Appointment in Samarra, Paperback
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"Appointment in Samarra" is a fast-paced, blackly comic depiction of the rapid decline and fall of Julian English.

English is part of the social elite of his 1930s American hometown but from the moment he impetuously throws a cocktail in the face of one of his powerful business associates his life begins to spiral out of control - taking his loving but troubled marriage with it.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099518327



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Spend a while with the declining upper class of a small American city at the end of the Jazz Age! Keep company with Julian English, boy lush and adulterous charmer, as he careens his was to self destruction! Pity his clever and loving wife, worry about that quiet mobster in the corner, and sympathize with his coworker, who sees the business going down the drain. Doesn't sound like an attractive project, but this is a compelling and ultimately heart-breaking book, which you knew it was going to be all along. What's striking is how real and how contemporary the characters seem, despite their 1920's language and attitudes. The writing is brilliant, clear as glass to let the story and the characters take over. And the plot is brilliant too, full of twists and turns and blind alleys, but still driving inexorably to that fatal appointment. This is a compelling read, and an underestimated American classic.