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"Mr O'Hara's eyes and ears have been spared nothing, but he has kept in his heart a curious and bitter mercy" -- Dorothy Parker "O'Hara writes with swift realism, wisely avoids sentimentality" Time Magazine "Dramatic...exciting...vivid and written at high speed...accurate and often penetrating" The Nation "Better than anyone else, he told the truth about his time, the first half of the twentieth century. He was a professional. He wrote honestly and well" -- John O'Hara on John O'Hara. He had this inscribed on his gravestone.
“Exceptionally brilliant.” —New York Herald Tribune
“[O'Hara] is the only American writer to whom America presents itself as a social scene in the way it once presented itself to Henry James, or France to Proust.” —Lionel Trilling, The New York Times
“Dramatic . . . exciting . . . vivid and written at high speed . . . accurate and often penetrating.” —The Nation
“If you want to read a book by a man who knows exactly what he is writing about and has written it marvelously well, read Appointment in Samarra.” —Ernest Hemingway --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It all depends. If you class John O'Hara as an American writer of popular fiction, then he must be up there at the very top with detailed descriptions of his society, use of both... Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Bob Newman
Then read this...pronto. Rated the #22 fiction book of the 20th Century, Appointment in Samarra did not disappoint. Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by Chris Salzer
Classism and alcoholism before any 'disease model' or political correctness. Reading this book is like some sort of regression into a time when your name was your destiny and if... Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2002 by L. Dann
This appears to be a novel written by a young writer that was not to happy with the people in his hometown. Read morePublished on July 26 2002 by Stan Eissinger
John O'Hara is like a cross between F.S. Fitzgerald and D.H. Lawrence, if you care to think of it in those terms. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2001 by Scooper
ï¿½Appointment in Samarraï¿½ is a great novel. I was led to read it by an article in the Atlantic Monthly that lamented the pretentiousness of much of contemporary... Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2001 by Frank Gibbons
The title comes from a tale attributed to Somerset Maugham (reprinted just in front of the first page of my edition). Read morePublished on April 29 2001 by Gregory N. Hullender