The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, and Other Stories
William Saroyan's debut collection of stories made a tremendous splash in the literary world, adding an author in love with his own madcap sincerity to a pantheon full of serious-minded modernists. Saroyan, who won (and then refused) the Pulitzer Prize for his play The Time of Your Life, always wrote about humanity, and always on a human scale. He was also one of the first American writers of this century to focus so much attention on immigrant communities. The protagonists sailing about The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze are often Armenian, Jewish, Chinese, Polish, African, or Irish; and all are treated with what The San Francisco Chronicle called "the old Saroyan luminousness, which is to say with an insight as fresh as that of an unusually perceptive child."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jeffome - LibraryThing
This was a complete mixed bag for me!! First of all, it is one more book off my list of those fascinating titles that i have always yearned to know what they meant - and it was less significant than i ... Read full review
this book is hella good.
short stories in a stream of consciousness type style by someone who seems like a decent dude.
Preface to the First Edition
Seventy Thousand Assyrians
Among the Lost
Love Death Sacrifice and So Forth
A Curved Line
Big Valley Vineyard
A Cold Day
The Big Tree Coming
Fight Your Own War