"everything is changed, for you. but it is still the same, too. the loneliness you feel has come to you because you are no longer a child. but the hole world has always been full of that loneliness. the loneliness does not come from the war. the war did not make it. it was the loneliness that made the war. it was the despair in all things for no longer having in them the grace of god. we´ll stay together. we´ll not change too much. (...) what did you have for supper?"
the human comedy (william saroyan, 1943) é o livro para adolescentes que adultos deveriam ler - ou reler - de vez em quando. filho de imigrantes armenos nascido na califórnia, o cara conseguiu fazer uma leitura da consolidação da idéia de américa como poucos americanos. disse coisas que, na boca de um filho de imigrantes, devem molestar tipos como hungtinton .
o livro é dedicado a saroyan pai, que não lia inglês: soon, i hope, someone will transale the story into armenian, so that it will be in print you know well. in translation the story may read better than it does in english, and, as you have done before, maybe you will want to read some of it to me, even though i wrote the stuff in the first place.