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My World and Welcome to It

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The world of Thurber is splendidly sampled in these thirty stories, sketches, and articles that range from the wildest comedy to the serious business of murder. Animal courtship, maids, Macbeth, baseball, sailing, marriage-all fall within Thurber’s scope. Drawings by the Author.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published March 19th 1969 by Mariner Books (first published 1942)
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A series of thoughtful and often slightly off-kilter vignettes. My favorite:

Interview with a Lemming

The weary scientist, tramping through the mountains of northern Europe in the winter weather dropped his knapsack and prepared to sit on a rock.

"Careful, brother," said a voice.

"Sorry," murmured the scientist, noting with some surprise that a lemming which he had been about to sit on had addressed him. "It is a source of considerable astonishment to me," said the scientist, sitting down beside the
Some of the tone and language will offend 21st century sensibilities and will underscore progress we have made and progress we have not made over the past 70 some years, but in each instance I think Thurber (sometimes subtly) contributes to that progress by announcing precisely how absurd any of us should seem to the other of us on the face of things.

A side from the sometimes disturbing experience of being removed from one's own time in a non-romantic fashion into the near and difficult past, ri
Thoughtful, yet sometimes slow. Loved a few of the vignettes, slugged through a few. A lot of jumbled detail in the more political stories that I had trouble following, but loved the more plebeian stories about married life and English class.
My all time favorite Thurber. The stories of Olympy and learning to drive, as well as the foray into French phrase books, never pale for me.
This work was published decades before I was born.
As such, it is a point-in-time reference to our culture.
But, story after story did not resonate with me.
Sadly, I put it down.
Excellent depictions of visual imagery in text form.
Ellen Little
I remember loving Thurber when I was younger, but a lot of the humor was too tied to the time in which it was written & didn't hold up well. :(
If you haven't read Thurber, go do it. He is amazing. Far and away, one of the most brilliant literary minds. His short stories are treasures and feel, to me, like burst of liquid sunlight. They are warm and vibrant and speak to you so simply, so honestly, and so filled with wit and humor.
short stories, essays, reflections... some funny, some scary, always reflective... definitey has a thing against women though.... what's really strange is that although written in 1935 these stories/morals/opinions are still with us today - ahead of his time and definitely a good writer.
The Macbeth Murder Mystery is one of my favorites.
Glenna Barlow
from the mind that brought you walter mitter.. a delightful collection of witty little stories. if you enjoy clever writing and pop culture references that all date back to at least 60 years ago (which i do!) you'll probably like this one.
If you haven't read Thurber, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Another reviewer dinged it for being dated, but for me that is part of its charm. Wonderful short stories and essays with style and wit. Simply delightful.
I need to read more Thurber--he's hilarious! His writing is definitely not P.C., but I supposed that's a major part of the charm. This book is a collection of some of his best New Yorker writing.
Thurber amuses me, in a quiet sort of way. Not doing-a-spit-take-with-my-own-spit sort of way. Just a little upturning on the lips on one side of the mouth.
Mary Tuley
Aug 20, 2007 Mary Tuley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody.
Thurber's brilliant at being Thurber. I always want him to come out on top, and of course he never truly does. He's my favorite example of "hapless."
Nice collection of little stories; bigger than vignettes but not by much. Entertaining but not spellbinding. Humorous.
just re-read. still entertaining. fits my sense of humor. may be dull to others. but i totally "get" thurber.
I adore Thurber. Thoroughly enjoyable, always funny, always so right on the money with character development.
I liked it the first time I read it as a child. It did not hold up to a re-read, however. It's a bit dated.
Thom Spencer
Thurber's insights into life are outrageous.
Rick Segers
It's James Thurber...what more do I need to say?
A highly enjoyable classic.
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Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio to Charles L. Thurber and Mary Agnes (Mame) Fisher Thurber. Both of his parents greatly influenced his work. His father, a sporadically employed clerk and minor politician who dreamed of being a lawyer or an actor, is said to have been the inspiration for the small, timid protagonist typical of many of his stories. Thurber described his mother as a "born comedien ...more
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