Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “On Glory's Course” as Want to Read:
On Glory's Course
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

On Glory's Course

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
At first glance Fonthill seems to be a conservative big/little town of the pre-Repeal 1930s. Its shuttered houses are thick with sinful cigarette smoke; its inhabitants drink medicinally and gossip tirelessly. The queen bee of this sexually freighted hive is the faded and fallen beauty Adele Bevington. For it is Adele who is the final arbiter of Fonthill's manners and mora ...more
Hardcover, 1st edition, 378 pages
Published 1984 by Viking Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about On Glory's Course, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about On Glory's Course

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 49)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Apr 18, 2010 Carol rated it liked it
I'm not really sure what to think about this book. A story about small town Ohio life in 1913. Was it a parody? Did I miss something here? Did Purdy so hate his small town life that he threw everything (bestiality, incest, unwed mothers, widows, snarky lawyers,homosexuality)but the kitchen sink into it? What was the point? And if he wrote one more that so-and-so kissed another so-and-so on the mouth (he made a big deal out of that) I was gonna scream!

This book reminded me of a Fassbinder film..
Mar 01, 2009 Djrmel rated it really liked it
Everybody judges everybody in this story, set in a fictional town in middle American in 1930. With almost every taboo of that era (and this one, in at least two cases) hinted at or out-right admitted to, no character can take the high road. The plot is pure soap opera, but it's well written soap opera.
C marked it as to-read
Jun 15, 2016
Tyler marked it as to-read
May 19, 2016
flannery marked it as to-read
May 14, 2016
Robert Dunbar
Robert Dunbar marked it as to-read
Jan 15, 2016
Michael Giaccio
Michael Giaccio marked it as to-read
Dec 20, 2015
Paloma I
Paloma I marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2015
Alan Bickley
Alan Bickley rated it really liked it
Oct 20, 2015
Brian rated it liked it
Nov 11, 2015
Loida Pan
Loida Pan marked it as to-read
Jun 24, 2015
Eric marked it as to-read
Feb 21, 2015
Looi rated it liked it
Mar 06, 2015
Nicholas Sutton
Nicholas Sutton rated it it was amazing
Nov 23, 2014
Sean Donovan
Sean Donovan marked it as to-read
Jul 26, 2014
Roithamer marked it as to-read
Jul 06, 2014
Countdowntoblastoff marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2014
José Luis
José Luis marked it as to-read
Nov 08, 2013
Beverly rated it really liked it
May 31, 2013
Kenny rated it it was amazing
Feb 18, 2013
Michael Snyder
Michael Snyder rated it it was amazing
Dec 10, 2012
Patrick O'callaghan
Patrick O'callaghan marked it as to-read
Oct 22, 2012
Morgan Christopher
Morgan Christopher rated it liked it
Oct 14, 2012
Alicia marked it as to-read
Sep 19, 2012
Chaitra marked it as to-read
Jun 29, 2012
Dan rated it liked it
Apr 13, 2012
Eric Arvin
Eric Arvin marked it as to-read
Jan 21, 2012
Sheri added it
Jul 26, 2011
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
James Otis Purdy's "dark, often savagely comic fiction evoked a psychic American landscape of deluded innocence, sexual obsession, violence and isolation." (NY Times obituary) He was an author of novels, short stories, poetry and plays. His works were controversial and often panned by critics but received praise from authors such as Edward Albee, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Gore Vidal.

More about James Purdy...

Share This Book