also, Toohey is just plain off-putting. He seems petty and pathetic going after Roark like that. His speeches put me to sleep. They sound like a bunch of 🐂💩. Not an exciting character for one who has such a following. 👎🏼

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I started this today, just read through the introduction. Very interesting that in her introduction written 25 years after the first publication she talked about how difficult it was to get this published, how many times it was rejected, how it was seen as too intellectual; all the reasons that I would want to read it! How it has held up through time. I‘m looking forward to the reading, I hope it doesn‘t disappoint. @booklahoma

booklahoma @brandybear22 Looking forward to your honest opinion! ☺️ 3y
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My walk today! Fantastic day in the ‘Sip! #litsywalkers #buddyread #3.4miles

Lynnsoprano Beautiful! 3y
Jennick2004 I could swim down the sidewalk/road here...spring melt is here!! 🤣 3y
Reecaspieces @Jennick2004 we have had so much rain the last two weeks school was cancelled 3y
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Reecaspieces @Jennick2004 but isn‘t it nice that spring in on the way! 3y
Crazeedi Nice path you get to walk! 3y
Reecaspieces @Crazeedi yes! It is actually my drive way. 3y
Crazeedi @Reecaspieces that's beautiful! Lucky you!! 3y
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Hands down the MOST cowardly act, and such a genuine portrayal of Peter‘s character. It was a pathetic move to threaten a man whose life was already coming to an end, just to feel a sense of comfort in a moment of insecurity that Keating wouldn‘t win the competition.

Ugh, I can‘t even. 😒😒😒 Huge neon sign from Rand screaming at us to dislike Keating!

What are your thoughts? Comment below! ⬇️

Reecaspieces Very good point...she definitely showed us what kind of man he is. 3y
thegreensofa All of the above and selfish triple underlined. What a horrible person! 3y
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This is a tough one for me. I think if Roark, who is the antithesis of the public and such a strong individual with a passionate indifference to other‘s approval, can appreciate a piece of work, or give feedback, or become a friend, it brings some authenticity into the lives of Keating and Heller, who are surrounded by so many people who just put on a show to please society.

What are your thoughts? Comment below! ⬇️

KarouBlue Roark‘s indifferent to their opinions. He is who he is and he likes who he is. That tends to foster neediness in those who can‘t stand themselves! 3y
Reecaspieces I think his strength is what draws them to him. They want so much to have his strength to say no 3y
thegreensofa Yes, a hard one. I wonder if the others (except Roarke's mentor) are envious of Roarke's comfortableness within is own self. 3y
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