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Appointment in Samarra: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition | [John O'Hara, Charles McGrath (introduction)]

Appointment in Samarra: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.
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Publisher's Summary

One of the great novels of small-town American life, Appointment in Samarra is John O'Hara's crowning achievement.

In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.

Brimming with wealth and privilege, jealousy and infidelity, O'Hara's iconic first novel is an unflinching look at the dark side of the American dream - and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence of a major American writer.

©2013 John O'Hara (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 12-29-13
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2005
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    "excellent & a bit existentialist & Hemingway-esque"

    very nice writing. nice period detail. a bit Gatsby-ish but written with Hemingway-esque tone, and with the "lost generation" themes running through it, some aimless, drunken living, frank detail and again i think very existentialist feeling.

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    Stephen El Paso, TX, United States 06-29-14
    Stephen El Paso, TX, United States 06-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Appointment in Samarra"

    Story: Not much of a story but it is interesting background and writing. It was slowed in the middle but then came to a quick ending.

    Production: The reader was excellent and the effects were good.

    Overall, I would recommend to buy but do not make it an urgent buy.

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    James L. Fuqua Hendersonville, TN United States 05-24-14
    James L. Fuqua Hendersonville, TN United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Book is a downer."

    This book is often considered a classic. It has a catchy start and end with a Persian folk tale. Everything in between is depressing.

    The entire story transpires in less than a week as a salesman destroys himself by stupid misbehavior during periods of heavy drinking. Nothing in this book is cheerful. From start to finish it is a downer.

    Pure Schadenfreude. If you get pleasure from the misfortune of others you will enjoy this book.

    I probably should have rated the performance as five star because the reader made a disgusting person seem more disgusting, but also so blind to his faults as to be helpless in a slide to death.

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