Cover of: Appointment in Samarra | John O'Hara

About the Book

O’Hara did for fictional Gibbsville, Pennsylvania what Faulkner did for Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi: surveyed its social life and drew its psychic outlines, but he did it in utterly worldly terms, without Faulkner’s taste for mythic inference or the basso profundo of his prose. Julian English is a man who squanders what fate gave him. He lives on the right side of the tracks, with a country club membership and a wife who loves him. His decline and fall, over the course of just 72 hours around Christmas, is a matter of too much spending, too much liquor, and a couple of reckless gestures. That his calamity is petty and preventable only makes it more powerful. In Faulkner, the tragedies all seem to be taking place on Olympus, even when they’re happening among the low-lifes. In O’Hara, they could be happening to you.

Edition Notes

Genre
Fiction.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.52
Library of Congress
PS3529.H29 A8 1982

The Physical Object

Pagination
240 p. ;
Number of pages
240

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3485316M
Internet Archive
appointmentinsam00ohar
ISBN 10
0394711920
LC Control Number
82004840
Library Thing
38282
Goodreads
857127
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