Armenian Proverbs and Expressions
A Collection from the Early Detroit Armenian Community in Delray and Elsewhere
Published by: Michigan State University Press
Imprint: Michigan State University Press
Sales Date: 2019-05-01
Author Susan Kadian Gopigian began collecting Armenian proverbs many decades ago when she lived in Delray, Michigan. She collected hundreds of proverbs in the Armenian language, then transliterated them using the English alphabet and also translated them into English to make them accessible to all readers, whether they know Armenian or not. The author selected certain proverbs for inclusion because she heard them frequently or because they reflect the former Armenian way of life. That she was able to meet the challenges involved in collecting and editing Armenian proverbs can only be described as a true labor of love.
"Author Susan Gopigian's use of Armenian proverbs and folktales woven throughout her engaging family narrative will inspire readers to delve into their own family histories. Discovering one's unknown traditions, customs, and stories helps to ensure that family histories will be preserved. The Armenian oral tradition has been a meaningful part of my life and has provided me with a personal connection to a grandfather I never knew."
—Nancy Kezlarian Herrick, Educator, K–8 English
"Susan Gopigian's description of a corner in Southwest Detroit—Delray—between the two world wars is brimming with humor and wisdom. It is a precious record of the early-twentieth-century city and a compassionate account of the challenges that her Armenian community faced in assimilating to a new culture while preserving the traditions and memory of the Old World, one that had recently suffered unspeakable violence and tragedy."
—Elena Calvillo, Associate Professor, Art History, University of Richmond, Virginia
"Even for those not very familiar with Detroit, this is a colorful and fascinating tour of author Susan Gopigian's childhood neighborhood. I think people from almost any American city can relate. This will undoubtedly stir up many memories for people as they are nudged into looking back on their own experiences. Excellent!"
—Jane Ferguson Mooradian, Science Educator and Librarian
"This book tells the stories that must be told—of those who survived and their new life in Delray. It transports us to that place, to that time, and even to the porches where stories were told and perhaps thought to have been left. The memories remain, though, like those of a young girl resting on a porch listening to her first Genocide story. This book affirms that those porches spoke long after the people left."
—Mark Kadian, author of Anahid Played Soorp