NIGHT OF JANUARY 16TH AYN RAND PDF

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Shelves: favorites , owned-not-read , opinionator The Night of January 16th is a play written by Ayn Rand. This is the only play I have ever read in my life. It is entertaining, fast paced and demanding at the same time. The play takes place in the courtroom, where Karen Andre is on trial for the murder of Bjorn Faulkner. The plot is inspired by the suicide of Iver Kreuger played by Bjorn Faulkner followed by the crash of his financial empire built upon swindling millions from investors by investing money which he did not actually possess.

The Night of January 16th is a play written by Ayn Rand. The play has been appreciated for the thoughtful Ms Rand probes the director, to randomly select the members of the audience to become the impromptu jury. For me, the reader becomes a jury member upon choosing to read the play. This work is symbolic, where the true nature of a person is called forth. The reader is on trial.

The will and wit to transgress rather than to stand as a part of the herd is what determines your relationship to the existence. One can choose to be as hollow as a non risk taking, conforming respectable civilian or be an ambitious, free willed and self assertive deviant. One out of the diverse ways to display your true nature is the stand that you take while reading this script. Do you read it like as a suspenseful dramatic play or as a person who reads to take a position?

The justification of the side one takes is the reflection of the substance of his being. The author provides two different climaxes based on the decision of the jury. In this play, I positioned myself as Karen Andre and not as Faulkner. I wanted to explore what would I do, as a lady to a man acclaimed as a crook after his death? How do I perceive this man when people are making accusations, weaving false stories, or calling me as his mistress and his partner in crime? Do I give up my loyalty to the part of me that favored, loved, accepted and worshipped him?

Do I join the flock to escape the disrespect that is inevitable? The reader must view Karen as the lady who wore the mantle consistently before and after Faulkner. Choose a side!

Reading the play was special to me, because Ayn Rand directly speaks with you. I have not read her non fiction work, so the introduction written in first person was a delightful treat. And she speaks to you about dismantling virtues, forgotten selves, oppressed identities and buried voices in the tout structure of this play. This suggests how conventional, typical and predictable people become out of conformity. In the introduction, the author chronicles the journey of this manuscript from being a play script as a product of her ideas; to acquiring multiple versions, each molded and sculpted for the purpose of entertainment dissociated from its essence.

Ayn Rand recorded her agony and disappointment as a writer and finally found solace after the release of this book. This part of the introduction was an interesting read. I would be biased if I say there were no points of disappointment in this script. As the suspense unfolds, the trial seems futile and two verdicts proposed by the author are no longer required.

The trial will seem justified only upon reading the introduction which I usually avoid reading unless I find one addressed by my favorite author. Finally, an interesting read even for those who prefer a light, short, crisp and thriller. I highly recommend this book.

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Night of January 16th

For the next ten years she helped him carry out his massive financial frauds on a worldwide scale — and was proud to be his mistress. How would she react when Faulkner suddenly decided to marry Nancy Lee Whitfield, an eligible socialite with a rich father? The reader and the jury must decide based on clues from the way she and Faulkner lived their lives, clues that reveal what she was capable of doing in the name of her values. He always could. From testimony about how Faulkner and Andre lived their lives, the reader and the jury must judge which version of events is consistent with the type of people they were.

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Shelves: favorites , owned-not-read , opinionator The Night of January 16th is a play written by Ayn Rand. This is the only play I have ever read in my life. It is entertaining, fast paced and demanding at the same time. The play takes place in the courtroom, where Karen Andre is on trial for the murder of Bjorn Faulkner. The plot is inspired by the suicide of Iver Kreuger played by Bjorn Faulkner followed by the crash of his financial empire built upon swindling millions from investors by investing money which he did not actually possess. The Night of January 16th is a play written by Ayn Rand. The play has been appreciated for the thoughtful Ms Rand probes the director, to randomly select the members of the audience to become the impromptu jury.

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The Night of January 16th

History[ edit ] Background and first production[ edit ] Rand drew inspiration for Night of January 16th from two sources. The first was The Trial of Mary Dugan , a melodrama about a showgirl prosecuted for killing her wealthy lover, which gave Rand the idea to write a play featuring a trial. She based her victim on Ivar Kreuger , a Swedish businessman known as the "Match King" for the matchstick-manufacturing monopolies he owned, before he was found dead in March This incident inspired Rand to make the victim a businessman of great ambition and dubious character, who had given several people motives for his murder.

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