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The Beast in Me and Other Animals

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  104 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
These twenty-three humorous stories and essays and more than one hundred illustrations find James Thurber in absolutely top form. The book concludes with a sampling of articles Thurber wrote for the New Yorker’s “The Talk of the Town,” demonstrating his often overlooked skill as a reporter.
Paperback, 360 pages
Published October 24th 1973 by Mariner Books (first published 1948)
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russell barnes
Jan 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to russell by: my dad
Shelves: comedy, 20th-century
I started reading this when I was 15 or 16 and thought I was terribly clever; I wasn't and gave up.

Now I am terribly clever I've given Thurber's 30s-era humour another go, and weirdly it's better the second time round. Okay, so the two Henry James homages are still awfully dense, and half the celebrities he name drops have been dead for at least 60 years, but the rest of it is ace. His cartoons are the easy way in, but his regular feature pieces culled from the likes of The New Yorker are fasci
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Erin
Oct 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
This collection of Thurber shorts is funny in a coy, quiet sort of way. You can tell by his composition, his structure, that he really enjoyed writing, and words, and nerdy book-type-things. There's an energizing quality to it--an apparent passion. I'll even excuse him from his blatant sexism because, well, it was published in the 30s in Ohio, but mostly because his sexism and contempt for "the common housewife," as he calls her, clearly stems from his own masculine insecurities and ineptitude. ...more
bethanne
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
James Thurber is a great humorist and I have been wanting to read some of his books for quite sometime. I started with The Beast In Me and Other Animals and it's a great read. I'm bummed that this was the version I ended up getting from a swapping site because the book was falling apart and I was promised a different version of the book. But this was a quick read (since half of the book is illustration) and I enjoy the humor that Thurber uses to tell his stories. I'd definitely pick up more of T ...more
Nick
Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
It's amazing how timeless most of this collection of Thurber pieces is--a longish, five chapter essay on radio soap operas, despite referring to long gone serials, is quite interesting and informed by irony, and even a collection of "Talk of the Town" bits written by Thurber in the 1920s and 1930s stand on their own, although I had to google "Ely Culbertson" to really understand the two pieces about contract bridge games.
Kathy
Nov 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yanks, read-in-2015
Cocktail parties and trivia. The only piece of any interest in this book is a brief account of Gertrude Stein doing a book signing. Staggering to realise that this American writer had absolutely no comment to make about the political and economic situation in the late 1920s and 1930s.
Ethan
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fantastic collection of stories.
Mugwork
Jul 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves it dry
Anything thurber writes I love.
Christy
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
Because I am a Thurber completist, it was an extra pleasure to find out I hadn't already read all the good stuff!
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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