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Madness in the Family: Stories

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A collection of short stories that were originally published in the 1960s and 1970s in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's.
Paperback, 141 pages
Published May 17th 1990 by New Directions (first published 1988)
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Oct 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Despite the title of the collection, the family depicted in this collection of short stories doesn't seem all that insane to me (at least in comparison to the insanity I know). The most "insane" tendency within the family is to be "stupid" when it comes to marriage.

All of the stories are very short--some not even two pages--and so it was a quick, enjoyable read. There were some aspects that I couldn't relate to very well because they seemed unique to the Armenian community or to the family in q
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I like this book for Saroyan's sympathy toward children and the child's imagination. Something like in the tradition of Dahl's "Katina" and Salinger's "For Esme--with Love and Squalor" but in a less tragic and more domestic setting. In fact, as the title suggests, all the stories center around domestic issues, either when Saroyan was a boy in an Armenian community in California, or as a father with children in France.

As a writer (and as a person), William Saroyan is positively, beautifully heedl
un volum foarte bun de proză scurtă. mai toate povestirile, ironice, melancolice, cu aer de legendă au legătură cu armenii dintr-un mic orășel american. peripeții, divorțuri, certuri, filosofii de bătrânețe - micile întâmplări ale străinilor veniți în state pentru o lume nouă. comunitatea armenilor seamănă cu cea a unor evrei, închisă și misterioasă, însă e mai degajată, înțelept-amuzantă și deseori autoironică. e o lume a nebunilor, așa cum spune și autorul :)
Favorite story - Gaston
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I was struck by William Saroyan's wit and compassion. Some stories were very nice.
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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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“She cried a little, but only inside, because long ago she had decided she didn't like crying because if you ever started to cry it seemed as if there was so much to cry about you almost couldn't stop, and she didn't like that at all.” 61 likes
“What do you mean, what's the matter with him? Nothing's the matter with him, everything's the matter with him, the same as it is with everybody else. He's just fine. He gets overwhelmed now and then, and he doesn't know how to say what he feels or means, so he cries and runs off a little, trying to find out where to go, for God's sake. Where can you go?” 30 likes
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