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The Thurber Carnival by James Thurber
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Aug 25, 2011

it was ok
Read from August 25 to September 29, 2011

I remember a series from the seventies called "My World and Welcome To It" based on the writing of James Thurber. It was hilarious (at least I remember my 11 year old self thinking it was.) So I thought I'd really enjoy this book which had short stories from several of his books including My World, etc. etc. And a lot of it was wonderful, a short story called The Owl Who was God, could have been an analogy of todays political climate, very clever. But, being published in the forties, many of the stories were very dated, and there is a lot of racism, for instance one whole story about his black maids improper use of the language. I also detected some disdain for women and the "lower" classes. Would I have found this acceptable if I had read this book in 1945? I hope not. Anyway, about 1/3 of the book rated 5 stars, but the rest didn't even rate a star. So 2 stars seemed like a good compromise.

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