Re: Fwd: RARA-AVIS: John O'Hara

From: Richard Moore (
Date: 08 Sep 2006

I agree with Ed that Appointment is a fine novel and I've read it several times. Butterfield 8 did not impress me when I read it many years ago. Pal Joey didn't do much for me but I rather liked Sermons and Soda Water. The three stories it contains introduced me to O'Hara with his sharp eye for detail and the sly, almost bitchy touches that I find amusing.

He hated being so identified with the short story but he was too good at them to avoid that label. The collection Assembly is a good representative sample.

Richard Moore

> In a message dated 9/6/06 1:37:18 PM, juri.nummelin@... writes:
> > John O'Hara pops up here every now and then. I have both
> > APPOINTMENT IN SOMORRA and BUTTERFIELD 8, but I havent' as yet
> > read them. Are there any other books by O'Hara that would merit
> > reading? I think I have one or two of his short story collections
> > (HELLBOX comes to mind) and I just bought a newer novel of his
> > (can't remember the title, though; it was very cheap). I also
> > have an omnibus of PAL JOEY, HOPE OF HEAVEN and SERMONS AND SODA
> > WATER.
> >
> > Juri
> >

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