A Rage to Live

A Rage to Live A momentous bestseller when it was first published in John O Hara s sprawling novel A Rage to Live offers up a gorgeous pageant of idealists and libertines tradesmen and crusaders men of viole

  • Title: A Rage to Live
  • Author: John O'Hara Louis Begley
  • ISBN: 9780812971354
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 whatA 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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    1. John O'Hara Louis Begley

      John Henry O Hara was an American writer born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania He initially became known for his short stories and later became a best selling novelist whose works include Appointment in Samarra and BUtterfield 8 He was particularly known for an uncannily accurate ear for dialogue O Hara was a keen observer of social status and class differences, and wrote frequently about the socially ambitious.enpedia wiki John_O

    286 thoughts on “A Rage to Live”

    1. To my mind I am beginning to seriously consider the notion that John O Hara is the American mid 20th century equivalent to Britain s Anthony Trollope of the 19th century O Hara was a prolific writer of short stories, novellas, and novels from the late 1920s up until his death in 1970 He was incredibly adept at portraying all walks of life in the Pennsylvania coal country that he grew up in, or the streets and nightclubs of New York City, as well as on the film lots and studios of Hollywood His r [...]


    2. Interesting period piece information 700 pages Whew The title A Rage to Live gave me the impression it would be intense Instead, its kind of like a PG 13 Philadelphia Story Not normally my type of book, but interesting writing style Sometimes the author would spend 2 pages describing each and every person, say invited to a party, whether or not they were characters later in the book it would go on and on and on, often making me want to skip to the end of the page But then something major happen [...]


    3. It s O Hara, post Appointment in Samarra When he s good, he s very very good and when he s bad he s awful This one is a little bit of both could have stood trimming by a hundred pages or two but I still far prefer him to the ever priggish Brendan Gill, who famously demolished the book for The New Yorker, resulting in a lengthy O Hara boycott of the magazine Good on class differences, as usual kind of an interesting portrayal of the main character, Grace Caldwell given that it s a male writer try [...]



    4. This book has been on my To Be Read list for decades and I finally got to it I really enjoyed it and I think it is an excellent slice of life novel from the early 20th century It is set in the fictional town of Fort Penn, a thinly disguised Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, which is very close to where I live Many places and things were recognizable in the story, and I think it is probably a very fair representation of what life was like in that time period The characteristics that make t [...]


    5. His Appointment in Samarra is just wonderful and he s credited with being one of the great short story writers of the 20th century, but O Hara is simply dreadful here I was astonished at how dull it is There s something dispiriting about an obviously talented writer writing badly O Hara thought of A Rage to Live as his magnum opus, a grand social novel, but his envy and resentment towards the upper crust Pennsylvanians among whom he grew up leads to something like fetishism here O Hara cannot he [...]


    6. Ah, such excruciating detail on the small town elite of imagined Fort Allen, PA O Hara deserves credit for this detailed setting, and I was surprised for the matter of fact and fairly explicit sex scenes of an early 60s book Was O Hara ahead of his time Did the work get banned here and there I thought from the movie Grace would be an unbridled nymphomaniac, just someone that seemed damaged in a way and gave in to the expectation that she would put out She seemed slightly tragic, her husband Sid [...]


    7. The saga of Grace Caldwell, a socialite from a time when that meant setting standards of behavior rather than panty flashes falling out of a limo Ostensibly she isn t terribly likable but there is something irresistible about her unapologetic masculine behavior which displays the double standards and hypocrisy of the time A long book, perfect to cozy up with in the winter or for lazy summer days.


    8. Loving this book, only 150 pages in It s reminding me a lot of East of Eden in the complicated stories of a few different groups of people.


    9. Who is Grace Tate nee Caldwell Born into wealth and privilege, Grace has all eyes upon her at all levels of society in Fort Penn, Pennsylvania from the day she is born After ten years of marriage to Sidney Tate, Grace begins a destructive affair, the timing of which coincides with the height of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic The last 400 pages of the novel engross the reader in the life of Fort Penn I felt that I was there.


    10. Descriptions of this book don t match my experience of it Perhaps that s because I ve read so many long, family sagas that a woman s extra marital affairs did not seem new and shocking, as they must have when the book was first published To me, it seemed a rather pedestrian story of life in a farm town, where a few families set the tone for everyone else.


    11. The first third of this book was worth reading, if only to reflect in my own mind the language and manner of a time and place 1900 s Pennsylvania Dutch country What we now think of as coal mines and rust belt was, from another perspective, a delicate Victorian society Turning the pages of this 700 page paperback, I became frustrated with the hypocrisy of the characters and their society, so thoroughly described The reprieve or twist comes in the postlude, in which we find the characters transpos [...]


    12. This is a long and, on the face of it, somewhat lurid story of a randy woman However, as with most of O Hara, the real story is in the background with the decline of the Pottsville family The Tates remain resistant to the changes in society around them, but these changes erode them anyway This theme is personified in the character of Grace Tate Rambling in parts, as well as being full of great writing I would like to read it again sometime O Hara is always better on the rereading.


    13. I read this book as a teenager it was in my parents library As I remember it, it was a furious read, full of details and sturm and drang I ought to reread it someday to see what I think of it some 45 years later.


    14. Uneven, could have been a long shorter, misanthropic When its good its extremely good The story is behind the story which he does so well O Hara can be very vindictive to his characters, especially the women.



    15. The adventures of Grace Tatewaiting for her fall The rest of the book doesn t quite compare to the opening scenes but it was enjoyable.Scandalous Schuylkill County



    16. A very effective novel about morality in USA at the time, and the rebellious spirit of young people Beautiful drawung of characters by O Hara.



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