The protagonist of Ayn Rand
's novel The Fountainhead
As often in her books, reading about him is an odd experience. In places her prose is very good, and we feel a real affection for a prickly architect who doesn't really understand people but has his own enduring vision or beauty. In others her determination to make him the complete embodiement of libertarian virtue, including a deep down true understanding of everything and everybody overwhelms her characterization.