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  • A Rage to Live Modern Library Classics
  • John OHara
  • English
  • 07 September 2019
  • 9780812971354

10 thoughts on “A Rage to Live Modern Library Classics

  1. says:

    To my mind I am beginning to seriously consider the notion that John O'Hara is the American mid 20th century euivalent to Britain's Anthony Trollope of the 19th century O'Hara was a prolific writer of short stor

  2. says:

    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 t

  3. says:

    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 surpris

  4. says:

    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 Br

  5. says:

    John O'Bloated

  6. says:

    I never thought I would finish this book written in the year I was born and a bestseller Unfortunately I can onl

  7. says:

    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 Harr

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    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

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A Rage to Live Modern Library Classics

Ess 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. I never thought I would finish this book written in the year I was born and a bestseller Unfortunately I can only use one reuirement for my challenge so I will have to find another 600 page book It is hard for me to believe that people back in 1949 weren t shocked by reading a story about a woman with uite the sexual appetite as has Grace Tate Grace is from a wealthy and founding father s family from Fort Penn Harrisburg Pennsylvania The story takes around the turn of the century to 1920 Through her story John O Hara introduces us to a grand view of a slice of Americana the rich and the poor tradesmen and bankers the original Pennsylvanians English and German and the immigrants the rich and the social climbers Characters die from polio influenza car accidents Others almost die from pneumonia Men freuent brothels Great detail is given to the political machinations of running for mayor Underneath this panorama O Hara asks why can men have mistresses and women must subdue sexual feelings Why is it only men who can do the chasingWhat happens to a woman when she outsteps her role

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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 tendern. To my mind I am beginning to seriously consider the notion that John O Hara is the American mid 20th century euivalent 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 real skill though is his ability to describe and characterize the relationships between men and womenO Hara s A Rage to Live first published in 1949 is the story of the life of Grace Caldwell Tate Grace is a woman of great wealth and great beauty with an incredibly strong connection to the Pennsylvania Dutch landscape where she has lived her entire life Not to put too fine a point on it Grace likes sex and this butts directly up against the rules that society places on the behavior of women in her day and time There are conseuences associated with Grace s choices and actions and these conseuences affect many of the citizens of the little town of Fort Penn where Grace lives with her husband Sidney Tate and their three children A Rage to Live is an enthralling portrait of small town America just before during and following the First World War This historical view of early 20th century Pennsylvania as seen through the eyes of Grace and Sidney was fascinating for me O Hara deftly describes the days of horses and wagons yielding to Model T s Ford Coupes and Pierce Arrows the patriotic fervor and fear of the on coming World War in Europe terrible diseases like influenza and infantile paralysis ie polio myelitus that indiscriminately strike rich and poor and old and young the party line telephone system and even the the arcane goings on at the local cocktail and dinner parties There is even a brief little vignette where an older and mature Grace Caldwell Tate meets and chats up the young 17 or 18 year old Julian English long before he has married the pretty Caroline Walker bought his Cadillac dealership and later when at a party on a cold Christmas Eve in a fit of piue throws his highball and ice into the face of Harry Reilly precipitating the events characterized in O Hara s most famous novel An Appointment in Samarra 1934This was a hell of a good book that kept me turning one page after the other I know that some reviewers have complained that it was too long but I respectfully disagree it was just right In a sense this novel is the bildungsroman of Grace Caldwell and it just wouldn t have made sense to only partially know Grace No the reader needs to know all of Grace in order to better understand her Rage to LiveThis novel is John O Hara s A Portrait of a Lady Grace Caldwell Tate and it merits 45 stars out of 5 and ends up being a truly classic work of modern American literature and a novel that I guarantee you that I look forward to rereading again in the future

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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 acuiring knowledge on the scale that O’Hara acuired it?. 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 help but tell us every item on the menu at a society wedding itemize every gift tell us where it was purchased and at what cost go into a lengthy analysis of how one s service at the local barber shop is determined by which country club one belongs to and whyI could go on and on One keeps hoping O Hara s incessant chronicling and categorizing of the banal will blossom into a story but by page 255 to be exact I gave up Oh dear what a very bad book Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin 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 acuiring knowledge on the scale that O’Hara acuired it?. His Appointment in Samarra is Something in the Wine The Moonstone Series 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 help but tell us every item on the menu at a society wedding itemize every gift tell us where it was purchased and at what cost go into a lengthy analysis of how one s service at the local barber shop is determined by which country club one belongs to and whyI could go on and on One keeps hoping O Hara s incessant chronicling and categorizing of the banal will blossom into a story but by page 255 to be exact I gave up Oh dear what a very bad book


About the Author: John OHara

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 freuently about the social