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"These tiny stories, in which a wide variety of animals show us how human we really are, are completely uproarious.""-- Saturday Review of Literature""[Thurber] is not only a Landmark in American Humor...in the combination of his prose and pictures he is the funniest artist who ever lived and wrote it too."-- "The New Republic"

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Here are a score or more lessons-in-prose dedicated to conventional sinners and proving- what you will. The fables are imperishably illustrated, and are supplemented by Mr. Thurber's own pictorial interpretations of famous poems in a wonderful and joyous assemblage.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Rei Ill edition (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060909994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060909994
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By PC on June 21, 2004
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I first read Thurber, Fables for Our Time being my first encounter, about the time I learned to read. Fables sounded suitable for a 7 year old looking for something more than the Bobbsey Twins, so I plunged into a surreal world of misogyny, mayhem, morality and madness, and thoroughly loved it! Upon discovering our family library included some of Thurber's "children's books" (13 Clocks), I began to plumb the depths of one of the great humorists/cartoonists of the 20th century. In more than 50 years, I have not encountered one so readable, enjoyable and wildly, understatedly funny. Perhaps some of the pieces are dated, for who these days can even recognize such poems as Ben Bolt and Barbara Fretchie (?), or Young Lochinvar? That is a loss in today's education, so I charge Amazon customers: introduce your children to Thurber early, when their minds are not cluttered with pop culture and "required reading". Take the time to give them context for very old stories and poems, so they may enjoy them as we did. Let them look at a world that was, at least in one man's wit, and perhaps they won't be so overwhelmed when they begin to understand the world we have left to them.
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This little book is the perfect introduction to the writing of one of the 20th Century's greatest humorists. I was first introduced to it by my 8th grade English teacher in 1961. Loved it then and still do. I recommend all of Thurber's work to anyone who appreciates clever and intelligent writing. I hope it's available for you young-uns on the Kindle or iPad, though holding the paper object in your hands makes it better.
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...makes a man healthy, wealthy and dead."
Quoting one of the fables; I remember reading this book thirty years ago. It is superb. The pictures are excellent too. I can still recall the man leaping down into the lion's pit to get the lady's glove, also the pictures of birds (shrikes, I think). I'll buy this one right away, my daughter will love it.
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The "Fables" are certainly of lasting relevance, because they reflect human behavior which has hardly changed since these short pieces have been written. I particularly liked the story of the fly who landed on the flypaper because she was attracted by the large crowd of flies "gathering" there.
All the illustrations are marked by Thurbers unique style.The poems, however, may be slightly less resistant to temporal attrition..
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If you've ever read Thurbur, you know what to expect. This would be great for a 13-14 year old for summer reading or for after college. It's good enough to keep a younger teen interested for a couple of days and great for a little down-time from work.
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James Thurber is simply amazing both as a writer and graphic artist. His dry sense of humor is LOL, with philosophical content. His illustrations are whimsical, full of motion, and have the simplicity of Neanderthal cave paintings. An absolutely brilliant Man!
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Thurber's second collections of short fables with animal protagonists, which he illustrated with cartoons and used to express his views on a broad range of topics, notably including marriage and McCarthyism. The dark undertone in Thurber's writing is easier to hear than in some of his earlier writings, but it is still very funny.
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I've always enjoyed Thurber humor. Some of the fables are more entertaining than others. Light reading.
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