The Human Comedy Author:William Saroyan Ithaca, California - East, West - Home is Best - Welcome Stranger. — William Saroyan thus introduces his readers to his warm and captivating story of an American family in wartime, and in particular to Homer Macauley, the fastest telegraph messenger in the San Joaquin valley. THE HUMAN COMEDY is filled with unforgettable scenes: Homer running the... more » 220 hurdles, little Ulysses imprisoned in the bear trap in Covington's Store, the old time telegraph operator Willie Grogan, with a bottle in the drawer to blur the sharp reality of the everflowing messages of love and hope and pain. In every way, this first novel captures the modesty of ordinary human beings. It is a simple tale and a very great achievement.« less
My adult cousin gave me this book when I was about ten. We had not spent much time together, but she apparently had me figured out. I found the book spellbinding, although it was hard to say why. I recently reread it, and still appreciate its simplistic realism. Saroyan tells us of everyday dreams and anguish and triumph and tragedy, without an ounce of extremism or melodrama. "The Human Comedy" is perfectly real, and utterly memorable, as well as being a very well-written book.