My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber

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Title: My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber


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.

My thoughts:

I’m not sure where I got –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!

I can’t do justice to the humor contained in this book.  The premise I shared above sounds rather weak and inconsequential, but Thurber knows how to elevate the mundane to glorious heights.  You just have to trust me and read it for yourself.  The ludicrous situations are perfect 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 to adults!

Possible Objections:

  • 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…



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