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A novel of an American family in wartime.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 31st 1989 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1943)
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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
K.D. Absolutely
May 27, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  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
Sep 24, 2007 Lauren G rated it it was amazing
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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
Aug 08, 2010 Judith rated it it was amazing
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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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Human Comedy, William Saroyan
عنوان: کمدی انسانی، یا، پیک مرگ و زندگی؛ نویسنده: ویلیام سارویان (سارایان)؛ مترجم: سیمین دانشور؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، ابن سینا، کتابخانه دانش، انتشارات فرانکلین؛ 1333، در 320 ص، مصور، چاپ دیگر: تهران، خوارزمی، 1384؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م
داستان، زندگی یک خانواده ی فقیر امریکائی که با شرکت کردن تنها نان آور خانواده در جنگ، وضع زندگی آنها بدتر میشود. کمدی انسانی هم برای بچه ها و هم بزرگترها ست. انساندوستی و همدردی قابل تحسین است و نویسنده از زبا
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Özgür Daş
Yalın bir dille (saroyanesque) yazılmış duygu dolu, savaş karşıtı ''insan''ca bir roman İnsanlık Komedisi.

Kitabın en keyifli yerleri dört yaşındaki tatlılar tatlısı Ulysses'in başından geçenler ve diyaloglarıydı. Sırf Ulysses için bile tekrar tekrar okunabilir bu kitap:

"Homer, Santa Clara Caddesi'ndeki evde rüya görürken, küçük kardeşi Ulysses yatağının başına gelmiş onu dinliyordu. Karanlık evde yolunu bularak annesinin odasına gitti doğruca. Sarsarak uyandırdı onu. Annesi yatakta doğrulunca, e
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mariam yeghiazaryan
Jun 22, 2016 mariam yeghiazaryan rated it it was amazing
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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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Sandra
Dec 28, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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։
Jim
Jul 22, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing
For some reason, I had always avoided reading he work of William Saroyan, but for some reason I picked up a copy of The Human Comedy at the local library and read it. I was enchanted by the author's vision of a small agricultural town in which the local residents are, for the most part, decent human beings who are kind to one another.

At the center are the two Macauley boys, Homer and Ulysses (the name of the town is Ithaca), their family and friends. The father had died before the story begins,
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Robert Hobkirk
Feb 11, 2016 Robert Hobkirk rated it it was amazing
I had been meaning to read The Human Comedy for years and finally got around to it - glad I did. This was Saroyan's first novel written in 1943. William Saroyan dropped out of school in the 8th grade and worked as a telegram messenger. He used this experience for his main character's job and age. If this book were a painting it would be a Normal Rockwell. It set in a small California town in the Great Central Valley during WWII, with everyone living in a very godly manner. Hi characters are more ...more
Lisa
Mar 30, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
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 liked it  ·  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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Atticus06
Oct 19, 2012 Atticus06 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 30, 2013 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Moshtagh ghurdarvazi
من دشمنی انسانی نمیشناسم زیرا هیچ انسانی نمیتواند دشمن من باشد .دشمن،هر که هست،از هر نژاد و به هر رنگی که هست،اصول و عقایدش هر چقدر که خطاست،باز دوست من است نه دشمن من،.زیرا متفاوت از من نیست.جنگ من با او نیست بلکه با خاصیتی،با خویی که در اوست و من باید اول با چنان خویی اگر در خود من هم هست بجنگم.
Ivz Andonova
Nov 14, 2015 Ivz Andonova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Откриването ми на Уилям Сароян стана благодарение на разказът Литературна схватка на Рей Бредбъри в "Париж завинаги". В него съпругата, недоволна от това как се променя личността на съпруга ѝ с всяка нова книга (станал абсолютен мизерник и лайно докато чете "Малтийският сокол" на Дашиъл Хамет, например), решава да намери книгите, които е чел докато я е ухажвал. Точно преди да затворят книжарницата, тя успява да купи десет книги, които оставя в библиотеката до мъжа си и на сутринта той е човека, ...more
Tahereh
Dec 18, 2013 Tahereh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Петър Панчев
Nov 21, 2015 Петър Панчев rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Една много човешка книга от Сароян
Цялото ревю тук: http://knijenpetar.blogspot.bg/2015/1...

За войните е писано много, дори бих казал, че се пише основно за войни – от всякакъв вид и през различни очи. Може да се каже, че в нито един момент от човешката история не сме живели в абсолютен мир; конфликтите винаги са били и ще бъдат част от нас, от нашата същност. Войната на Уилям Сароян е Втората световна война, но „Човешка комедия“ („Бард“, 2015, с превод от 1959 година на Никола Милев) може да бъ
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Mary Ronan Drew
Feb 27, 2011 Mary Ronan Drew rated it it was ok
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
Dec 31, 2012 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Temz
Jul 25, 2015 Temz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Макар „Човешка комедия“ да ми се стори твърде идеализирано четиво и да не се класира като номер едно в любимите ми антивоенни романи, със своето послание и дълбок психологизъм повестта със сигурност оставя траен отпечатък в съзнанието. Защото описва свят, който дори изправен пред трудности, се стреми да надскочи ...http://knijno.blogspot.com/2015/07/bl...
Nellie Airoldi
Dec 30, 2015 Nellie Airoldi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
È da quando ho terminato il primo capitolo de La commedia umana di William Saroyan che non riesco a levarmi dalla testa Wes Anderson. È come se nella mia testa si fosse instillata l’assoluta certezza che il regista americano lesse questo libro durante l’infanzia o l’adolescenza e che inconsapevolmente ne abbia colto le sfumature più ironiche, più dolci e più malinconiche per poi amalgamarle e trasformale negli ingredienti più speciali delle sue pellicole.

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doug bowman
May 20, 2012 doug bowman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2009 Valory rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 11, 2010 Andrea rated it it was ok
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
Dec 15, 2014 Chrystal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Thais
Apr 15, 2013 Thais rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Si è meritato l'ingresso nel mio blog:
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Josh Caporale
Sep 07, 2016 Josh Caporale rated it it was amazing
I first came across William Saroyan's written work when I was in seventh grade, where a complete section in our book consisted of Saroyan's shorter works. The first work, and the one that stayed with me the most, was a short work known as "The Telegram," that was a poignant account where a telegraph messenger named Homer had to deliver the news to a mother that her son was killed in combat. I am sure that I was aware that this story was part of a larger work and years later, I decided to look fo ...more
Shushane Yesayan
Mar 08, 2014 Shushane Yesayan rated it it was amazing
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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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.
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