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کمدی انسانی

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  2,566 ratings  ·  230 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published 1979 by خوارزمی (first published 1943)
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K.D. Absolutely
May 27, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books (Children's)
The place is Ithaca, a fictional small town in California's San Joaquin Valley. The year is 1943 and World War II is on-going. The Macauley family, just like any other families, is taking the brunt of war: the father is dead, the eldest son Marcus is in the war front, the mother is working in a factory, the daughter has left the school and is looking for work, the 14-y/o Homer has taken the job as a telegraph messenger to help support the family including his younger brother, the 4-y/o Ulysses.

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Lauren G
i have just reread this beautiful little masterpiece and fell in love with saroyan and this book all over again. i am now going to pick up his short stories and marvel at those. i say, do this now. you can read it in a weekend. short, sweet, tidy, and beautiful, it is a lovely novel which touches the heart and soul without being sappy, overly sentimental or unrealistic. it takes place in the fictional 'ithaca' which, if you note by the mention of Roeding Park or Gottschalks, is actually Fresno, ...more
Judith
I have always loved the work of William Saroyan. I taught him in the past. His work is so spare--there is just the bare bones of the story; no padding.

Human dignity and sense of self within a community are key issues in this disarmingly simple narrative.Watch for the three-pronged revelation of human insight seen through the eyes of the child, Ulysses; the teen Homer; and the adult, Marcus. The widowed mother provides a stability upon which all these offspring rely. Essentially, she is a life so
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Sandra
Un romanzo che dà speranza, che diffonde ottimismo. Fa bene al cuore leggerlo, commuoversi, sorridere e piangere con i protagonisti del piccolo (di pagine) ma grande (di umanità) romanzo di Saroyan. Ad Ithaca, California, ci sono belle persone, famiglie che affrontano con il sorriso sulle labbra le difficoltà economiche dovute alla guerra mondiale che, nel 1942, è in pieno svolgimento; c’è il signor Spangler, direttore dell’ufficio postale, che con poche buone parole blocca il ladruncolo deciso ...more
Oscar
Leyendo este libro he sentido simple y pura felicidad. Hacía mucho tiempo que no tenía este sentimiento leyendo un libro. Mientras lo leía me parecía estar dentro de una de esas viejas películas de Frank Capra. Hay que tener en cuenta que 'La comedia humana' es una novela escrita a principios de los 40, en plena Guerra Mundial, y eso se nota. Lo que me ha recordado a Capra han sido los personajes, su manera de pensar y de sentir, su bondad. Y es que esta novela me ha hecho reconciliarme con el g ...more
Մարիամ Եղիազարյան
Գրականության շուրջ տարբեր տեսակի և տարբեր մարդկանց հետ զրույցների ժամանակ, նկատել էի, որ մի քանիսը վստահությամբ նշում էին, որ իմ սիրած գրողը հաստատ Սարոյանը պիտի լինի, սիրած գիրքս էլ հենց էս մեկը: Ընկերս` Մարկուսը, ով հույս ունեմ հեռու կլինի բոլոր տեսակի պատերազմներից, միշտ ասում էր. « էնքան դու ես, էնքան քոնն ա»: Ու քանի որ ամենը, հիմնականում, սա կարդում են դպրոցական տարիներին, զարմանում էին, որ չեմ կարդացել:
Հիմա հասկանում եմ, որ հրաշալի է, որ ոչ ուսուցչի, ոչ դասախոսի ոչ էլ ինչ որ մեկի խորհրդով
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Marat M. Yavrumyan
Բարի, բարի Սարոյան... Սարոյանը վարպետ է նկարագրությունների՝ առաջին հերթին՝ բարության։ Օգնո՞ւմ է դա ապրել։ Չգիտեմ, երևի օգնել է իրեն։ Հիմա պիտի կարդալ, ու հետո, ու հետո, ավելի շուտ՝ օգուտ չի տա, չնայած աղջիկս տեսնեմ ինչ տպավորություններով կվերջացնի գիրքը ։) Էլեկտրոնայինը, էլի Յավրուհրատից ու թող ներվի Սարոյանի կողմից։
Lisa
It's more of a series of moments in the lives of the people of Ithaca, California. It didn't really have a plot but it was quite intriguing, warming and heartbreaking at times. The story revolves around the Macauley family, Homer is fourteen and works at the telegraph office during World War 2. It is heartbreaking when he has to deliver the messages to families that their son has died at war. Marcus the older brother has gone to war. He had been the man of the family since the father had died. B ...more
Alicia
Dec 12, 2008 Alicia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alicia by: my dad
I found my grandmother's 1943 edition of this book on my dad's bookshelf. I enjoyed the story of a California family during World War 2: the dad has passed away, the older brother is fighting in the war, the teenage brother delivers telegraph messages such as messages telling mothers that their sons have been killed in the war, and the 4-year-old brother runs all over town unsupervised and observing lots of interesting things.

There are lots of words of wisdom in this book (or, as Madi would roll
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Wolfpabiru
All'inizio lo trovavo un po' stucchevole. E a me lo stucchevole non dispiace. C'è un po' di Frank Capra qui.
C'è da dire che l'ho letto in uno stato psichico particolare.
Non era certo il momento adatto, personalmente, per una storia così, anche se proseguendo la lettura ho iniziato ad entrare in sintonia con i personaggi e quell'ingenuità di cui parlava qualcuno è forse voluta, per esorcizzare quei momenti, come accennato anche nella prefazione:

Nella Commedia umana quindi l’autore non si propone
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R.
As is often the case with reading, one book plants a big fat Wile E Coyote roadsign arrow as to where you should turn next - and my arrival at The Human Comedy began (in part) thanks to a short story ("Literary Encounter") in Bradbury's We'll Always Have Paris. In the Bradbury tale, a wife, displeased with how her husband's personality changes with each new book he reads (he becomes quite an ass, a tough guy, during The Maltese Falcon, for example) decides to buy for him the books he was reading ...more
Mary Ronan Drew
This is not a book I would have kept reading beyond Nancy Pearl's Rule of 50 but it's for the Heart of Spirituality book group at the library, so I slogged through it. The problem is the book is terribly dated, and not in a good way.

Saroyan was originally writing a movie script with the title, The Human Comedy, and based on Saroyan's youth in Fresno, but he had a disagreement with the studio and although they went on to produce a movie, he took the title and the idea and created this book, inten
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Craig
What a great and touching read. A slice of Americana during the 1940s. I highly recommend this book for older children and teenagers (ages 10 -16). Families should read this book together. The story-line has no plot but is a series of vignettes in the lives of the Macauley family: a widowed mother (truly the heart and soul of the family - the children key off of her stability), older brother Marcus (serving as an American soldier in WWII), middle brother Homer (a 14 year-old who is discovering l ...more
Soupcan
The Human Comedy

This is one of the view books I've ever been forced to read in English Class that, though at the time I hated it, stuck in my head.

It seemed to have a very simple and cheery message, with actual trouble in it. The problem was that all evil was characterized as result of corporate goverement. Oh, and the gym teacher. He was a hard bastard. I was kinda hoping he'd get owned later on, but Homer tieing Hubert after the race was as good as it was going to get. Which is fine, because I
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doug bowman
I read this in high school, back in the Seventies, and it had such a profound impact. I read it every three or four year

While the story develops through deceptively simple. vignettes, Saroyan writes poignantly about war, family,love, social class, and death. The characters are richly drawn, through their thoughts and interactions. Scenes and images are so touching and vividly that they remain long after you finish the book.

Just a bit of literary linking: I definitely see traces of Saroyan's sty
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Valory
I read this book when I was about 9 years old; I didn't know anything about it, but picked it up in my elementary school library. It made a deep impression on me. I think that I was aware, on some level, that this was true literature, something that I would have more experience with as I grew older. I have not re-read it since that time, but I think I will soon.
Andrea
I'm sure I would have appreciate this book more in a scholastic setting where someone else took the time to lead an analysis of it. I appreciate what the author was going for, I know it's a classic, but I found myself skimming sections. I felt lectured to. Maybe I will pick it up again when I am in a more philosophical frame of mind...
Chrystal
I read this book 30 years ago and it made absolutely no impression on me whatsoever, so I thought I should read it again, in case I missed something. It still makes no impression on me today, other than being very preachy and brimming with naive sentimentality. I hope I remember not to read it again 30 years from now.
Tahereh
من می دانم که دشمن مردم نیستند.زیرا اگر مردم می توانستنددشمن باشند پس من هم دشمن خود بودم.مردم دنیا همه مثل یک فرد واحدند.اگر از همدیگر نفرت داشته باشندوبه خودشان نفرت ورزیده اند.بشر نمی تواند از دیگران نفرت داشته باشد.در این صورت خودش را هم منفور داشته است.
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Shushane Yesayan
When my dad saw that i was looking for a book t o read, immediately recommended this book to me. He had always been a fan of William Saroyan, so he really wanted me to read one of his books. The plot is about the experiences Homer Macauley and his siblings Ulysses, Bess, and Marcus. Homer is a teenage boy who got a job as a telegraph messenger. As he delivers the telegraphs, he encounters pretty weighty subjects that he is perhaps too young for. As he is taking on all these adult responsibilitie ...more
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Amir Mojiry
از بهترین کتاب هایی که خوانده ام همین کتاب است که کشف یکهویی من بود در نوروز 1384. وقتی که دنبال «کیمیاگر» پائولو کوئلیو می گشتم و اتفاقی این کتاب را در یک دست دوم فروشی دیدم و با قیمت بالا خریدم و بعد بی پول شدم و دیگر نتوانستم کتاب کوئلیو را بخرم و بعدش خوشحال شدم از این اتفاق خوب!
آن زمان (در شانزده سالگی) به وضوح مذهبی تر از الانم بودم. و همین است که پاورقی های مذهبی نوشته ام بر کتاب:
در صفحه ی 75، پاورقی «در یک کشور دموکراسی هر فردی با فرد دیگر برابر است» را نوشته ام: «همه ی موجودات سنگین و س
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عفاف الشاذلي
يحكي وليام سارويان قصة حياة أسرة أميريكية فقيرة في زمن الحرب متعمقا في نفسيات أفرادها
في جو مليء بالإنسانية والجمال
هومير ماكولي ساعي البريد والطالب بمدرسة إيتاكا العليا الذي يتألم لآلام الإنسانية جميعا كأنها آلامه
ووالدته التي تخفي حزنها دائما وتوزع البهجة على أبنائها
المعلمة هيكس وفلسفتها الجميلة
هبرت آكلي الثالث وموقفه النبيل مع هومير
السيد آرا وطفله الباحث عن السعادة والذي يمثل غالبية البشر .. يطلب شيئا يظن أن به سيحقق السعادة ثم ما يلبث أن يزهده مكتشفا أن هذا ليس ما أراده
والعجوز هندرسون الذي يحب
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Sophia
My father gave this to me in high school, and I reread it often enough that it made it onto my very small bookshelf in college, but funnily enough, he mentioned it the other day and I realized I'd forgotten all about it. This time around, I could see how it balanced between Salinger and Steinbeck, with a sweet simplicity all its own. It's the briefly-told (192 pages in my edition) story of a family in a central California town during WWII, as seen through the eyes of two brothers, one a newly-hi ...more
R. Anil
This beautiful book lifted me up to a realm beyond the misery of ordinary life. It brings forth the essential goodness in human nature and views life's sorrows and hardships with empathy as well as equanimity. I believe that the purpose of great writing is to help us experience something higher and I go back to this book periodically to remind myself of the greater possibilities of being alive.
Maggie
long long ago i decided i wanted to read this book. finally i have done so. i am NOT disappointed. a well-formed story of endearing characters. a window on another age. and a worthy companion volume to COMPARE where we are now, as in life in america, and what it was more likely to be like in 1943 when the book was published. imo, we've grown up in the wrong direction. our loss. respect for others are at an all time low, in my opinion. and the one thing i saw in this book was a respect for others ...more
Susan
This is a beautiful book. It's about a working family during World War II. The father has passed away. The eldest son is in the army and the next eldest son at fourteen takes on much of the responsibility for his family and makes real sacrifices to do it. It's very poignant because the sense of the book is both anti-war and committed to fighting oppression and allows that confusion simple clear expression. I found it deeply moving and illuminating about life in 1940's United States, at war with ...more
Samira
الحب من النظرة الأولى .. وقد وقعت في النفس تلك الرواية من الكلمات الأول التي التقطتها وبت جزءا منها تتحدث عنك وترسمك بكل بساطة دون تكلف .. تلامس اعماق الانسان الذي فيك بلغة سلسلة لكنها تحمل ثقلا لا تجود به سوى الطبيعة .. شكرا لان المتعة الانسانية باتت شحيحة جدا وقد استمتعت بحديث الكاتب معي دون الحاجة للقائه .. حديث وجد وتأمل ورؤية

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هومير بعمله كساعي بريد يسلم برقية لأم بفقدان ولدها في الحرب ..وهو ينقل احساسه بالحدث لوالدته ....
"أحسست فجأة أنني وحيد، وأن هذه الوحدة لم أستشعره
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Dan Gobble
Meg Ryan's reading of this book was great for someone reading a children's book. I ran across the Audio CD's at Library and had never read this as a youth, so I decided to check it out. It has some really interesting thoughts on what it means to be an American from an immigrant's perspective. The author also probes the idea that we are connected to all parts of creation. It seems like a good book for creating conversations with youth, which in turn may help us all think deeper about these import ...more
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William Saroyan was an American - Armenian author. The setting of many of his stories and plays was Fresno, California (sometimes under a fictional name), the center of Armenian-American life in California and where he grew up.
Saroyan was born in Fresno, California to Armenian immigrants from Bitlis, Turkey. At the age of three, after his father's death, Saroyan was placed in the orphanage in Oakl
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