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My Life and Hard Times (Perennial Classics) Paperback – October 6, 1999
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I was lucky enough to discover James Thurber while in the 8th grade, after flipping ahead in my English book and reading "The Car We Had To Push." A year later, I stumbled across copies of this book and "The Thurber Carnival" (an anthology of all his books) at a Harper Collins discount book sale. I consider this book to be the greatest deal of my life, since I purchased it for fifty cents and now feel that I would have done the same if it had been fifty dollars instead.
My Life and Hard Times is only a quarter of an inch thick, disguising the awesome amount of humor it contains. When I packed for college, this was the first book to accompany me on my journey, and I still reread it once or twice a month. The stories can be enjoyed on their own, but when combined into a biography such as this, the realization that Thurber can take the most ordinary-seeming events in life and turn them into a riot of laughter. It almost makes *me* wish for a family as interesting as he makes his own out to be. The stories provide a good dose of nostalgia for those who remember life in the early twentieth century, but for the rest of us, it's a treat to hear the stories through the eyes of someone who lived through it.
I'll stop gushing about how much I absolutely adore this title and leave you with the best advice I can give: BUY THIS BOOK, and treasure it.
Thurber goes on to explain how his grandmother felt that electricity leaked if not plugged up, a preoccupation that kept her busy filling in every gap in every lamp or outlet in the house.
All the chapters are pretty much entitled with the name of some highlight of Thurber's Ohio youth: "The Day the Dam Broke" and "The Night the Ghost Got In" and that sort of thing. What the chapters all have in common is that Thurber is a brilliant storyteller who manages to make the most plebian, everyday happenings matters of sparkling humor.
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Another classic: I've read this book at least 10 times over my lifetime. It's enormously funny and wears well: my mother, my sons and I have all laughed and appreciated this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my favorite books. Come to think of it, it is my favorite. There's nothing deep or philosophical here. No axes are ground, no demons exorcised. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Great Uncle
If you haven't read this, why not? Do! Your life will be so much better.Published 10 months ago by DortPark
James Thurber holds a warm place in my heart. I read "The Night the Bed Fell" in 8th grade english and thought it was hilarious! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a gift for my nephew who had never read Thurber before. He loved it and I got to share a perennial favorite with him.Published 12 months ago by Patti Lee-Crawford