Human Comedy, The

William Saroyan
The place is Ithaca, in California's San Joaquin Valley. The time is World War II. The family is the Macauley's—a mother, sister, and three brothers whose struggles and dreams reflect those of America's second-generation immigrants…In particular, fourteen-year-old Homer, determined to become one of the fastest telegraph messengers in the West, finds himself caught between reality and illusion as delivering his messages of wartime death, love, and money brings him face-to-face with human emotion at its most naked and raw. Gentle, poignant and richly autobiographical, this delightful novel shows us the boy becoming the man in a world that even in the midst of war, appears sweeter, safer and more livable than out own.


Reviewed: 2019-11-21
A beautiful little book that I'm tempted to call The Great American Novel; it has nothing to do with life as most Americans have lived it, of course, but it encapsulates really honestly and yet with subtle sentimentalism a particular small-town slice of life that is often considered the "real" American life. Also, it's not a novel, so I guess that's it for this review.
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