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We the Living

We the Living More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA

  • Title: We the Living
  • Author: Ayn Rand Leonard Peikoff
  • ISBN: 9780451187840
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA

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    1. Ayn Rand Leonard Peikoff

      Alisa Rosenbaum was born in pre revolutionary St Petersburg to a prosperous Jewish family When the Bolsheviks requisitioned the pharmacy owned by her father, Fronz, the Rosenbaums fled to the Crimea Alisa returned to the city renamed Leningrad to attend the university, but in 1926 relatives who had already settled in America offered her the chance of joining them there With money from the sale of her mother s jewelry, Alisa bought a ticket to New York On arrival at Ellis Island, she changed into Ayn after a name of some Finnish author, probably Aino Rand which she said was an abbreviation of her Russian surname She moved swiftly to Hollywood, where she learned English, worked in the RKO wardrobe department and as an extra, and wrote through the night on screenplays and novels She also married a bit part actor called Frank O Connor because he was beautiful and because her original visitor s visa had run out.Rand sold her first screenplay in 1932, but nobody would buy her first novel We the Living 1936 a melodrama set in Russia Her first real success was The Fountainhead rejected by than ten publishers before publication in 1943.She started a new philosophy known as Objectivism, opposed to state interference of all kinds, and her follow up novel Atlas Shrugged 1957 describes a group who attempt to escape America s conspiracy of mediocrity Objectivism has been an influence on various other movements such as Libertarianism, and Rand s vocal support for Laissez faire Capitalism and the free market has earned her a distinct spot among American philosophers, and philosophers in general.

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    1. Here s the thing this book is fucking 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 [...]


    2. I just finished this book My soul has never been so 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 the pain comes from the truths that it enlightens about humanity We are creatures of pain and suffering and joy and and triumph And no matter what pain we are dealtwe still have the capacity within ourselves to find [...]


    3. If you ever want to acquire a keen appreciation for food, read any story about the USSR History or fiction, doesn t matter Mildewed millet and one loaf of bread a month is enough to break anyone We The Living is an illustration of the loneliness that seems the unavoidable consequence of any who possess an Objectivist viewpoint One passage in the book made me laugh in appreciation for how true it rang in my life Kira says, Well, if I asked people whether they believed in life, they d never unders [...]


    4. Ayn Rand is was 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 processes 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 state.While I am not a student or follower of Ms Rand and [...]



    5. 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 prostitute in a red light district, she quickly forms her first life long sexual bond with the first guy who comes along He happens to be a philosopher, and that s ho [...]


    6. Fountainhead was the first book from Ayn Rand that I read I found it deeply inspirational, book that pushed me to think outside the box And it talked about one of my favorite subjects, individualism I thought, Oh my God, 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 th [...]


    7. This book disturbs me and I don t quite know how to respond to it On the one hand, the reality of Soviet Russia in the 1920 s is haunting the descriptions of food or the lack of it stayed with me, making me reflect on and enjoy my own meals while I was reading it and for a few days after I also feel that it would work as a companion piece for 1984 because the tensions between the sordid details of daily life and the hypocrisy of the political system are clearly seen in both books Rand s philosop [...]



    8. Where to start How to explain why I like it so very much I like Ayn Rand s style of writing Her language is strong, clear and not in the least subtle I think I could recognize it in the future The reader observes what the characters do Very little introspection The plot fits the language and the behavior of the characters Strong, determined people no not people, just one character, but she is the central character Kira is her name This book is autobiographical, but only in the sense that it spea [...]


    9. Instantly as visceral as her popular later work, Rand s first novel set in early 20th century communist Russia can really stir you up that is, if you support her views on individualism and passion for life, which I do Like her other novels, the characters are boldly drawn archetypes, strong and obvious, minus extraneous detail that could be distracting from the philosophical ideal overlaying the plot While Rand experienced first hand much of the life in Russia she portrays in We the Living, Ran [...]


    10. It s funny because this book usually only gets 5 stars or a 1 star, and here I am giving it a three star.I ll come up with a coherent review in the morning Overall it was a good classic Exhausting But good.


    11. Part VIII of a multi part review series.Anti communists in early Soviet Russia very astonishingly come to bad end Introduced by Peikoff, who claims that Rand s first novel was, instead of this one, almost set in an airship orbiting the earth v which would ve been kinda cool, except now we have Against the Day, which likely would ve embarrassed Rand s hypothetical effort as much as Solzhenitsyn humiliates this one.Rand s own forward contains the normal cacogogic posturing For instance Writers are [...]


    12. In the foreword that she wrote for the 1959 edition of her own novel We the Living , Ayn Rand wrote, I had not reread this novel as a whole, since the time of its first publication in 1936, until a few months ago I had not expected to be as proud of it as I am Well, I m glad that Rand is so proud of her own first novel As for me, I am less than impressed.The novel takes place between 1922 and 1926, during the turbulent years after the Bolshevik Revolution Most histories and novels that I have re [...]


    13. I m going to kind of branch out here and do a different review and talk just what I felt strongly about in this book If you would like a brief summary, does an excellent job.Anyways, this book was one of the most devastatingly beautiful books I ve ever read The scene between Irina and Sascha broke my heart it s one of the moments where, in typical Rand fashion, she weaves her characters into such real but horrendously tragic situations you just weep I would recommend this book to some who is eit [...]


    14. This book helped clear up some of Rand s religious philosophy At one point, the Heroin asks a friend if he believes in God When the friend answers no, she says that was the right answer, because if you believe in God then you don t believe in life She goes on to explain that when people believe in God they believe in something higher than themselves that they can never achieve, and she doesn t want to believe that there is something she can never achieve I found her reason for being an atheist i [...]


    15. I really don t know that there is much I can say about this novel that hasn t already been said We The Living is the most tragic of Ayn Rand s novels and possibly the most under appreciated While it is clearly an early effort for her her use of English is occasionally off and her style is not consistent throughout the novel the story line is the most I hate to use this word, but I can t think of a better way to put it realistic of all her novels There are no amazing machines or amazing feats in [...]


    16. The one great benefit of reading We the Living is that it encapsulates pretty exactly what Rand spends many hundreds pages doing in Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead mainly, hating on the collective, venerating capitalism, and God help us all describing how free thinking women shouldn t be slaves to anyone except their capitalist sexual partners.I find Rand s philosophy beyond problematic, but to my mind We the Living helps explain just how she arrived at the ideas she entertained and became [...]


    17. Duuschlaa gjuu dee, jaahan haramsal muuhai tugsgul, eswel uuriiguu olson bardam, emzeg negnii jargaltai tugsgul geh uu yag onood heleh ug oldohgui bn, saihan hair bsn yumsn, 2 hair bsn yumsn, ali aliigni uzlee de gj bodogdjiin, daanch 2ulangni aldchihlaa neg talaasguu talaas hen negnii togtooson uzel surtaliin gai gamshgaar niigem, huvi humuus herhen uurchlugdj, amidral yamr aihtar programchlagdan hev zagwart ordg yumbe, leningrad hotiig uzehsen, bas kira teneg shd, emegtei hund heleh zunduu ug [...]


    18. It reads like a Russian novel Kira the beautiful young woman, Leo the dark handsome lover and Andrei the Communist disciple and lover of Kira Kira and Leo are on the outer of the post revolution Russia with chequered family pasts and a belief in individual freedom They struggle against a system that has no interest in people like them There are inevitable deaths Slowly the communist honeymoon ends and the return to a system that runs unofficially through the black market, black mail, corruption [...]



    19. WOWat s all that comes to mind A book about life, death, love, struggle and hope when you have NOTHING to live for, to hope foryou just can t stop reading until the very last word and once you re done, you can t wrap your head around it A must read so you can appreciate how lucky you are


    20. Mind blowing Heartbreaking Uncovers all effects when an impossible and irrational ideal is adapted by a country The Communism.


    21. Como no quiero alargarme demasiado voy directa al grano, comentando virtudes y problemas de esta novela, y lo que espero en el futuro de otras novelas de Ayn Rand Una peque a introducci n para conocer qu nos cuenta la autora ser a destacar su nacimiento en Rusia y la posterior migraci n de la familia en el periodo sovi tico a Estados Unidos, donde Alisa ya que ese es su nombre real adquiere la nacionalidad estadounidense La autora desde muy peque a muestra ferviente inter s por el mundo del Arte [...]


    22. This is one of the most depressing books I ve read in my life It is set in Soviet Russia, right after the revolution, and describes in detail the horror that the people experienced under this regime It s not the kind of horror of physical torture or death although those existed as well, as everyone knows , but the horror of everyday life stripped of all freedom and hope, the horror of the human spirit crushed and forced to simply exist in order to toil and serve some grand collective All this wr [...]


    23. First published in 1936, 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.Now Ayn Rand born Alisa Zinov yevna Rosenbaum was born, raised and educated in Russia She came from a bourgeois family and in Saint Petersburg later referred to on separate occasions a [...]



    24. My first foray into Ayn Rand I have chosen to read her four major works in chronological order The pages drip with her horror at the changes wrought by the Russian Revolution, and you cannot blame her for feeling the way she does To watch as talented, successful, intelligent people were marginalized from society and education and the government and commerce in a sick and destructive pattern of retribution, only to find themselves replaced with people as callow and impecunious as they were accuse [...]


    25. This is the most interesting and heartbreaking novel I ve read in a very long time I have thoroughly enjoyed anything I ve ever read by Ayn Rand Not because of her life philosophy, but because of her strong characters This book is no different However, it is set in 1920 s communist Russia rather than 1940 s United States like the others I ve read I have about 100 pages left to read, and I can barely bring myself to finish I know it is all going to end badly For everyone And, unbeknownst to the a [...]



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