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Appointment in Samarra (1934)

de John O'Hara

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"In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville social circuit is electrified with parties and dances, where the music plays late into the night and the liquor flows freely. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English -- the envy of friends and strangers alike. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction"--P. [4] of cover.… (més)
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Once things start unraveling for Julian English, the tragic hero of this small-town hero-to-zero tale, they do so exponentially. The pacing here is terrific — somehow English's decline spins out of control against the oh-so-static backdrop of the well-to-do set he's a part of. So there's a frantic kind of parallax going on as the more things change for Julian, the more they stay the same for everyone else. This is an essential entry in the canon of self-destruction imo, because of course there's no real reason why it has to happen — like the scariest downward-spirals, it just has to be that way.

Also a very interesting book for the way it portrays its characters' sex-lives. It's realistic and mature, even by today's standards I think. ( )
  yarb | Apr 29, 2022 |
Definitely did not use a ghost writer, unlike some other presidents. ( )
  AZBob1951 | Oct 27, 2021 |
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"Our story never ends.

"You pull the pin out of a hand grenade, and in a few seconds it explodes and men in a small area get killed and wounded. That makes bodies to be buried, hurt men to be treated. It makes widows and fatherless children and bereaved parents. It means pension machinery, and it makes for pacifism in some and for lasting hatred in others. Again, a man out of the danger area sees the carnage the grenade creates, and he shoots himself in the foot. Another man had been standing there just two minutes before the thing went off, and thereafter he believes in God or in a rabbit’s foot. Another man sees human brains for the first time and locks up the picture until one night years later, when he finally comes out with a description of what he saw, and the horror of his description turns his wife away from him . . ." ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
A deeply pessimistic look at the idiocy and falsehood of American life when there was a glossy finish on the outside to hide faults, flaws, kinks, and desires. At times Julian English reminded me a little bit of J.P. Donleavy's Ginger Man, but without as much wittism or humor or nuance. Perhaps my issue is that all the characters save Julian and Caroline are simple mechanisms. The moments of self-awareness are there for the lead characters and there is some level of insight into the need to create a identity that we can not only present to the world, but also to ourselves in a coherent way. It's a sad point. While likely very true today, I imagine it was even more glaring in O'Hara's day. All told, this novel should probably be considered a minor classic of American Lit. particularly for that era. ( )
  ProfH | Jul 26, 2020 |
I missed what the title (the source of the allusion is quoted in full on a prefixing page) has to do with the story that follows. ( )
  JoeHamilton | Jul 21, 2020 |
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O'Hara, JohnAutorautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Hill, JamesAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Maurer, AlfredDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
McGrath, CharlesIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Schab, Karin vonTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Updike, JohnIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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