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The Night of January 16th

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,968 ratings  ·  106 reviews
To the world, he was a startlingly successful international tycoon, head of a vast financial empire. To his beautiful secretary-mistress, he was a god-like hero to be served with her mind, soul and body. To his aristocratic young wife, he was an elemental force of nature to be tamed. To his millionaire father-in-law, he was a giant whose single error could be used to destr ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published January 1st 1971 by NAL (first published 1936)
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Saloni Dahake
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read nothing, absolutely NOTHING like this before.
Jan 06, 2009 rated it liked it
Yes, I read Ayn Rand. No, I do not necessarily agree with her philosophies. Yes, she was obsessed with rape. No, I am not. Moving on.

This play was actually rather interesting to read right now what with talk of Bernard Madoff and Ponzi schemes in the news over the past couple months. The entire drama takes place in the courtroom, trying to determine who killed Bjorn Faulkner who had swindled millions from investors by investing money he did not actually possess. Upon bankruptcy and on the night
Part VII of a multi-part review series.

Fairly pedestrian courtroom melodrama, complete with improbable reversals. Displays the normal problems of non-attorney writing legal thriller: procedure and decorum are dicked up, objections are made by lawyers not on the basis of the rules of evidence, but rather on whether the facts are deleterious to one’s case. In fact, numerous bona fide evidentiary objections are not made in the narrative because writer does not know law--lotsa hearsay running around
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this play. I came across it a few weeks ago in the used book store and decided to pick it up because I've been wanting to incorporate more plays into my reading. I decided to save reading it for January 16th cause I happen to be extremely lame. The only other Rand I've read is Anthem, which I enjoyed. People have given me such skewed feedback on her longer and more well known pieces, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, but that's neither here nor there. This is an entertaining ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t get past Rand’s stunted development: a woman who so worships power in a man that she not only condones the criminal disregard of laws and the feelings of others—including rape!—she endorses these actions, pointing them out as indications that this kind of person excels above others. In serving his own needs above any others, no matter who gets hurt, he exemplifies the best humanity can be. He is a lion among men, and the proof is in the legions of crushed bodies in his wake. He is a God. ...more
Taylor Hudson
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays
A well structured courtroom drama with enough twists and turns to keep the reading turning pages. The gimmick of the audience being the jury and deciding the outcome of the play is fun but ultimately kind of disappointing because neither ending is much different given that the possible endings are about 3 lines long. An Ayn Rand read would usually invite some philosophical discussion but this early work seems to be rather surface compared to some of her more well known pieces of literature.
Paakhi Srivastava
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. Ka
Sundari Elango
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
I have both read this play and seen it performed. This is an exciting play to see performed because the drama incorporates the audience in the trial scene. Reading it is enjoyable because of the effective use of suspense and the taut structure. While this was an early work of Ayn Rand, it still exhibits some of her signature style characteristics with clearly delineated characters and a romantic sense of life.
It was inspired by the death of the "Match King", Ivar Kreuger. First produced under a
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
"[...]you're a district attorney and I... well, you know what I am. We both have a lot of dirty work to do. Such happens to be life or most of it. But do you think we're both so low that if something passes us to which one kneels, we no longer have eyes to see it? I loved her; she loved [him]. That's our only proof."

Great play - the ideology is not as well developed as in Anthem or the Fountainhead, but I'm pretty sure that this is Ayn Rand's first published book/play. This play serves to ask ma
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Like much of Rand, this reads both like propaganda and like an epic. Her characters (intentionally) tend to both be flat and non-flat; the bad are comic-book-bad and the good are textbook-good by her philosophy, where virtue consists of being consistent with one's values and constantly rationally examining the world around oneself. Thus an honest gangster can be textbook-good and a manipulative businessman textbook bad. (Though it's interesting to contrast her portrayal of the heroic "Guts" Reag ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE NIGHT OF JANUARY 16TH is an entertaining enough play, but I only connected with it on the most superficial of levels. I like Ayn Rand a lot, and I've read most of her work, but this is the first time I've been repulsed by the philosophical overtones of one of her stories. THE NIGHT OF JANUARY 16TH is very gimmicky (in a good way), with members of the audience being randomly selected to come up on stage and form an impromptu jury. The play ends differently depending on whether or not they fin ...more
old school. this was of interest because of it's ending (a choose your own adventure involving having 12 audience members get up on stage to participate and render a verdict in a trial. this verdict sets in motion one of two possible endings).
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent play! Would love to perform/direct this. Interesting - even 60+ years after it was first produced.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
This play is definitely improved by seeing it performed live. Reading it: 3 stars. Watching it on stage: 4 stars!
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy this play. I wanted to see how it would end - which witnesses were called next and how the case would play out - so that I could come to a verdict on my own, as, according to the introduction, Rand intended. The sheer curiosity that the play sparked in me is why I chose to give it 3 stars as opposed to 1.

There are a couple of reasons as to why I docked stars. First of all, I don't think Rand did any research into Court proceedings, since the courtroom sh
Madhuri Palaji
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must say, this is the best play I read in my life. Bjorn Faulkner, Karen Andre and Lawrence Regan took my breath away. It is a play that takes place in a courtroom. It is not a huge story with too many incidents but a small one that leaves the whole scenario to the reader's imagination. As always, I'm impressed with Faulkner and Regan. Ayn Rand as always knows exactly what kind of men are needed in today's world. They both were fearless, they get what they want, they rule the world and when it ...more
Pier Francesco Berardinelli
La notte del 16 gennaio è pièce che costringe il pubblico (o il lettore, nel caso del libro) ad interrogarsi sul "senso-della-vita", ossia sulla valutazione emotiva, subconscia, del modo in cui egli si rapporta con l'esistenza.

Ayn Rand contrappone due opposti modi di affrontare l'esistenza, descritti da lei stessa nell'introduzione: “l'appassionata autoaffermazione, la fiducia in se stessi, l'ambizione, l'audacia, l'indipendenza contro la convenzionalità, il servilismo, l'invidia, l'odio, la set
Iago Foxo Bouza
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Una obra de teatro orientada a su representación. Un juicio que se desarrolla a lo largo de dos días en el que una mujer es acusada de asesinar a su jefe y amante. Los testigos van y vienen y la trama va hacia adelante, con un suspense derivado del propio desarrollo del juicio. No esperéis final triste, no esperéis un final feliz: el final lo decide el público.
Doce personas suben al escenario para funcionar de jurado popular y son ellas las que deciden el final de la obra. Inocente o culpable. E
Sanket Joshi
The play revolves around death of a businessman. It will help if you are aware of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism, her classic characters of Howard Roark, Francisco D'anconia. Only thing very different about this play is the "jury gig" (read the book to understand)

The courtroom drama gives you flavours of psychological manipulation practiced by lawyers.

One thing I realised while reading this play, that every lawyer should see himself as a director & has to put up a well directed (script
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I got hooked by the preface by Ayn Rand. The idea of audience participating in the performance and making a judgement is awesome. But while reading, maybe due to familiarity with other Rand's works, the idea was pretty much clear. So the originally anticipated effect became diluted. There are a couple of twists, though, that make things more dramatic and, thus, characters are more polarized because of the decisions they have to make.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Geoffrey W.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting play. However, I think the alternative endings could have been better written.
Al Capwned
Jul 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: theatre, american, russian
The only interesting thing about this play is the fact that the audience plays the role of the jury in the end and that, of course, cannot save the whole work from being dull and poorly written.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Ayn Rand is so over rated. This was a waste of my time.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read-list
Thought provoking...

A quick read that I couldn’t put down (read it in a few hours)...still pondering my thoughts on whether Ms. Andre is guilty or not.
Aditya Patil
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ayn-rand, plays, mystery
Not guilty.
Boi Anh
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
-this is a sense of life play, Ayn Rand insists
-a quick read to get the gist
-However, momentary periods of contemplation were necessary for me because this is a crime thriller
-Understanding the characters' testimonies was one psychological exercise after another
-I enjoyed Rand's writing in this edition where she made her final changes
-THE READER/ AUDIENCE gets to decide which ending (of 2) is more convincing to them, or suits their own personal beliefs

Pali Reen
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I doubt if anybody knows about Ayn Rand as a playwright. Well, this book surprised me when Ayn Rand wrote two endings to this courtroom drama depending upon how the jury pronounced the verdict. Read the play to know about the jury
Did he fall, or was he pushed?

This is a fast, engaging read - I read the whole thing in three commutes with time for a quick doze too. It would be interesting to see it performed on stage, and particularly to be one of the audience jury members, but even knowing that’s the gimmick makes you pay a little bit more attention.

It’s typical non-lawyerly presentation of a criminal trial -- lawyers object to things that really aren’t objectionable, and the judge sustains or overrules seemingly arbitrari
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“Who is on trial in this case? Karen Andre? No! It's you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, who are here on trial. It is your own souls that will be brought to light when your decision is rendered.”

Excerpt From: Ayn Rand. “Night of January 16th.”
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