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Book Title: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty|
The author of the book: James Thurber
Edition: Creative Education
Date of issue: January 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9781583415863
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 19.38 MB
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I got The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as a free listen from Audible a long time ago, and figured this would be a great way to spend some 15 minutes before going to bed. Just enough time to make one relaxed after a busy, common cold day.
Walter Mitty goes through many exciting and adventurous lives with a help of his wonderful imagination that offers him the possibility to experience action filled moments middle of an ordinary day. It is the great power of imagination we all have that guarantees the mind travelling whenever we feel the desire to do so, get out of our daily lives and routines. A very much a reason as to why I read, to be able to see thousands of worlds, meet a thousands of people created by mix of someone else's words and my own imagination that builds something individual from those individual words.
To me, TSLoWM is a short story of escapism, from a dull life and from a bad marriage, that ends with a good notion, as much as dark it is, of a rebirth of some kind. My interpretation might be way off, but it is the personal use of my own imagination that leads to conclusions of its own.
I am not sure was it the story or Ben Stiller's uneven narration that took turns between bad and good, between too fast and just enough, but I did find this 15 minutes to be too messy and without much of an inspiration. But, I will most certainly watch the movie adaption as I think this will do wonders in a cinema format.
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Read information about the authorThurber was born in Columbus, Ohio to Charles L. Thurber and Mary Agnes (Mame) Fisher Thurber. Both of his parents greatly influenced his work. His father, a sporadically employed clerk and minor politician who dreamed of being a lawyer or an actor, is said to have been the inspiration for the small, timid protagonist typical of many of his stories. Thurber described his mother as a "born comedienne" and "one of the finest comic talents I think I have ever known." She was a practical joker, on one occasion pretending to be crippled and attending a faith healer revival, only to jump up and proclaim herself healed.
Thurber had two brothers, William and Robert. Once, while playing a game of William Tell, his brother William shot James in the eye with an arrow. Because of the lack of medical technology, Thurber lost his eye. This injury would later cause him to be almost entirely blind. During his childhood he was unable to participate in sports and activities because of his injury, and instead developed a creative imagination, which he shared in his writings.
From 1913 to 1918, Thurber attended The Ohio State University, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He never graduated from the University because his poor eyesight prevented him from taking a mandatory ROTC course. In 1995 he was posthumously awarded a degree.
From 1918 to 1920, at the close of World War I, Thurber worked as a code clerk for the Department of State, first in Washington, D.C. and then at the American Embassy in Paris, France. After this Thurber returned to Columbus, where he began his writing career as a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch from 1921 to 1924. During part of this time, he reviewed current books, films, and plays in a weekly column called "Credos and Curios," a title that later would be given to a posthumous collection of his work. Thurber also returned to Paris in this period, where he wrote for the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers.
In 1925, he moved to Greenwich Village in New York City, getting a job as a reporter for the New York Evening Post. He joined the staff of The New Yorker in 1927 as an editor with the help of his friend and fellow New Yorker contributor, E.B. White. His career as a cartoonist began in 1930 when White found some of Thurber's drawings in a trash can and submitted them for publication. Thurber would contribute both his writings and his drawings to The New Yorker until the 1950s.
Thurber was married twice. In 1922, Thurber married Althea Adams. The marriage was troubled and ended in divorce in May 1935. Adams gave Thurber his only child, his daughter Rosemary. Thurber remarried in June, 1935 to Helen Wismer. His second marriage lasted until he died in 1961, at the age of 66, due to complications from pneumonia, which followed upon a stroke suffered at his home. His last words, aside from the repeated word "God," were "God bless... God damn," according to Helen Thurber.
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