Picks and Pans Review: Obituaries

updated 07/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by William Saroyan

The sentences run on and on as Saroyan meditates on people who died during 1976 (plus many others living and dead). For example: "After Arnold Gingrich comes Harry Gittleson, somebody I don't know, although sitting on a train drawing out of Union Station (or whatever its name is) in Los Angeles on my way to New York sometime in 1952 or 1953 or 1954 I saw Harry Carey the famous silent film actor, especially in Westerns, standing with a small group after having put somebody on the train, and as the window at which I sat slowly approached the actor he looked back..." This memoir is the work of a lovable eccentric: arbitrary, boring, yet—in places—tender and quite beautiful. (Creative Arts, $7.95 paper, $15 cloth)

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