James Thurber is a masterful writer, humorist, and creator of enduring characters: Walter Mitty and the Lemming, included herein, have a permanent place in our culture. These 22 complete stories from Part I of My World (first published in 1942) reveal the full range of Thurber's genius, from his fanciful analysis of Shakespeare's Macbeth to his playful rendition of marital conflict and ultimately, his serious consideration of murders unsolved. His final memorial tribute to his dog fits the spirit of a light life, well-lived.
©1970 Helen Thurber and Rosemary A. Thurber (P)2010 BBC Audio
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I'm old as dirt, and James Thurber is before even my time! So, expect this to be dated; but also expect it to contain gems! Witty and literary humorists such as Thurber have gone out of fashion, but, if you enjoy Mark Twain and "The Prairie Home Companion", you should give this a try. There is no funnier 'essay' than "The Macbeth Murder Mystery" - it alone is worth the download!
John Cullum has a low-key delivery that suits this material well. Not all of these short pieces will be to everyone's taste, and allowances must be made for Thurber's times, but there is reason to feel welcome in his world.
Those who love James Thurber need no introduction, but I hope more people will discover (or re-discover) his delightful short stories -- and this collection comes to life with an exceptional narrator, the actor John Cullum, who can do every accent under the sun. I wish Audible would offer a wider selection of Thurber's stories, like The Night the Bed Fell and The Catbird Seat, narrated by Cullen. (Unlike Keith Olbermann, who shouts, Cullum gives nuance and depth to each reading.)
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