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I’m not sure where I got My Life and Hard Times–perhaps at a library book sale. (I love those!) This is the only book by James Thurber that I own, but I will definitely be reading more of his works!
This book is a short collection of autobiographical stories about Thurber’s life in Ohio around the 1930’s. The episodes he shares run the gamut–from a biting dog to crazy servants, from a broken dam to a car that had to be pushed. I can’t do justice to the humor contained in this book. You just have to trust me and read it for yourself. The ludicrous situations are just right to make you chuckle, chortle and snort.
Also, Thurber included his simple illustrations throughout. I think they add a nice touch to the stories. I highly recommend this book as a fun, short read!
- The b-word makes an appearance.
- Thurber’s grandpa regularly takes God’s name in vain.
- There is some talk about a “yellow” gal and a “Negro”/”Negress” in the chapter about servants.
Rating: 5 Stars
Until next time…