Books Read The New York Stories – dedelicate.com
Books Read The New York Stories – dedelicate.com
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 ulled from his 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 LOA edition had freedom its editor was able to select what he considered to be the best of 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 articular talent and accomplishment A few of the stories here are also included in the LOA edition but upon recognition I didn t skip over them I just read and enjoyed them again O Hara s breadth of researchknowledge is staggering Though sharp character ortraits are always front and center O Hara always did his homework to make character background Fault Lines powerfully believable When it comes to covering the milieu of certain characters inarticularly 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 Hunt for 901 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 the end of this volume there is a 50age tale long for a short story but too short for a novella We re Friends Again It s Chasing After Infinity probably my favorite in this collection as it illuminates what happens between aair of married couples as well as some others on the Morir por un iPhone - Apple, Foxconn y las luchas de los trabajadores en China periphery of their lives In almost snapshot fashion the story covers several decades and includes surprising storyline shifts iearticipation in Resistance efforts during WWII This story showcases some of O Hara s most layered character analysisand it s simply marvelous Cynical lonely characters on a backdrop of New York before and after ww2 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 ermeate 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. Collected for the first time the New York stories of John
The New York Stories by John O Hara Penguin Classics 2013Most of O Hara s stories have been ublished 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 entertaining I ve ever readHaving worked as a journalist the skills accumulated while reporting real facts have served him well and have helped him create unchy fact based stories often inspired by overheard conversations An O Hara story is often like a lay in that the setting is circumscribed the Cast On, Bets Off period of time in which the events takelace is very short a day or even a few hours and it sometimes starts andor ends with dialogue O Hara s characters are from all the walks of life bartenders showgirls cops doctors widows or less wealthy drunks actors and one can tell that he has a deep knowledge of all the American class structures But the most idiosyncratic characteristic of his stories is that his characters are defined bythrough their voices and way of speaking His dialogues are so vivid and life like that even when you don t know almost anything about his characters you can see them Some of the stories in this collection are nothing than dialogues between a husband and a wife or a man and a woman who have just met but they draw you in from the first line One of O Hara s techniues is to start a story in the middle of an ongoing dialogue which makes the reader curious to find out the missing Private Elisha Stockwell, Jr., Sees The Civil War piece of information Another techniue is an intriguing mysterious endingSome examples of O Hara beginnings The alarm clock went off and she did not remember setting it The Assistant The famous actress went to the window and gazed down at the snow coveredark Can I Stay Here Miller was Past Lives, Future Lives putting his key in the lock Good Bye Herman and some endings She knew it her lawyer shone number by heart The Assistant That s right he said Me It s Mental Work An audio book to savor The stories are tightly written and wonderfully Love with Every Beat 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 cocktailarties old dames society women lawyers thugs and clubs that no longer exist I loved going through the doors and CPA Australia - Advanced Taxation peeking in even when things weren tretty It s a world that I m glad no longer exists but good to remember the way John O Hara resented 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 I came to O Hara through his novel Appointm. 'Hara among the greatest short story writers in English or.
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Ent in Samarra That novel his most successful was retty 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 Arcana Mundi pops in a shorter format Second he s eually good in developing characters andlot over three به سوی زبان شناسی شعر pages or fiftyages The dude really had a gift and if you like short stories you should read this one 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 Genesis 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 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 theeople who live in New York City and local environs and typically are about the Mirror Matter people of myarents generation Some of these stories are uite short 2 3 A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry pages and others are much much longer but they are all insightful and incisive Thelots tend to revolve Six Days people s cares their hopes their desires their loves in other words the full range of human life and emotion O Hara uses his words carefully and makes the characters come alive on theageSome of my favorite stories include We re Friends Again Sportsmanship and Pleasure but uite frankly they were all very goodThis a great edition to my short stories collection A solid 45 stars of 5 for me I think I came across John O Hara through the New Yorker Podcast which is excellent I d never heard of him he seems to have fallen out of fashion after decades of Awareness popularity This is of a meroblem than a Cat Out of Hell problem with O hara I don t like reading an entire 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 a 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 largeriece that O Hara never got around to completing It certainly could be that I just don t get the oint of some of the stories But whatever the case some of them left me unsatisfie. In any other language Brendan Gill Here at The New Yorker.
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