A Rage to Live
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."
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
A RAGE TO LIVEUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
This enlarges on the cross-sectioning of society so much a part of Butterfield 8 and Appointment in Samarra and is the first novel from O'Hara since the former book It provides an intimate portrait of ... Read full review