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Lanterns and Lances I trust that this collection of pieces will prove that I have not become at sixty six going on fifty as one friend of mine gallantly put it completely lubugrious Many things or rather people and i

  • Title: Lanterns and Lances
  • Author: James Thurber
  • ISBN: 9780060142803
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lanterns and Lances By James Thurber, I trust that this collection of pieces will prove that I have not become, at sixty six going on fifty, as one friend of mine gallantly put it, completely lubugrious Many things, or rather people and ideas, are dealt with here in what I hope is a humorous vein, for, as I keep pointing out, humor in a living culture must not be put away in the attic with the flag, but sh I trust that this collection of pieces will prove that I have not become, at sixty six going on fifty, as one friend of mine gallantly put it, completely lubugrious Many things, or rather people and ideas, are dealt with here in what I hope is a humorous vein, for, as I keep pointing out, humor in a living culture must not be put away in the attic with the flag, but should be flaunted, like the flag, bravely.

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    1. I am stunned to see that I have not yet reviewed this book but since I just finished another reading, I will go ahead and offer up my review I was given this gift from a special soul, someone I consider my big brother because he knows that I am a Thurber junkie and have been since I first discovered A Thurber Carnival while in high school and I love the essays in this book They feed my word lover self and make me so grateful that I am not alone with some of the bizarre thoughts that plague my br [...]

    2. 63 LANTERNS AND LANCES 1961 James Thurber I have to admit that it wasn t that long ago that I read The Library of America s collection of Thurber s work, but when I came across a stand alone copy of one of his best known works, I couldn t resist James Thurber 1894 1961 was born, raised and educated in Ohio He ultimately gravitated to New York City where he eventually became a fixture on the New Yorker staff This book, the last one published while he was still alive, is composed of many of the co [...]

    3. I only wish someone had encouraged, coerced or forced me to read Thurber sooner.This collection doesn t hit the humorous heights of My Life and Hard Times, but here Thurber reveals himself as an editor s writer I would venture that Lanterns Lances is actually a writing handbook wearing the guise of a collection of humorous essays.Some of the titles tell the tale The Spreading You Know, Such a a Phrase as Drifts Through Dreams, The Tyranny of Trivia, The Wings of Henry James, and The New Vocabula [...]

    4. This collection of late period Thurber pieces unfortunately contains little real humor and much grumpy old man get off my lawn musings and tedious wordplay But it does contain this passage, which made the whole thing worth it Ah thought you all was Bing Crosby, said the windlestraw, in a fake Dixie that was not too bad for one in her cups Fake Dixie always enchants me after midnight I prayed God to keep my hand off her knee.

    5. Most of the humorous essays in this collection achieve their comedic effect through puns, wordplay, and turns of phrase Thurber obviously delights in words and individual letters themselves their sheer sound, appearance, and connotations Thurber s comedic pursuits are sometimes annoyingly pointless, but still it s a good book to fall asleep to.

    6. I think I am living in the wrong decade to enjoy this Maybe that means I am not trying hard enough, but whatever I felt the same way reading S J Perlman I know they were influential humorists in their day, but I just didn t get into it.

    7. Possibly not his best, but some of the essays e.g The Wings of Henry James are wonderful Lots of people probably don t have a lot of patience a half century after they were written to untangle his syntax.

    8. Late Thurber Not his best Some interesting essays though He frequently expresses admiration for Henry James This is odd because Thurber is the least Jamesean writer one can imagine and James the least Thurberesque.

    9. I have to teach Walter Mitty in my classes so I thought I would read a collection of his short stories in order to expose the students to Thurber Wrong The stories are way weird and in no way could I teach them Bummer.

    10. The book shows both the brilliance and the lunacy of James Thurber Parts of it are brilliantly funny Parts intellectually mind boggling and parts very dense.

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