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

From: Ed Lynskey (
Date: 05 Aug 2002

I've heard a panel of academics and book critics at a book festival pan O'Hara's fiction as being repetitive and largely ignored today
(i.e., not read).

For me, the dialogue of O'Hara's different characters remains sharp, gritty, and authentic.

Didn't he write also Butterfield 8, later a movie with Liz Taylor?

Ed Lynskey

--- Mario Taboada <> wrote:
> <<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.
> Best,
> MrT


__________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Health - Feel better, live better

# To unsubscribe from the regular list, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to
#  This will not work for the digest version.
# The web pages for the list are at .

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 05 Aug 2002 EDT