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Ourselves to Know

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published June 28th 1960 by Random House (first published 1960)
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Either John O'Hara got better as the years went by or I am getting to know him better as an author. This novel earned him the #5 spot of the 1960 bestseller list and I liked it more than his earlier novels.

He works over most of the tropes found in the popular fiction of 1960: sex, psychological insight, homosexuality, and bad women. The main character is one of the richest men in his small eastern Pennsylvania community. He has issues, especially with women. When his is in his forties he marries
I took a long time reading this book, as I had several others on the go that fell into my lap. When library books roll in they usually take precedence over my purchases.

I don't know why there are so many dismissive reviews of this book. It's straight out of O'Hara's universe, so if you like his work you will enjoy this too. Yes, it's a bit of a potboiler, O'Hara liked to shock people. That's one of the things I enjoy about his work, that he didn't shy away from controversial subjects.

The structu
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O'Hara could tell a story. He is of an age, not for the ages. Like Thomas Wolfe, I loved him when I was young.Ear for dialogue still perfect. This one is probably for O'Hara completists only.
Typical O'Hara novel, very readable, good story.
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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 frequently about the social ...more
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