Appointment In Samarra

Appointment in Samarra is a novel by John O'Hara, first published in 1934. It tells the story of Julian English, a wealthy socialite living in the fictional town of Gibbsville, Pennsylvania. Julian is a member of the upper class, and is married to Caroline English, a woman of similar social standing. He is also a heavy drinker and womanizer, and his behavior has caused him to become increasingly isolated from his peers.

The novel begins with Julian attending a party at the home of his friend, Harry Reilly. At the party, Julian is confronted by a stranger, Death, who tells him that he has an appointment in Samarra. Julian is shaken by the encounter, and begins to drink heavily. He then goes to a bar, where he gets into a fight with a man named Joe, and is arrested.

The next day, Julian is released from jail and returns home. He is still shaken by his encounter with Death, and decides to leave town. He travels to a nearby town, where he meets a woman named Annabelle. Annabelle is a prostitute, and Julian begins a relationship with her.

Meanwhile, Julian's wife, Caroline, is becoming increasingly worried about her husband's behavior. She visits Harry Reilly, who tells her about Julian's encounter with Death. Caroline is horrified, and decides to confront Julian. She finds him in Annabelle's apartment, and the two have a heated argument. Julian leaves, and Caroline follows him.

The novel ends with Julian and Caroline driving to Samarra. Julian is still shaken by his encounter with Death, and is determined to make the most of his life. As they drive, Julian and Caroline come to terms with their relationship, and Julian realizes that he must take responsibility for his actions.

Appointment in Samarra is a classic novel that explores the themes of mortality, responsibility, and redemption. It is a powerful story of a man who is forced to confront his own mortality, and the consequences of his actions. The novel is a timeless classic, and its themes are still relevant today.