My Life and Hard Times

by James Thurber


Thurber is a revered American humorist, but I thought this autobiographical collection of essays was hit-or-miss.  Some of the stories (“The Day the Dam Broke,” especially) were laugh-out-loud brilliant; others ranged from mildly amusing to forgettable.  Thurber, like a turn-of-the (20th)-century David Sedaris, chronicles the comic misadventures of his oddball family members, but too many of the stories simply end, with no real point or punch line.


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