My Life and Hard Times
Widely hailed as one of the finest humorist of the twentieth century, James Thurber looks back at his own life growing up in Columbus, Ohio, with the same humor and sharp wit that defined his famous sketches and writings. In My Life and Hard times, first published in 1933, he recounts the... show more
Widely hailed as one of the finest humorist of the twentieth century, James Thurber looks back at his own life growing up in Columbus, Ohio, with the same humor and sharp wit that defined his famous sketches and writings. In My Life and Hard times, first published in 1933, he recounts the delightful chaos and frustrations of family, boyhood, youth odd dogs, recalcitrant machinery, and the foibles of human nature.
Publish date: 06-10-1999
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Pages no: 106
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Biography Memoir
Deducted 1/2 star for being too short. Otherwise an excellent example of midcentury, midwestern humor excellently written. This slim volumes reads as a collection of short essays about the early part of Thurber's life and his eccentric family. I won't go so far as to say they are laugh-out-loud ...
A humourous book, but only mildly so. I expected much more from the author of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. However, these quirky reminiscences are enjoyable, if only for Thurber's inimitable style.Aristotle said: "The world is a tragedy to those who feel, and a comedy to those who think." See...
This book is a collection of short stories. I am not sure why I don't like short stories, but I have never been able to get used to them and tend to get frustrated at the end. There were some really great humorous stories in the book though.
Before starting: I need something light, and I love memoirs, so this should be perfect.And it was! A very short memoir that says it all. Some writers don't have to talk and talk and talk, just a few short episodes, all humorous, tell about the essential elements of James Thurber's boyhood growing u...
This is actually the first thing I've read by Thurber. Well, the first complete piece. I discovered halfway through that I had read a bit of this book as it was included in Eliot Aaronson's The Social Animal (excellent book). It's the bit from the "flood," where everybody starts running away from a ...