A Rage to Live

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Vintage Classic, 2011 - Adultery - 713 pages
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A momentous bestseller when it was first published in 1949, John O'Hara's sprawling novel A Rage to Live offers up a gorgeous pageant of idealists and libertines, tradesmen and crusaders, men of violence and goodwill, and women of fierce strength and tenderness. These memorable characters and their vital stories add up to a large-scale social chronicle of America, in what is perhaps the most ambitious work of O'Hara's career.
"The range of O'Hara's knowledge of how Americans live was incomparably greater than that of any other ?ction writer of his time," judged "The New Yorker." "One would have to go back to Frank Norris, Stephen Crane, and Theodore Dreiser to ?nd a novelist who had even the intention of acquiring knowledge on the scale that O'Hara acquired it."

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User Review  - charlie68 - LibraryThing

Perhaps in 1949 this would have ground-breaking fiction, but in 2016 it's ground that has been gone over and has gone stale. Worth reading just to on a time travel trip to early twentieth-century ... Read full review

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User Review  - jeffome - LibraryThing

Interesting saga taking place in the WWI era in Harrisburg, PA (Fort Penn in the novel) near where i grew up as a kid. I enjoyed very much the daily life and social structure routine detail that one ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

John O'Hara was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania on 31 January 1905. He was the eldest of eight children. He had many occupations including engineer, ship steward, railway freight clerk, gas meter reader, amusement park guard, steel mill worker, soda fountain assistant and journalist. His first novel, Appointment in Samarra (1934), won him instant acclaim, and quickly came to be regarded as one of the most prominent writers in America.He won the National Book Award for his novel Ten North Frederick and had more stories published in the New Yorker than anyone in the history of the magazine.His fourteen novels include A Rage to Live, Pal Joey, BUtterfield 8 and From the Terrace. John O'Hara died on 11 April 1970.

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