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Fresno Stories

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  117 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Selected from New Directions' collections of Saroyan's early stories (The Man With the Heart In the Highlands) and his later work (Madness In the Family), Fresno Stories spans his whole remarkable career.
Paperback, 90 pages
Published November 17th 1994 by New Directions
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The Armenian Steinbeck? (Or Steinbeck the American Saroyan?) After these little stories, I’d be willing to put them alongside each other.

Saroyan's stories are highly economical, and startlingly effective in their sparseness. One of my favorite writers.
Growing up in Fresno, I always knew that Saroyan was one of our (few) claims to fame, but I can't actually recall ever having read any of his work. I really liked these stories about Fresno in the early twentieth century, the style is simple and genuine, and the characters recognizable if a little dated. I suppose the Fresno connection bumped up my rating a little, but this book is so short (90 pages), everyone can find a little something to like in it without making a major commitment.
Hrant Varozian
Great book. I love how we see Saroyan's progression from his earlier stories to his later writings. His style gets better yet his characters still retain the moral character and ethic that draws me in so much.

I especially love the story about the Madmen in his family and how they don't become men in the family until they've gone crazy at least once. His Biblical influences really come out in that story especially.
Picked this up in California, had no idea it even existed. The Human Comedy is one of my favorite novels ever, and Saroyan's clear, uncluttered style, unafraid of sentimentality, is central to my appreciation of literature.
Like "My Name is Aram," I think I'm missing something, and it probably has to do with the Armenian culture. In any case, a few interesting stories. I particularly liked, "The Leapfrog Contest."
Paul Secor
Another book that deserves more than three stars but not quite four - so 3 1/2.
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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...more
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