Sometimes you should read the introductions before you start a book and other times you should just jump in to the story This articular anniversary edition of Rand s first novel originally ublished in 1936 has an introduction with a major spoiler regarding a choice the main character Kira makes in her life a choice that is the heart of the book Even though I skipped the rest of the cursed intro I was annoyed at knowing that detail I refer to discover such things on my own Oh well The important Zees Story part to remember and what makes this book relevant to me at this moment in history is this from Rand s 1958 forwardWe The Living is not a story about Soviet Russia in 1925 It is a story about Dictatorship any dictatorship anywhere at any time whether it be Soviet Russia Nazi Germany or which this novel might do its share in helping torevent a socialist America This book is supposed to be semi autobiographical Once again I uote Rand s forward I was born in Russia I was educated under the Soviets I have seen the conditions of existence that I describe The articulars of Kira s story were not mine I did not study engineering I studied history I did not want to build bridges I wanted to write her hysical appearance bears no resemblance to mine neither does her family The specific events of Kira s life were not mine her ideas her convictions her values were and areThis is a grim story and it was not easy for me to spend much time on it I needed to take breaks to get out of its grey world that was so full of despair broken dreams and twisted ideals And truthfully I did not care much for Kira at any oint although I admired her intense desire to be true to herself and to live her own life the way any human being should be allowed to do People are individuals and while I accept the need for certain rules and regulations of society no erson or government or ideology should force those individuals into identical molds like bricks in a wallNot in Russia a hundred years ago not in America today not anywhere ever Fountainhead was the first book from Ayn Rand that I read I found it deeply inspirational book that ushed me to think outside the box And it talked about one of my favorite subjects
I thought Oh my what a book I felt even emotionally exhausted but in a good way Then I read Anthem which I thought was good but not as Fountainhead I felt as if Fountainhead was the standard of measuring her work I didn t think anything can surpass it But oh boy I was wrong I haven t had the chance to read Atlas Shrugged yet but I don t think that it can surpass We the living This book left me hysically and emotionally shaking at the end It is one of the best books I have ever read So real so outstandingly written It shows in the most appealing way that life is never black and white among other things It is a must read You don t need to like Ayn Rand or her hilosophy to like this book It is a true literature masterpiece Very few books have shaken me so much If you ever want to acuire a keen appreciation for food read any story about the USSR History or fiction doesn t matter Mildewed millet and one
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Loaf Of Bread A Month of bread a month enough to break anyone We The Living is an illustration of the loneliness that seems the unavoidable conseuence of
ANY WHO POSSESS AN OBJECTIVIST VIEWPOINT who ossess an Objectivist viewpoint assage in the book made me laugh in appreciation for how true it rang in my life Kira saysWell if I asked eople whether they believed in life they d never understand what I meant It s a bad uestion It can mean so much that it really means nothing So I ask them if they believe in God And if they say they do then I know they don t believe in lifeThis is because no matter to whom you are speaking no matter what religion they follow God is always the highest conception of the highest One Man's Justice possible A believer in God haslaced their highest conception above their own A Little Hotel On The Side possibility above their own life Whatever such aerson believes in it isn t lifeIt s a rare gift Kira says to feel reverence for your own life and to want the best the greatest the highest Heute Ziehst Du Aus: Roman possible here now for your very own To imagine a heaven and then not to dream of it but to demand itJust as celebrations are for those who have something to celebrate life is for the living not those who cherish the thoughts of their own death and the after life rewards which await them for th. Ayn Rand's firstublished novel a timeless story that explores the struggles of the individual against the state in Soviet RussiaFirst ublished in 1936 We the Living ortrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three human beings who demand the right to live their ow. Eir obedience I liked this book the best of Ayn Rand s three
big fiction books as a novelPerhaps it was because it was so very fiction books as a novelPerhaps it was because it was so very in some ways of her time in St PetersburgPetrograd after the Russian Revolution The gritty realism of how unjust and desperate such a system the Soviet Socialist system was becoming appeals to my love of historical realismThe assionate love affairs and beliefs of the conflicting characters were very vividly drawn Even though I have not read it fully in over 30 years but read it twice in the revious 10 the characters lot setting and theme will not be forgotten I also enjoyed the movie that was made from it in Mussolini s Italy during WWII which was edited and re released in the late 80s in the US Alida Valli was
mesmerizingly great as the main character Kira and it was the great as the main character Kira and it was the film star Rossano Brazzi s first movie Several other great Italian actors were in it too and their Over Mintmarks and Hot Repunched Mintmarks performances added richly to the movie The script stayed uite close to the book except in one or twolaces where the censors had to be appeased Book and movie highly recommended Erotica at its best We the Living is about a young lady with a brilliant mind and a ferocious appetite for sex The book begins with Kira a hot little harlot who might have been working at a strip joint if they weren t so damn bourgeois as she seeks to find a nightlife for herself in her newly Soviet city of Petrograd Posing as a rostitute in a red light district she uickly forms her first life long sexual bond with the first guy who comes along He happens to be a hilosopher and that s how this book meets its One Day in December philosophy uota Over time her closeersonal friendship with a secret Alamo Story: From Early History to Current Conflicts police agent WTF becomes sexual and the real story begins Truly trying to masuerade as faithful to multiple sexualartners is something we can all relate to A must read for any hip cat Ayn Rand iswas an interesting intelligent woman This is her first novel If you re reading it simply for the novel then skip the introduction If on the other hand you are interested in Ms Rand s thought rocesses then by all means read the introduction This is of course a newer edition as the book was written in 1925 Ms Rand wants us to understand that this is not a novel about the Soviet Union but a novel in her words of man against the stateWhile I am not a student or follower of Ms Rand and her hilosophy Objectivism I do find her uite insightfulin some waysThere are Isabel de Solis, Soraya: Un Cuento de Amor En La Alhambra places where I definitely disagree with Ms Rand but on the other hand there arelaces she is right on and has been borne out by history Simply read her short discourse on 5 year Out of the Box plans in the introduction This book tells the story of basically a woman Most on Ms Rand s writings do She can be found in each of her books and this even though her first is no exception Lets not forget that Ms Rand s family lost everything to the Soviet revolution and while this isn t strictly about the Soviet Union that is a dictatorship that is includedAs you read I think you ll see that Ms Rand has hit theroverbial nail on the head in many ways She The First Secret of Edwin Hoff points out that freeeople are uite often taken in by the idea that while the effects of totalitarianismcolectiveismstate controlled governing systems are negative the ideals are noble That she oints out has been the attitude of every free state that has ever fallen to totalitarianismStalin referred to those who held this view as useful idiotsMs Rand also oints out that to see this one has to be intellectually honest and open minded willing to see it Looking at America now it should be obvious to us but for some reason most don t see it despite the loss of rosperity unemployment loss of freedoms including the erosion of rights GUARANTEED in the Bill of Rights yes several of the first 10 amendments have already been breached and the courts don t seem in any hurry to reverse this most not only don t see itbut seem to be voting for itWhere do I disagree with Ms rand Well she was very much a my way or the highway thinker She herself had little atience with those who disagreed with her as her attitude seems to be that they just couldn t or wouldn t see it Also I m a Christian and she seems to have seen little difference between País íntim putting others before yourself willingly and having the State force the view that everyone must exist for the State There is some argumen. N lives andursue their own happiness It tells of a young woman’s Under Lock and Key passionate love held like a fortress against the corrupting evil of a totalitarian stateWe the Living is not a story ofolitics but of the men and women who have to struggle for existence behind the Red.
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T by Objectivists that she saw the difference but simply rejected religious belief That could *Be The Case As *the case as noted I m not a student of MsRand s hilosophy I ve simply read her work and some little about herWherever you stand or whatever you think about the woman herself this is a book I d recommend It has some value and can have the effect of making us look at what we have before we lose it I rate it a 3 as it s not uite as readable as some of her later work it is her first after all and can get dry Still it s worth a read Here s
The Thing This Book Isthing this book is awesome I m a big fan of this theme the whole individual vs the state story I think most of the books I ve read in this vein were descended from 1984 but this is without doubt my favorite execution of the familiar thematic focus This book was just so evocative for me it did an incredible job of capturing the crushing force of living under a sociopolitical regime that cares not for the wants or needs of the individual I found something incredibly uplifting about this tale of unrelenting downward ressure It was simplybeautifulI ve recommended it to i don t know how many Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II people and very feweople I ve ever met have read it but this book is one of my top 3 no doubt I ve never even read any of Ayn Rand s other books which I guess makes me weird but if I had to choose one book to keep me company while I was tossed into some super maximum security Something Wicked prison in the depths of the belly of the beast it would be this one If you liked Ayn Rand s other books you d like this one tooIf you like herolitics and enjoy her writing then this is a must read because it s Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover practically an autobiographyIf none of the above applies then this would be an unpleasant experienceMoved to A fiction novel almost a century old at thisoint I think has become relevant and important than ever in an era seeing a resurgence in socialism government Freud and His Followers power censorship and collectivism Whatlace the individual has in a world where this value is downplayed not only serves as an intriguing consideration in fiction but also a terrible tragedy when individualism and joy are suppressed in the name of order and authority We the Living not only based in truth but a Pjesme powerful story of life and liberty isrobably one of the best but also most disturbing books I ve read in a long time We the Living aints a chilling ortrayal of an orderly strong society made ossible only by the suppression of those who stand for something beyond it It s beautiful but also frightening Everything sacrificed and repressed for the cause of the State during this eriod is a monumental loss and it s even darker to think that this is only ortrayed through a few characters when considering that this happened to so many due to the impact of the USSR s strict olicies Even darker is the way that the objectivist viewpoint in We the Living would be viewed as roblematic by its government when considering all the great ualities joy love friendship success wealth freedom art and so on are deemed less important than the collective State What this book does with its rotagonists is beg the uestion what gives one Nacht person group or society any right to infringe upon one individual s liberty Where do we draw the line Is survival valuable than truly livingThisrobably isn t a book for everyone but now that the newest adult generations born today are too young to remember the ugly downside to communism socialism and collectivism books like We the Living are a reminder of why we should never strive to go back to that sort of
system and what it means to ay the rice of standing out orand what it means to The Da Vinci Cod: A Fishy Parody pay therice of standing out or I just finished this book My soul has never been so The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together pained by a novel Very few books affect me like this one did I cannot explain other than it was so beautifully horrific I knew very little about Communism or what the USSR was like It caused so much anger and frustration in me but theain comes from the truths that it enlightens about humanity We are creatures of Curse of Rocky Colavito pain and suffering and joy and and triumph And no matter whatain we are dealtwe still have the capacity within ourselves to find the beauty and will that makes us go on life This is the first Ayn Rand novel I have read It is her first novel I would highly recommend this It is an inventment of your soul so read this when you have the endurance to enjoy Ayn Rand s We The Living. Banners and slogans It is a Captive picture of what those slogans do to human beings What happens to the defiant ones What happens to those who succumb Against a vividanorama of olitical revolution and ersonal revolt Ayn Rand shows what the theory of socialism means in ractic.