Sunday, November 16, 2008

Boys and Girls Together by Willima Saroyan

Boys and Girls Together by William Saroyan is promoted on the jacket as a masterly comedy by this depression era author. He never matched his early success as his writing career (novels and plays) progressed through the post-war years. The same jacket refers most prominently to books written two decades earlier (Human Comedy and My Name is Aram). One can't help but feel that this novel is autobiographical.

The story is about the sad life of an older writer and his young wife. The writer is obsessed with drinking, gambling, his wife and children. He has not been able to write for many years. He has thoughts of Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment) and the importance of pain and suffering in the life of a writer.

Be warned that this is literary novel with much characterization and introspection and little action.

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