"It's poor little Johnny Merryweather, the hunchback."
This book is a classic? Some classic! Not to be confused by Balzac's considerably darker and more nuanced Human Comedy. The setting has similarities with Steinbeck's novels. Made into a film.
I liked this book. The story-telling is warm and human. Saroyan shows a tapestry of different ethnic backgrounds all linked by common humanity. He shows the futility of war without having to describe the actions of war, and with no necessity for heroes and villains. I liked that this is an authentic working class voice.
There were points where I was reminded of Steinbeck. There was a simplicity in the writing style. There was a fundamental choice to be made about how to live - not between good and evil this time, rather between despairing loneliness and an enjoyment of life.
Read after seeing Meg Ryan's directorial debut film "Ithaca," based on this book.
Better if you read My Name is Aram first.
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