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Appointment in Samarra: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

By John O'Hara

The author whom Fran Lebowitz in comparison to the writer of The nice Gatsby, calling him “the actual F. Scott Fitzgerald,” makes his Penguin Classics debut with this gorgeous deluxe version of his best-loved book.

one of many nice novels of small-town American lifestyles, Appointment in Samarra is John O’Hara’s crowning success. In December 1930, previous to Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is inspired with events and dances. on the middle of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. yet in a single rash second born inside of a highball glass, Julian breaks with well mannered society and starts a fast descent towards self-destruction.

Brimming with wealth and privilege, jealousy and infidelity, O’Hara’s iconic first novel is an unflinching examine the darkish part of the yankee dream—and an enduring testomony to the willing social intelligence if a big American writer.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts better by way of introductions and notes through exceptional students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations by way of award-winning translators.

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