Re: RARA-AVIS: Who's O'Hara ?

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 05 Aug 2002

<<I assume the author is John O'Hara. Abebooks has some
                             of his stuff. Which ones would you recommend?>>

Appointment in Samarra is a classic. He wrote many short stories, available in various collections. In my experience, his stories are either very good or very bad, with little in between. He wrote realistically, with a regrettable tendency to melodrama but always expressively. His expressiveness and his enormous range of characters are his virtues. You may hate his most facile writing, but you won't be bored by his characters.



"The skill of man is unequal to the formation of a new man from old materials, but the battered tenement may, with care, be long sustained by props" -- From Becklard's Physiology.

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