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It wasn’t particularly clever or well-written, which surprised me given all of the high reviews this book receives.

It has been translated into many languages. It is a deceptively simple and delightfully quotable book that can be read by both children and grown-ups. I saw kindness, and I saw meanness.

I enjoyed reading some of the individual chapters but did not feel driven to finish it. I might even suggest it to my son in a couple of years.

Return to Book Page. I would say that his worldview represents much of the modernism that was popular in his day as saroyab was moving out of America’s In a rare occurrence, I actually enjoyed the film version better than the book.

The line of ugliness had been clothed in grace by the line of charity. This book was written during WW2 and there are plenty commedka Rockwell-esque moments here–boys running around a small town with colorfully-nicknnamed chums, creaky old guy running the local telegraph station, women with big hair attending their monthly social gathering.

Capisci quel che voglio dire? May 18, OstinatoLettore rated it really liked it Shelves: Hai mai letto Saroyan? Did so, then went back to the film. The story is centered around the Great Depression but yet finds hope even though there is a war. Look for the first edition.


I think you’re taking it too literally; some of the best books require a suspension of disbelief.

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Five years later, the family reunited in Fresno, where his mother, Takoohi, secured work at comkedia cannery. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. All this contains a very kind view of humanity and childhood, a kind of unquestioning loyalty to the idea that ‘life is beautiful’. E a me lo stucchevole non dispiace. He changes the name of Fresno to ‘Itahca’ in his tale and the main characters are Ulysses and Homer two brothers.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Despite the references to Greek literature, this story is eminently American.

It brings to mind Joseph Brodsky’s commencement address I read over at Brain Pickingswhere he says: Saroyam battle is as important as the other. The Human Comedy tells the story of Homer Macauley, his family, his town, his world.

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Open Preview See a Problem? It probably would have meant more to me 10 years ago, as it’s coming-of-ageish, but still touches on a lot of universal themes that make it worth the read. Todos en el pueblo son buenos y solidarios, al en la pobreza, y umaan esfuerzan por conservar la esperanza cuando la guerra empieza a cobrar sus primeras facturas. In some respects it is outdated; society has changed so much that some aspects of it are ridiculously conservative, saeoyan as the position of women in society, but when it comes to the big issues of war, family, love, social class, and death, it is as contemporary as any book written today.


In fact, I stopped the film because I was enjoying it, and wanted to read the book first. I’m not a hopeful guy by any stretch of the imagination.

Here’s a short description by the publisher: There are no extraordinary heroes overcoming ssaroyan obstacles, only ordinary people overcoming the obstacles that affect all of l, and doing it in a way that makes you believe in your fellow man. Homer is a 14 year old boy who takes a job as a telegram delivery boy. The story is told in an era when kids were allowed to be kids wandering the streets of the town together until all hours of night.

Refresh and try again. William Saroyan was an American – Armenian author.

E nemmeno provare nostalgia, come dice nella prefazione, penso, Anna De Palma, per un periodo che non ho mai vissuto. Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? The characters in the book are each fighting different battles, from the youngest of only four caught in a trap, losing a father, missing a brother and confused by the general state of the world around him, to an elderly telegrapher who cannot bear the consequences of war in his hometown Ithaca, San Joaquin Valley, California or for that matter the general state sarouan the world, war I felt lectured to.

Does the book stand the test of time?