By John O'Hara
Appointment in Samarra is a fast paced, blackly comedian depiction of the fast decline and fall of Julian English. English is a part of the social elite of his Thirties American place of origin yet from the instant he impetuously throws a cocktail within the face of 1 of his robust enterprise affiliates his existence starts to spiral uncontrolled - taking his loving yet stricken marriage with it.
'For all its excellence as a social landscape and a caricature of a wedding, it really is as an image of a guy destroyed by way of drink and satisfaction that Appointment in Samarra lives frighteningly within the mind' John Updike
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W h e n we left the hotel, our attention was drawn to a crowd gathering not far from us; traffic was completely blocked off and police were coming and going in front of the barricade, some holding dogs by the leash, some w i t h walkie-talkies in their hands. Various fire trucks were parked in the middle of the road, as well as police cars, whose revolving lights flashed slowly in the night. There was also a TV crew setting up their equipment behind the park gates, and a lot of curious spectators all around, both groups waiting for the imminent landing of a hot air balloon in Kensington Gardens.