The proof that this book is just great is that so many Leftists can't take it that so many people like it. It's so humiliating to their righteous egos [they are so caring towards the poor people, aren't they? what would poor and little people do without them? Pay less taxes]. Well, The Fountainhead is a blend of fiction and philosophy, well mixed. Take away the philosophy and the story won't make much sense because people aren't exactly as the characters in this story. The characters in this story embody human traits, but above all, they embody social traits that are shared in more or less degree by individuals. But nobody is as incorruptible and has so much integrity as the hero, Howard Roark; few people are so weak and easily manipulated as Katie; and... yes, there have been a few Tooheys, the bad guy, in world history: Stalin, Hitler, Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot, Ceausescu, Castro, Perón, Honecker, Mussolini, all of them Socialists. And of course there have been, and always will be, the Gail Wynands of the world, the successful businessman, the military dictators, the idolaters of power but with a heart for justice, what they understand as justice, that is. This last class they care about their own well-being, they have rule the show, whatever political scene it is, they can't be pushed around, if somebody has to push, they will do the pushing. But the world around, so they see it, is so weak and full of scum, they are just not worth redeeming. So the Wynands of the world have their residence across the street from Lenin and Mao, from the Tooheys, and the say good-morning when the meet at the door and go for their own business, and they get along, each one ruling their own piece of turf.
But, as I say, the characters in this book embody this social traits. Keating and Katie, no nobodies of this world, the middle-class, the manipulated, the consumers of demagoguery and righteous leftist propaganda, are winners only for a time, always about to fall in the social echelon, but hanging there to the tailcoats of their daddy-boss, to whom they lick their boots every morning with devoted enthusiasm while they push to the back of their heads that they are really doing it to save their jobs and middle-class securities. They will say whatever their daddy-bosses or political leaders will ask them, whatever the Tooheys ask them. The Tooheys are good people: they don't care for money, they are incorruptible, they are unselfish, just look at them, just listen to their daily speeches: they care about the poor, they almost live like the poor themselves! Oh, gullible ones, but they have the power over you. Over YOU. Why did Satan rebel against God? Was he in disagreement about what was good and what was not with God? Was Satan pro-abortion and God pro-life? No, it wasn't a matter of differing points of view, of politics.
So this novel is a great novel because it achieves the hard and almost impossible task to put into a story of modern times, and represent, the eternal struggles that individuals have in society: the role they play in it, the struggle between good and bad, about honest, integrity, and hypocrisy and demagoguery. It's what makes people tick. It's about society. It's philosophy triumphantly developed into a novel.