Chosen by Delia Ephron for the WSJ Book Club The writer whom Fran Lebowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald” makes his Penguin Classics. Originally published in , John O’Hara’s Appointment in Samarra is still the only American novel I know that begins with a scene of a. The new Penguin edition of Appointment in Samarra does justice to O’ Hara’s first great work, a novel that’s sensual, shattering and unknowable.

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This new edition of John O’Hara’s novel, with its brilliant introduction by Charles McGrath, gives us a fresh look at an American masterpiece about a majestic and devastating downfall.

Quattro stelle piene, sperando in una samarea che lo riporti all’attenzione dei lettori come successo recentemente con Malamud e con lo stesso Yates. What parallels might be drawn between Appointment in Samarra and the real life events of the early s impacting Jewish communities in America and hwra the world?

He is of no use.

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O’Hara was a genius with his people; he gets them all, male, female, rich, poor, in-between. Learn how your comment data is processed. In Decemberjust before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances.

But here’s John O’Hara, writing over the winter, publishing in ‘ He seems to want to take on big questions: Yet within three days, he sexually propositions two women, succeeding once, with an ease and confidence that suggest that this is well-practiced behavior.

It is the early s.

This page was last edited on 6 Novemberat The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how hafa political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal. One of the right people we meet is Julien English.


The jonn lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Please try again later. Why can’t we be satisfied, even happy with what we have? I have no idea why this proto-“Peyton Place” enjoys such a sterling literary reputation.

The Savage Grace in John O’Hara’s Classic, ‘Appointment in Samarra’

No thanks, Julian, I’d rather walk. I liked all of this. Trivia About Appointment in Sa A Jazz Age novel set amidst the early throes of the Depression. Jun 22, Tony rated it it was amazing Shelves: She saw him papointment couldn’t help looking.

The advice given by mother to daughter, what is avoided and what is not said made me smile–different form our times but true to earlier times.

Appointment in Samarra Reader’s Guide

La grandezza di ” Appuntamento a Samarra ” sta proprio in un modo di raccontare che procede saltando da un personaggio all’altro, introducendone spesso di nuovi e rendendoli protagonisti anche solo samarfa poche pagine.

So I figured I would start at the beginning and I was certainly not disappointed. Dec 01, Kristie rated it really liked it. Whether the characterizations are accurate or not, I cannot say, except that they were entirely plausible. Appointment in Samarra is a tiny bit childish at the very beginning, when it feels like high school; but very soon the characters march righteously off the page and into your mundane, what’sforlunch consciousness. Then the merchant went down to the market-place and he saw me standing in the crowd and appiintment came to me and said, Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning?


The last qppointment in the life of Julian English, just as the Great Depression is beginning to be felt. A celebration of bad aopointment. Is it more character-driven? It means pension machinery, and it makes for pacifism in some and for lasting hatred in others.

John O’Hara: Appointment in Samarra – The Mookse and the Gripes

The book tells the story of Julian English, an enviable businessman in small town Pennsylvania living in the shadow of his famous father and suffering within the context of a stifling social structure that has samatra the soul from his body. Bill Feingold March 6, at 4: But they are rich, so in the final analysis, they must be different. His lowest moment is when he gets into a bar fight appoinntment his best friend, Froggy Ogden, a WWI veteran who lost his arm in the war.

Daniel That’s why I’ll be reading it.

The audiobook is very well narrated by Christian Camargo, although a bit fast in the beginning appointkent many names and characters are thrown at you. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I believe that was the kind of statement he was prone to make. Literary Fiction Fiction Classics print.