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Bobbie Ann Mason s short stories which were notable for the fact that they were much like sketches in that they did not necessarily have a neat story arc nor any arc whatsoever Older short stories have generally a beginning middle and nd current short stories are less likely to follow a traditional format John O hara s work seems to be in that transitional period Some have the traditional arc a few with a lovely twist at the nd but many are much open nded like modern writing Cynical lonely characters on a backdrop of New York before and after ww2 An audio book to savor The stories are tightly written and wonderfully presented in this audio collection In 2017 the stories bring you back to a different time and a whole cast of 1930s to 1950s characters It s full of bars cocktail parties old dames society women lawyers thugs and clubs that no longer Uncommon Wisdom exist I loved going through the doors and peeking inven when things weren t pretty It s a world that I m glad no longer Unseen City exists but good to remember the way John O Hara presented it at the time without the filters of current day nostalgia I can see the fedoras the whiskey the table full of reporters and the wiseguys at the the bar This collection of John O Hara s short stories most of them appearing in the The New Yorker magazine between the 1930s and 1960s are all uite good These stories cross walk across the lives of the people who live in New York City and localnvirons and typically are about the people of my parents generation Some of these stories are uite short 2 3 pages and others are much much longer but they are all insightful and incisive The plots tend to revolve people s cares their hopes their desires their loves in other words the full range of human life and Art emotion O Hara uses his words carefully and makes the characters come alive on the pageSome of my favorite stories include We re Friends Again Sportsmanship and Pleasure but uite frankly they were all very goodThis a greatdition to my short stories collection A solid 45 stars of 5 for me Continuing my current love affair with Mr O Hara One HELL of a writerO Hara wrote hundreds of short stories Ultimately they found their way into collections of course The one I read recently Library of America s John O Hara Stories pulled from his God Is in the Crowd entire short story output But this volume is limited in scope it only covers stories set in New York O Hara also wrote groups of stories set in Hollywood and Gibbsville a stand in for his hometown Since the LOAdition had freedom its ditor wa. 'Hara among the greatest short story writers in English or.
I love the writing of John O Hara some of these stories are wonderful Others seem unfinished like maybe they re actually a fragment of a larger piece that O Hara never got around to completing It certainly could be that I just don t get the point of some of the stories But whatever the case some of them left me unsatisfied I found the stories to be so dated but there were some surprising situations that harboured on the surreal and that always appeals to me I think the following uotation sums up some of the sadness and streaks of bleakness that permeate the storiesWhat did he know about me What really can any of us know about any of us and why must we make such a thing of loneliness when it is the final condition of us all And where would love be with out it We re Friends Again I came to O Hara through his novel Appointment in Samarra That novel his most successful was pretty good but the short story is where his writing really clicks for me This collection is one of the better collection of shorts I ve read for a few reasons First O Hara has an unusually terse almost reporter like style that really pops in a shorter format Second he s ually good in developing characters and plot over three pages or fifty pages The dude really had a gift and if you like short stories you should read this one I think I came across John O Hara through the New Yorker Podcast which is The Matriarchs (The Family excellent I d never heard of him he seems to have fallen out of fashion after decades of popularity This is of a me problem than a problem with O hara I don t like reading anntire volume of short stories all in one go Since this was a library book I d not much choice I find I get bored and start noticing an author s tics far too much when I need to read such a great volume of work all at once things I d probably never notice if I d had the time to read two or three stories between other things For the most part these are great and capture a certain time and mood in New York City mid century Its pre feminism Its pre birth control Women are limited to certain things which doesn t mean they don t have power it can only be Notes for the Everlost exercised in a certain way Appearance marriage affairs all these things had social rules that wen or those that live in my bubble just don t think about any His portrayal of male friendship was interesting too Most of the married couples in the stories were not friends People according to O hara seemed to seek out friendship with the same gender though there werexceptions I also had just read a collection of. Collected for the first time the New York stories of John
S able to select what he considered to be the best of When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) everything The New York Stories is slightly less fortunate but only slightly By that I mean I find the subject matter of a handful of the stories less interesting Howevereven the less interesting stories are still very well written as stories I d say that s a particular talent and accomplishment A few of the stories here are also included in the LOAdition but upon recognition I didn t skip over them I just read and No Biggy! enjoyed them again O Hara s breadth of researchknowledge is staggering Though sharp character portraits are always front and center O Hara always did his homework to make character background powerfully believable When it comes to covering the milieu of certain characters in particularly impressive detail I just don t know how the guy did it Most of these 32 stories are on the very short side Some run to 10 pages But none of them feel insignificant in terms of the territory they cover you feel you re told just what you need to know for basic but complete satisfaction and nothing But near thend of this volume there is a 50 page tale long for a short story but too short for a novella We re Friends Again It s probably my favorite in this collection as it illuminates what happens between a pair of married couples as well as some others on the periphery of their lives In almost snapshot fashion the story covers several decades and includes surprising storyline shifts ie participation in Resistance fforts during WWII This story showcases some of O Hara s most layered character analysisand it s simply marvelous The New York Stories by John O Hara Penguin Classics 2013Most of O Hara s stories have been published in The New Yorker giving birth to a certain type of story that we now associate with the magazine Though I am not a fan of this type of story I find O Hara s stories among the most ntertaining I ve ver readHaving worked as a journalist the skills accumulated while reporting real facts have served him well and have help A truly amazing collection of stories by John O Hara depicting the 1930 s through the 1950 s in Manhattan Many stories centering around older Hollywood actors who could not get any work in films and so rather than be humiliated they move back to New York to work on Broadway or simply to become invisible and not have to answer to Hollywood actors agents producers and fans about why they had not been seen in any movies in such a long time Highly recommend Mr O Hara is truly one of America s greatest writers. In any other language Brendan Gill Here at The New Yorker.
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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