24 October 2005
Time Magazine has designated Appointment in Samarra as among 10 'surprises' among its 100 'best' all time novels. 'Julian English is a man who squanders what fate gave him. He has a country-club membership and a loving wife. His decline and fall, over the course of three days around Christmas, is a matter of spending, liquor and a couple of reckless gestures. That his calamity is petty only makes it more powerful.'