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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty [Library Binding]

James Thurber
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Jan. 1 2008 Creative Short Stories
A henpecked husband copes with the frustrations of his dull life by imagining he is a fearless airplane pilot, a brilliant doctor, and other dashing figures.
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The American cartoonist and author James Thurber (1894-1961) is considered one of America's greatest 20th-century humorists. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Thurber worked for the United States Department of State and then worked in France for the French edition of the 'Chicago Tribune'. He moved to New York City in 1926 and worked as a reporter for the Evening Post. In 1927 Thurber became staff writer and managing editor of 'The New Yorker'. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, and Humorous Jan. 13 2004
Format:Library Binding
In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, James Thurber gives us something much more important than laughs: he gives us a brief but penetrating glance at human nature. The story focuses on Walter Mitty, an ordinary man, with the habit of daydreaming. Walter will simply forget anyone around him and become someone else; a navy pilot, a surgeon, a suspect for murder, a World War II pilot. In these dreams, he is always the hero, a character of bravery and valiance. In real life his wife often interrupts these fantasies, and he resents her for this. His wife, on the other hand, thinks that he may be ill, as he tends to drift off. She sees his fantasies as a failing on his part, while he uses them to escape reality.
Perhaps the most important theme of the story is that these fanatics may not be bad, quite to the contrary, they may be very good. James Thurber thinks that daydreams provide an escape from reality, and a valuable way to make an otherwise boring day livable. The ending to Walter Mitty reflects this opinion. Mitty ends the story returning to the real world, though much better for the break. Consider this quote:
"He took one last drag on his cigarette and snapped it away. Then, with that faint, fleeting smile playing on about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the last."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the best book i have ever read. Jan. 4 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
Anyone you buy it for will absolutly love it.
Children, teenagers, and even adults should read this book.
It makes you want to jump in to one of Walter's day dreams the moment you read it.
Thurber really out did him self.
I have to say it is one of the funniest books i have ever read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laine (librarianscanreadtoo)'s review Oct. 21 2013
By Kelsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Meet Walter Mitty.

He's a Husband.

He's a Captain of a Navy ship

He's a toughest man on the trial

He's the man who can a woman from distress and is a hero to all man kind.

He's also worrying his wife, his co-workers, his boss and his shrink.

Walter Mitty has dreams. Dreams of being a hero. But he's not dreaming them in bed, like everyone else is. He's dreaming these events while driving, while shopping, talking to his wife, walking down the street. He "sees" himself as a hero to everyone, but doesn't really do anything about it. He's just your average Joe that is taking his wife to get her hair done. And while she is getting her hair done, he runs errands. But everyday life, everything that we see, feel, touch, hear generates this scene in his head where he is the hero to the story and he's living it right then and there!! While everyone looks at him like he's weird, he doesn't see what wrong with this!!

As a writer I was thrilled that I am not the only person that this is happening too!!! I can't tell you how many times I will be sitting at the Library that I work at and there will be an event that will take place, or someone says something to me and it triggers a scene playing in my head and I'm living that story out (in my head of course). I am a writer and I am always getting scenarios playing out in my head that sometimes leave me speechless until I am writing that out in my laptop. Sometimes I talk out loud the scenes but hey, I'm a writer it's allowed. (I think....)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Sept. 4 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love this book, I had no idea the actual story of Walter Mitty was only about 5 pages long. I had watched the movie starring Danny Kaye from 1947 and didn't know what to expect from the book. Even though Walter Mitty is only one short segment of the book, I love the other stories and am very happy with this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Other Pieces Oct. 15 2009
By Theresa Maurice Comer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Thank you the book was in great shape, the book was for my son, it was required reading for his english class. He liked the book. He even told me he thinks I would enjoy reading it.
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Life of Walter Mitty April 19 2001
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
It was an excellent book for someone who enjoys day dreaming. Good for both kids and teens. Adults might even possibly enjoy it.
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