The Human Comedy

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By William Saroyan
Publisher Harcourt
The Human Comedy
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From the dust jacket: The Human Comedy, Saroyans first novel, is the story of an American family in wartime, and in particular of Homer Macauley, the fastest messenger in San Joaquin valley. With all the qualities of warmth, cheer, and humanity which have endeared Saroyan to his reading public, The Human Comedy abounds in unforgettable scenes. Homer running the TwoTwenty hurdles; little Ulysses imprisoned in the bear trap in Covingtons store; oldtime telegraph operator Willie Grogan, with a bottle in the desk drawer to fuzz the sharp reality of the everflowing messages of love and hope and pain and death; Spangler, with a love for the whole world and every living thing; Homers older brother Marcus singing, as the troop train in which he sits hurtles away from home.Saroyan has done many things, but he has here done something which even his oldest friends scarcely dared to predict a wartime novel of the home front which succeeds in capturing, and which nowhere oversteps, the modesty of ordinary human beings. It is a very simple novel. It is a very great achievement.

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47924 words47,924 words
246 pages246 pages
Lexile 760LLexile 760L
Grade 10 to 99Grade 10 to 99
Published 1943Published 1943

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