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Originally conceived as a novel but then transformed into a play by Ayn Rand, Ideal is the story of beautiful but tormented actress Kay Gonda. Accused of murder, she is on the run and turns for help to six fans who have written letters to her, each telling her that she represents their ideal - a respectable family man, a far-left activist, a cynical artist, an evangelist, a playboy, and a lost soul. Each reacts to her plight in his own way, providing a glimpse into their secret selves and their true values. In the end their responses to her pleas give Kay the answers she has been seeking.
Ideal was written in 1934 as a novel, but Ayn Rand thought the theme of the piece would be better realized as a play and put the novel aside. Now both versions of Ideal are available for the first time ever to the millions of Ayn Rand fans around the world, giving them a unique opportunity to explore the creative process of Rand as she wrote first a book then a play and the differences between the two.
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By Anthony on 07-07-15
What made the experience of listening to Ideal the most enjoyable?
Both the preface to the novel and the preface to the play added much to the listen. It gave a psychological framework that gave greater insight into the work and the writing process. I also really enjoyed the being able to see the edits. The anecdote regarding what sparked the idea for the story also added to the listen.
Any additional comments?
Worth it. I couldn't give it five stars as it is incomplete in a sense. As a fan of her work this did not disappoint.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By J. Smith on 08-20-15
Not Rands Best, but still a cut above the rest.
If u like rand, worth a listen- great performances by the readers- good theme, great style- but left a bit wanting for something deeper- like her other novels:)
1 of 1 people found this review helpful