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  • Series: Modern Library Classics
  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library (March 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812971353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812971354
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,663,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Like Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis before him, [O’Hara] was determined to record the whole of American life.”
The New York Times Book Review

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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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By frumiousb VINE VOICE on August 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
O'Hara is one of the most underrated of American writers. _Rage to Live_ builds a strong character in Grace Caldwell Tate-- her passions are handled with delicacy and skill and her story is told with a rare combination of affection and judgement. A good place to begin with O'Hara if you don't know his work already.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By L. Dann on May 26, 2003
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Grace Caldwell was the young woman who stood out in her community, for her wealth, her athleticism and her confident, striking appearance. She was beloved of her family and suffered little in the way of childhood traumas or incidents that might darken her satisfied sense of life and herself. She was also a girl and later a woman with the sex drive of what at the time was considered- a man. More than that, she acted on it and what began in youth became a part of the rest of her life, that is the addition of a secret sexual fire and behavior that smoldered through her position as nothing less than wife, mother and social leader of the town.
The Rage to Live is a book that accurately and presciently tells of an era of transition. In that Pennsylvania small town, the country and the heroine; a transition was occuring wherein the upper classes would no longer be secure to behave however they chose. It was also an era when over-indulgence itself was in the process of entering the mainstream, i.e. was democratized. That did not lead to an increased forgiveness in the part of the newly liberated, however. The old horse riding, martini drinking gentry has transformed even more over the years, but the Grace Caldwells and their trademark entitlement still can be found in various suburbs in and around the east coast and in the summers along the various coasts. Grace and her family and her fate makes for a great story, dated, but so what.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By a-to-b books on August 26, 2010
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Grace Caldwell was the young woman who stood out in her community, for her wealth, her athleticism and her confident, striking appearance. She was beloved of her family and suffered little in the way of childhood traumas or incidents that might darken her satisfied sense of life and herself. She was also a girl and later a woman with the sex drive of what at the time was considered- a man. More than that, she acted on it and what began in youth became a part of the rest of her life, that is the addition of a secret sexual fire and behavior that smoldered through her position as nothing less than wife, mother and social leader of the town.

The Rage to Live is a book that accurately and presciently tells of an era of transition. In that Pennsylvania small town, the country and the heroine; a transition was occuring wherein the upper classes would no longer be secure to behave however they chose. It was also an era when over-indulgence itself was in the process of entering the mainstream, i.e. was democratized. That did not lead to an increased forgiveness in the part of the newly liberated, however. The old horse riding, martini drinking gentry has transformed even more over the years, but the Grace Caldwells and their trademark entitlement still can be found in various suburbs in and around the east coast and in the summers along the various coasts. Grace and her family and her fate makes for a great story, dated, but so what.

This review is from: A Rage to Live (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback)
Just finished Rage, read and re-read the A. Pope poem, from which the book title is derived. This is, indeed, a novel centered in transitions, and treats the heroine, Grace, with sensitivity and judgment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chaz on May 9, 2014
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O'Hara is one of the wonderful American writers who have kind of faded into the past. I find him very intriguing. He captures a certain era in America with its mores well detailed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mark meyers on December 21, 2013
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Study of America as it was at the start of the 20th century. O'Hara had a style and gift for dialogue making characters come alive right off the page.Page turning stuff. Haunting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Walborn on March 17, 2012
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I read this book many years ago & enjoyed it. I have read most of John O'Hara's books & decided to reread them. This particular book is about Harrisburg, & Fort Hunter which are local to my home. I am truly enjoying it all over again.
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