My name is Aram

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Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1940 - Fiction - 10 pages
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Sketches concerning Aram, an American-born Armenian boy and his mad cousin, his sad uncle, his reckless uncle, etc. Although some of the stories were published separately, the reappearance of the same characters throughout give the book the unity of a novel.

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User Review  - Bob Finch - Goodreads

Charming, compelling and thoughtful. Read full review

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User Review  - Roxanna - Goodreads

This book was outstanding. Even though it was billed as a "young adult" book, it truly has a fluidity and an undercarriage that most adults will find engaging enough to enjoy. There are subtle nuances in the book that make it an easy, ideal "in-between" read for anyone. Read full review

Contents

The Journey to Hanford
21
The Pomegranate Trees
37
A Nice OldFashioned Romance
81
Copyright

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About the author (1940)

An Armenian American with little formal education, Saroyan was a dramatist who disparaged the usual conventions of the form: "Plot, atmosphere, style, and all the rest of it," he wrote, "may be regarded as so much nonsense" (Three Times Three). His plays have been criticized as formless and his writing as undisciplined; yet his work is imbued with fondness for the human race and contains an infectious enthusiasm for society's misfits and innocents. Saroyan's dramatic career was launched with My Heart's in the Highlands (1939), a fantasy. The following year, The Time of Your Life (1939) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize---which Saroyan publicly refused on the grounds that commerce had no right to patronize art. This play, undoubtedly Saroyan's one enduring piece, takes place in a waterfront saloon where vivid characters wander in and out to come into contact with the philosophical Joe, a man of unending generosity.

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