Anything Can Happen Author:George Papashvily, Helen Papashvily When George Papashvily immigrated to America from Russia after military service in Persia in World War I, he thought of it as a place where anything can happen-and in twenty years he has not changed his mind. Giorgi, whose wide-eyed innocence and uncertain grasp of the English language causes him no end of trouble during his first months in Amer... more »ica takes an upward turn when he falls in love with American girl named Helen Watson. A funny, touching, without being silly, account of arriving in America, and of George and Helen Pasashvily's colorful adventures in life.
The best-selling memoirs of life as an emigrant in the 20's also gives insight into the nature of the Georgian people. The book is told episodically, with moments of high comedy alternating with scenes of tender pathos. How he adjusts, fits, and sometimes misfits, is what drives this book and the reader to laugh after laugh: from buying a roll of American bills for $1 to show to the immigration inspector to get through Ellis Island, but was conned out of his fine karakul hat for a cheap cotton cap that he was told would make him look like an American; to the throw at bottles by our hero who succeeds in knocking the heads of all; to being inducted into the National Guard. This hilarious tale of a young Russian man tells his story of making good and becoming a good citizen in America before WWII, with hopes, misconceptions, fears, joys, and the experiences that any new immigrant will appreciate and later generations can use to gain both understanding and appreciation.