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Gathered in The Man with the Heart in the Highlands are sixteen stories from William Saroyan's most celebrated literary period, culled from several long out-of-print collections from the 1930s and '40s. While achieving meteoric success with The Human Comedy and The Time of Your Life, the young Saroyan set the pace with characters as fresh and compassionate as himself. His ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 1968)
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Ralph
Jul 05, 2013 Ralph rated it really liked it
(This is the fourth book read as part of the 2013 Dust Off Your Classic Reading Challenge)

William Saroyan is not as well known today as he once was, or even as much as he deserves to be. He could have been a great writer, but he was distracted by political activism; he could have been a great political activist and social reformer, but he was distracted by writing. He had the unique voice of the immigrant coming into the American Dream from the underside, as well as a keen eye for human folly, b
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Matthew
Jan 28, 2009 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had fun reading these little stories. Most of them are very simple and humorous, and all of the characters are Italians, Greeks, Armenians, Irish, Germans - immigrant, working class people in the twenties and thirties. These stories aren't about a grueling life and struggles, they're about interesting little events in life, and quite funny.

A lot of the stories are composed of mostly dialogue, and they are experimental, in that they read like a clever man telling a humorous tale over dinner. Yo
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Monte
Oct 10, 2011 Monte rated it it was amazing
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Surprisingly good stories by an author I had not heard of before. This was a random pick at the local library and the first page caught my attention (which is almost required for me to read the book period). I enjoyed all the stories including Secrets in Alexandria and My Friends the Mice. I recommend to anyone who likes less talk and more 'thoughts' as a reading. There are words of humor, sarcasm, honesty, loneliness, excitement, and compassion. Most stories truly earned a 5/5 rating.
Linda
Jul 23, 2008 Linda rated it did not like it
After reading My Name Is Aram, I expected to see the same humor, charm, and sweetness in these short stories from supposedly one of Saroyan's best periods of writing. Instead, I found most of them to be heavier, more cynical and despairing. Not my cuppa tea overall, but I did like 3 of the stories.
Mitsuyasu
May 17, 2011 Mitsuyasu rated it really liked it
It's always the William Saroyan I know. I bought this copy at an exorbitant price. Maybe those were the days when Mr. Kosak always sold his grocery on credit to the boy whose father was penniless. People were wonderful!
Allan
Jan 02, 2008 Allan rated it liked it
Early short stories from Saroyan - hit or miss, but when they hit they're as good as anything from A Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze.
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Aug 02, 2010 Alan added it
In English language,Inglise keeles,fiction,short stories,american fiction,american humour
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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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