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The Cape Cod Lighter

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Collection of 23 short stories.
Hardcover, 425 pages
Published October 12th 1962 by Random House
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Murray
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm not a big fan of short story collections and, going in, thought that this was a novel. I am, however, a fan of John O'Hara and the world that he creates in his novels and short stories. Most of his characters face moral dilemmas, often involving their spouses or lovers, and they frequently follow the path of greatest self-destruction. What makes this collection work is the plethora of characters that populate all of the stories - people we would probably not otherwise meet in a novel.

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John Harder
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Cape Cod Lighter is a collection of short stories. John O’Hara was hitting is stride in the sixties. Though a brilliant writer I don’t think he gets enough critical acclaim – somewhat regarded as the best of a second tier writer catering to the masses. Well sometimes the masses know better than the elites.

Many of O’Hara’s stories leave something unsaid which at times makes the point of the story better than an explicit slap in the face. They also somehow leave you with wanting something mor
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Tom
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had not previously read O'Hara's short stories and was pleasantly surprised. The stories move quickly and are entertaining. Several are set in the '60s, while others stretch back to the era of World War I. A few of the stories are quite long. O'Hara has a great ear for conversation and an ability to quickly sketch a scene.

All in all a rewarding collection. If you're new to O'Hara give this one a try.
Tony Goriainoff
Interesting stories some of them.
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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