Set in the fictional town of Gibbsville, this is an account of the last three days in the life of Julian, a car salesman who falls victim to his own reckless sexual appetite and the selfish, fast country-club set in which he moves.
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"Mr O'Hara's eyes and ears have been spared nothing, but he has kept in his heart a curious and bitter mercy" (Dorothy Parker)
"O'Hara writes with swift realism, wisely avoids sentimentality" ( Time Magazine)
Dramatic...exciting...vivid and written at high speed...accurate and often penetrating
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'For all its excellence as a social panorama and a sketch of a marriage, it is as a picture of a man destroyed by drink and pride that Appointment in Samarra lives frighteningly in the mind' John Updike
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