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A Rage to Live (Modern Library Classics) Paperback – March 9, 2004
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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 <b>A Rage to Live</b> 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. <br><br>“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 <i>The New Yorker</i>. “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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the purchase. I love to read almost any book and many times the older books are different and very enjoyable!
Where I had recently moved, and where I was studying the history and mores of the city.
O'Hara thought of himself as a candidate for a Nobel Prize. Proof that self delusion is a common problem.
Oh, it is readable, and amusing for one interested in Harrisburg's history. But would not be a best seller today, nor shocking!
I gave it a chance, but when the author started goofing up on his characters' ages and what year their parents died, and when he wrote "couldn't of" and "must of," I said forget it. This book is over 700 pages. It supposedly was something about Grace Tate's affairs because she was just so wanton and irresistible, but I guess the author was too busy writing these characters' discussing nothing and never getting to the point too much for me to ever find out about her having these affairs...I did read a part where a builder wanted her so much that he got drunk and beat up a hooker, breaking her nose, which could be "repaired but not restored" (?) and needing stitches in her eyes and mouth.
Not a page turner.