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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, Rand smartly understood that often fantasy can be effective than reality, hence we have incredible co incidences, master manipulators, tragic love triangles c mon, what girl doesn t dream of being loved by two dynamic men , valiant death scenes, all these sort of super life scenarios not totally believable, but intended to enthrall the reader, likely just as Rand was enthralled by writing it Where her human characters fall short in terms of detail, the city of St Petersburg, also a sort of sub character in the book, is rendered with excessive descriptive minutia and this is where the book gets a bit sleepy You can tell Rand had a real fondness for old Russia by the sensitive way she paints a portrait of the city woven into the lives of her characters As a young, idealistic writer, Rand tackled with gusto multiple genres in one book a teaser for things to come, e.g Atlas Shrugged , thus We the Living is part love story, part action adventure, part political intrigue, and to her credit, it totally works There are certainly some rough spots, but overall, a respectable effort and a damn good read. 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 her philosophy Objectivism I do find her quite insightful in some ways.There are places where I definitely disagree with Ms Rand but on the other hand there are places she is right on and has been borne out by history Simply read her short discourse on 5 year 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 included.As you read I think you ll see that Ms Rand has hit the proverbial nail on the head in many ways She points out that free people are quite often taken in by the idea that while the effects of totalitarianism colectiveism state controlled governing systems are negative the ideals are noble That, she points out has been the attitude of every free state that has ever fallen to totalitarianism.Stalin referred to those who held this view as useful idiots.Ms Rand also points 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 prosperity, 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 it.Where do I disagree with Ms rand Well, she was very much a my way or the highway thinker She herself had little patience 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 putting others before yourself willingly and having the State force the view that everyone must exist for the State There is some argument by Objectivists that she saw the difference but simply rejected religious belief That could be the case as I noted, I m not a student of Ms.Rand s philosophy, I ve simply read her work and some little about her.Wherever 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 quite as readable as some of her later work it is her first after all and can get dry Still it s worth a read. @READ PDF á We the Living Ù Ayn Rand S First Published Novel, A Timeless Story That Explores The Struggles Of The Individual Against The State In Soviet RussiaFirst Published In , We The Living Portrays The Impact Of The Russian Revolution On Three Human Beings Who Demand The Right To Live Their Own Lives And Pursue Their Own Happiness It Tells Of A Young Woman S Passionate Love, Held Like A Fortress Against The Corrupting Evil Of A Totalitarian StateWe The Living Is Not A Story Of Politics, But Of The Men And Women Who Have To Struggle For Existence Behind The Red Banners And Slogans It Is A Picture Of What Those Slogans Do To Human Beings What Happens To The Defiant Ones What Happens To Those Who Succumb Against A Vivid Panorama Of Political Revolution And Personal Revolt, Ayn Rand Shows What The Theory Of Socialism Means In Practice 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 the chance to read Atlas Shrugged yet, but I don t think that it can surpass We the living This book left me physically 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 philosophy to like this book It is a true literature masterpiece Very few books have shaken me so much. If you liked Ayn Rand s other books, you d like this one too.If you like her politics and enjoy her writing, then this is a must read because it s practically an autobiography.If none of the above applies, then this would be an unpleasant experience.Moved to 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 how this book meets its philosophy quota Over time, her close personal friendship with a secret police agent WTF becomes sexual, and the real story begins Truly, trying to masquerade as faithful to multiple sexual partners is something we can all relate to A must read for any hip cat. Sometimes you should read the introductions before you start a book, and other times you should just jump in to the story This particular anniversary edition of Rand s first novel originally published 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 prefer to discover such things on my own Oh, well The important part to remember, and what makes this book relevant to me at this moment in history is this, from Rand s 1958 forward We 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 to prevent a socialist America This book is supposed to be semi autobiographical Once again I quote Rand s forwardI was born in Russia, I was educated under the Soviets, I have seen the conditions of existence that I describe The particulars 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 physical 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 are This 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 point, 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 person or government or ideology should force those individuals into identical molds like bricks in a wall.Not in Russia a hundred years ago, not in America today, not anywhere ever. 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 philosophy is clear but not too overstated so it is easy to read it simply as a novel, not a political tract I m okay with all of that What I don t care for are the characters themselves Kira is the worst sort of passive woman I know I m supposed to see her as a strong individual, but she is neither Her goal of being an engineer is not enough to sustain her, and it is barely shown just stated It feels like a detail added on after a first draft of the novel to distinguish Rand from Kira she makes a point of the difference in her introduction Her passion for Leo is all about being subjugated by him at one point he is even described as her slave owner Details that were originally used to show how supremely unconnected Kira was from the mundane tribulations of life Kira never noticed what she ate Kira never noticed what she wore are reversed the moment that Leo enters the picture all of a sudden Kira is a fashion plate and wants Leo to notice how she is dressed All of the details about how Leo can t be subjected to the sight of her cooking or cleaning truly upset me I know I am approaching this book from a feminist perspective, but what kind of love is only able to be sustained in a perfect atmosphere with no glimpses of the everyday Leo is loathesome the words arrogant, contemptuous, and mocking are used in almost every passage about him and we are supposed to admire him Like a young god Why Just because he s hot Really, that s what it seems to come down to Most of the minor and background characters are awful I can t think of a single description of a child that doesn t involve nose picking The older women are shrill, the older men are empty shells Overall, I think the world that is portrayed in We the Living is worth seeing the characters Rand admires are not my choice for admirable human beings but there are moments in the novel where they go beyond their cardboard versions of Rand s philosophy to show true humanity. 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 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. 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 understand what I meant It s a bad question 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 life This is because no matter to whom you are speaking, no matter what religion they follow, God is always the highest conception of the highest possible A believer in God has placed their highest conception above their own possibility, above their own life Whatever such a person believes in, it isn t life It s a rare gift, Kira says, to feel reverence for your own life and to want the best, the greatest, the highest possible, here, now, for your very own To imagine a heaven and then not to dream of it, but to demand it Just 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 their obedience.