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John O'Hara (1) (1905–1970)

Autor(a) de Appointment in Samarra

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About the Author

John Henry O'Hara was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania on January 31, 1905. Many of his novels and short stories were set in fictionally named Pennsylvania towns with the main themes centering on class conflict and status. He began writing for the New Yorker in 1928; and during his life, sold 225 mostrar mais stories to the magazine. His first collection, The Doctor's Son and Other Stories (1935) was followed by twelve more. Pal Joey (1940) was made into a Broadway musical by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and later was adapted into a film starring Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth. Some of his published novels include Appointment in Samarra (1934), A Rage to Live (1949), The Lockwood Concern (1965), and The Good Samaritan and Other Stories (published posthumously in 1974). Ten North Frederick (1955) won the National Book Award and Butterfield 8 (1935) and From the Terrace (1958) were adapted into movies in 1960. He died from cardiovascular disease on April 11, 1970. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras de John O'Hara

Appointment in Samarra (1934) — Autor — 1,812 cópias
BUtterfield 8: A Novel (1935) 804 cópias
Ten North Frederick (1955) 302 cópias
A Rage to Live (1949) 227 cópias
From the Terrace (1958) 222 cópias
Sermons and Soda-Water (1960) 164 cópias
The Instrument (1967) 131 cópias
The Lockwood Concern (1965) 120 cópias
Pal Joey (1939) — Autor — 99 cópias
The Big Laugh (1962) 96 cópias
The Horse Knows the Way (1961) 82 cópias
Ourselves to Know (1960) 81 cópias
The Hat on the Bed (1995) 77 cópias
The Cape Cod Lighter (1961) 75 cópias
Hope of Heaven (1935) 69 cópias
The O'Hara Generation (1969) 66 cópias
Elizabeth Appleton (1963) 66 cópias
Waiting for Winter (1966) 60 cópias
And other stories (1968) 53 cópias
Assembly (1960) 52 cópias
The Farmers Hotel (1951) 48 cópias
Pipe Night (1945) 41 cópias
The Ewings (1972) 41 cópias
Pal Joey: The Novel and The Libretto and Lyrics (2016) — Autor — 35 cópias
Hellbox (1961) 34 cópias
A Family Party (1956) 29 cópias
49 stories (1962) 24 cópias
John O'Hara's Hollywood (2007) 18 cópias
The Doctor's Son (1935) 18 cópias
My turn (1966) 15 cópias
Sweet and Sour (1954) 15 cópias
John Ohara Omnibus (1986) 12 cópias
Two by O'Hara (1979) 10 cópias
Five plays (1962) — Autor — 10 cópias
Files on parade (1939) 6 cópias
Selected Stories (2011) 5 cópias
A Rage to Live [1965 film] — Screenwriter — 4 cópias
Graven Image 3 cópias
Afternoon Waltz 2 cópias
One For The Road 2 cópias
Natica Jackson (2017) 2 cópias
Andrea 2 cópias
Flight 2 cópias
A Cub Tells His Story 1 exemplar(es)
The Kids 1 exemplar(es)
Nil Nisi 1 exemplar(es)
The Time Element 1 exemplar(es)
Family Evening 1 exemplar(es)
Requiescat 1 exemplar(es)
The Frozen Face 1 exemplar(es)
Last Respects 1 exemplar(es)
The Busybody 1 exemplar(es)
This Time 1 exemplar(es)
Grief 1 exemplar(es)
For Help And Pity 1 exemplar(es)
Short Stories 1 exemplar(es)
The Big Gleaming Coach 1 exemplar(es)
All I've Tried To Be 1 exemplar(es)
The Favor 1 exemplar(es)
That First Husband 1 exemplar(es)
The War 1 exemplar(es)
All the Girls he Wanted 1 exemplar(es)
THE SECOND EWINGS 1 exemplar(es)
The Sun-Dodgers 1 exemplar(es)
The Dry Murders 1 exemplar(es)
Eileen 1 exemplar(es)
The Tackle 1 exemplar(es)
Price's Always Open 1 exemplar(es)
The Assistant 1 exemplar(es)
Fatimas And Kisses 1 exemplar(es)
The Gambler 1 exemplar(es)
The General 1 exemplar(es)
The Jama 1 exemplar(es)
Late, Late Show 1 exemplar(es)
Leonard 1 exemplar(es)
The Neighborhood 1 exemplar(es)
The Pomeranian 1 exemplar(es)
The Portly Gentleman 1 exemplar(es)
The Skeletons 1 exemplar(es)
The Way To Majorca 1 exemplar(es)
He Thinks He Owns Me 1 exemplar(es)
The Brothers 1 exemplar(es)
The Heart Of Lee W. Lee 1 exemplar(es)
Memorial Fund 1 exemplar(es)
The Last Of Haley 1 exemplar(es)
At The Cothurnos Club 1 exemplar(es)
Interior With Figures 1 exemplar(es)
No Justice 1 exemplar(es)
The Weakling 1 exemplar(es)
Not Always 1 exemplar(es)
The Skipper 1 exemplar(es)
Pilgrimage 1 exemplar(es)
Conversation At Lunch 1 exemplar(es)
Encounter: 1943 1 exemplar(es)
Yostie 1 exemplar(es)
A Good Location 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

50 Great Short Stories (1952) — Contribuinte — 1,267 cópias
Great American Short Stories (1957) — Contribuinte — 499 cópias
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contribuinte — 465 cópias
Points of View: Revised Edition (1966) — Contribuinte — 416 cópias
Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker (2000) — Contribuinte — 355 cópias
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Contribuinte — 295 cópias
The 40s: The Story of a Decade (2014) — Contribuinte — 277 cópias
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contribuinte — 269 cópias
Short Stories from The New Yorker, 1925 to 1940 (1940) — Contribuinte — 202 cópias
Nothing But You: Love Stories From The New Yorker (1997) — Contribuinte — 186 cópias
Sixteen Short Novels (1985) — Contribuinte — 177 cópias
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Contribuinte — 140 cópias
Read With Me (1965) — Contribuinte — 129 cópias
The Other persuasion: short fiction about gay men and women (1977) — Contribuinte — 121 cópias
Master's Choice, Volume 1 (1999) — Contribuinte — 61 cópias
The Indispensable F. Scott Fitzgerald (1945) — Introdução, algumas edições61 cópias
55 Short Stories from The New Yorker, 1940 to 1950 (1949) — Contribuinte — 59 cópias
Reading for Pleasure (1957) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias
Butterfield 8 [1960 film] (1960) — Original novel — 46 cópias
The Bedside Tales: A Gay Collection (1945) — Contribuinte — 46 cópias
Pal Joey [1957 film] (1989) — Original book — 39 cópias
From the Terrace [1960 film] (1960) — Original novel — 21 cópias
Horse Stories (2012) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
The Penguin Book of Sea Stories (1977) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
New Stories for Men (1941) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Modern American Short Stories (1941) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Concerning a Woman of Sin and Other Stories of Holllywood (1960) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
The Bathroom Reader (1946) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
The Best Short Short Stories from Collier's (1948) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Ten Great Stories: A New Anthology (1945) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Modern American short stories (1963) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum



I read this a few months ago and the characters of Grace Caldwell and Sidney Tate remain vivid. Grace can come across as a sex maniac but she is not one-dimensional. Her husband Sidney seems to have everything in the world but he is actually a lonely man. The moment that Grace realised this when she saw him polishing his shoes, is to me a milestone scene, and one that is unforgettable.
siok | outras 6 resenhas | Jun 1, 2024 |
I really despised the main character of this novel. I was glad he had an appointment in Samarra.
sturlington | outras 44 resenhas | May 28, 2024 |
My goal was to read an older book alternating with a hot, new title. This served well as I had never read O'Hara which would now be considered historical fiction, it takes place in the Thirties, Forties, Fifties in Pennsylvania. The story also tied in with the movie we watched last night, The Swimmer, from the John Cheever tale about a man whose exalted social position collapses with the loss of his job. [b:Sermons and soda water|50613537|Sermons and soda water|John O'Hara|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1579591273l/50613537._SX50_.jpg|75611823] follows the lives of Ivy Leaguers from a small town, Gibbsville, who fall on hard times in their financial and marital fortunes. O'Hara uses lots of dialogue introduce his characters. Class and status are important yet the key couple, Bobbie and Pete, disregard it: Bobbie has an affair with the bootlegger and frequents the Dan Patch Tavern while Pete works at the aluminum plant and sleeps with a typist. Flagons of drink are consumed, in fact, the bootlegger accuses Bobbie of being a lush ending their tryst. People get sore, not angry; bawl not cry; get the bounce instead of being fired or laid off. A slice of Americana, well written by an significant author whom my mom forbid teenage me to read ([b:Ten North Frederick|796907|Ten North Frederick|John O'Hara|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1440620321l/796907._SY75_.jpg|1092644][b:BUtterfield 8|49715|BUtterfield 8|John O'Hara|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1320445243l/49715._SY75_.jpg|1768442][b:Appointment in Samarra/Butterfield 8/Hope of Heaven|4589146|Appointment in Samarra/Butterfield 8/Hope of Heaven|John O'Hara|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1314241794l/4589146._SX50_.jpg|4638581] all classics.… (mais)
featherbooks | outras 3 resenhas | May 7, 2024 |
Most people will be familiar with the parable that the title alludes to, in which a man, encountering death in a Baghdad bazaar, immediately flees to the distant city of Samarra in hopes of alluding his fate ... only to find death waiting for him there, explaining: "I, too, was surprised to encounter you at the market, as our appointment was always in Samarra." The idea being that there's no escaping fate once it has you in its sites.

This is certainly the plight of Julian English, the protagonist of this tale of upper middle class WASPS in 1930s Gibbsville, Illinois. Julian's the owner of a prosperous Cadillac dealership, husband to a wife who genuinely loves him (in her whiny 1930s way), with a social life that revolves around the local country club and its WASPy members. But in the course of an eventful two days, fate relentlessly hunts our golden boy down, the result of a combination of misbehaviour, mischance, misapprehension, and not an insignificant measure of hubristic overreach, as Julian (along with many other characters in this novel) consistently reaches for more than he needs or wants.

O'Hara's claim to fame is that he was, at one time, the most prolific contributor of tales to the New Yorker magazine, and boy does this read like something Woody Allen would pen. It's well written and crafted, but the incessant whininess of the characters can get a little fatiguing. With the exception of a subplot involving a low-level hood named Al Grecco, everyone here is dealing with WASP-y first-world problems: attending the "right" college, driving the "right" car, marrying the "right" spouse, living in the "right" neighborhood, attending the "right" social events and parties, drinking, gossiping, and judging each other relentlessly. The crimes that destroy Julius aren't crimes in the legal sense, but crimes against the norms of his class: throwing a drink into the face of a social peer, drinking too much, humiliating his wife.

Almost 100yrs later, some aspects of this tale - the country club dances & raccoon coats, the male-centric marriages, the insane drinking - may feel like a time capsule. Alas, however, the central themes of this tale - social gamesmanship and snobbery, hypocrisy, hubris & self-emoliation - are timeless.
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Dorritt | outras 44 resenhas | Apr 3, 2024 |



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