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My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber
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Jul 06, 2009

it was ok
Read in July, 2009

Am I missing something here? This seemed like a children's book, and maybe I am no longer young at heart, but not a good one either.

The stories were not funny at all and just throwaway anecdotes that might have been funny to the author's immediate family or maybe as part of a silent era slapstick movie, but as written words they were pointless and instantly forgettable.

I liked "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" so I was surprised by the one-dimensional self-centered voice of this "autobiography". Thurber says in the introduction that his stories, like his life, do not include highly dramatic situations, but plenty of quality fiction involves banality and is also humorous and meaningful. Besides, the stories DO attempt to create highly dramatic, exciting situations revolving around misunderstandings of people in his family or town, yet fail utterly to create drama, excitement or comedy.

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