Title: Further Fables for Our Time Author: Thurber, James Grover () Date of first has lighted our time, so that we can see where. Further Fables for Our Time has ratings and 13 reviews. Eleanor said: Anyone who has ever read anything by Thurber knows that he is perfect. If you h.. . Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated has ratings and 30 reviews. Susan said: The world’s a fine and terrible place. Thurber approaches it.. .
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Return to Book Page. Here are a score or more lessons-in-prose dedicated to conventional sinners and proving- what you will. The fables are imperishably illustrated, and are supplemented by Mr.
Thurber’s own pictorial interpretations of famous poems in a wonderful and joyous assemblage.
Hardcoverpages. Published December 1st by Borgo Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Nov 25, Susan Budd rated it really liked it Shelves: Thurber approaches it armed with wit and an ability to find humor where there is none.
Dec 29, Susan Budd Thanks Leslie! Nov 09, George K. Somewhere along the line — largely thurher of The 13 ClocksI’m guessing — Thurber has suffered the same fate as Mark Twain in that he’s become known as an avuncular old man who told some funny stories and was generally amusing. You’ll be disabused of that notion pretty quickly after you finish this book. Thurber happens fhurber be hilarious, but he bites.
Mar 18, Vy thelibrocubicularist rated it liked it Shelves: Od amusing collection of short thurbrr that stand the test of time surprisingly well.
Perfect to read before bedtime or when you have a little bit of free time. Some of my favorite quotes from the book: Thurber invokes a voice very specific to the early 20th Century. He is dry, aloof, disenchanted and slowing burning with frustration. He’s from the first generation of office workers, men a bit castrated by desk jobs, by micromanaging bosses, and by women whose ambitions are frustrated by strict gender roles.
So Thurber lashes out not with grand, physical prowess wielded by I know Thurber more for Walter Mitty and The Catbird Seat, but someone from my book club selected his fables, so I dove in.
So Thurber lashes out not with grand, physical prowess wielded by the male archetypes of farming or labor societies. He uses his wit. His fables often start with the zinger and then he builds a narrative backwards to describe a ridiculous situation. He names various animals trying to make their way in the world and being thwarted by others, by fate, or by their own ineptitude. I took the opportunity to read some biographies of Thurber that detailed his childhood, his strong-willed wives, his health problems, his friendship with E.
White and his rocky ride during the change of leadership at The New Yorker. He was a funny little man who immortalized the milquetoast anti-hero Dec 21, Daniel A.
My sister—my whole family, really—is a huge fan of James Thurber ; I was mostly familiar with this collection through a high-school anthology of short fiction, which reprinted Thurber’s story “The Unicorn in the Garden”.
As such, I’m glad that I finally picked up Fables for Our Time from the library—and I’m glad that I actually read the whole thurbre when I was of an age, presumably sufficiently sophisticated, that I could actually get Thurber’s gags in the book. Because as it is, Thurber’s gags res My sister—my whole family, really—is a huge fan of James Thurber ; I was mostly thurbdr with this collection through a high-school anthology of short timw, which reprinted Thurber’s story “The Tie in the Garden”.
After all, on one level, stories such as “The Little Girl and the Wolf” with Thurber taking the Little Red Riding Hood fable and insisting both that iames resemble Grandma about as much as Calvin Coolidge resembles the MGM lion and that little girls aren’t as easily fooled nowadays after Red shoots the wolf with her fbales are genuinely funny, particularly in the vein of Thurber’s dry New Yorker wit—and stories or as “The Very Proper Gander” and “The Rabbits Who Caused All the Trouble” were clearly written with the very real, very distressing global politics of very much in Thurber’s mind.
Further Fables for Our Time
Along these lines, Fables for Our Time resonates both as “mere” humor and as genuine satire—with all the effect actual satire actually had on actual people’s behavior, as Jeremy Dauber and Rabbi Moshe Waldoks make clear in their respective books on Jewish humor, which touches particularly on Thurber’s “Rabbits” story. Thurber’s illustrations as well, especially of the various poems in the second part of Fables for Our Timeare Thurber’s typically charming efforts; they act as the perfect accompaniments for the stories and poems, particularly for John Greenleaf Whittier ‘s poem “Barbara Frietchie”, for which Thurber undoubtedly was aware that there were indeed veterans of the U.
Civil War, from both sides, still alive.
In general, Fables for Our Time is an utterly charming work, simultaneously substantive and easy enough to read in hturber or two sittings—and highly recommended.
Jun 21, Lugene Lancaster rated it really liked it. Read one fable a night. Funny and spot on. Jaems was originally introduced to the writing of James Thurber when I found The Thurber Carnival collection in our library at home. This was when I was old enough to read but long enough ago that I do not remember the exact date. At a later point in my education I read some of the more famous fables in High School English class. This collection brings together the fables and some of the poems for which Thurber provided illustrations.
The fables include both the better-known ones like “The Unicorn in I was originally introduced to the writing of James Thurber when I found The Thurber Carnival collection in faables library at home. Each fable has a moral that is often some practical bit of wisdom.
Housman from his collection “A Shropshire Lad”. This small gem of a book is a dables to read and reread from time to time to lighten your day. Mar 23, Sarah Ansani rated it really liked it Shelves: Thurbber bought this book in Baltimore and how appropriate that gables Baltimore Oriole makes an appearance in two of the fables?
Thurber’s tongue-in-cheek renditions are adorable and dark. Like what every fable should do, the absurdities and unfairnesses of life are presented. Despite obvious efforts, the protagonists often have the same fate as the antagonists.
That’s just how life goes, my friends. Towards the end of the book are some similarly ill-fated 17th century poems that Thurber chose to illustr I bought this book in Baltimore and how appropriate that the Baltimore Oriole makes an appearance in two of the fables?
Towards the end of the book are some similarly ill-fated 17th century poems that Thurber chose to illustrate. My favorite poem was “Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight” in which a valiant woman saves her husband from impending death.
Just when I was used to the ill-fated endings in this book, I was shocked that she fxbles, miraculously, save her husband. Dec 22, Ryk Stanton rated it it was ok.
Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated by James Thurber
Okay, I guess I don’t get it. I know that Thurber is a name to be reckoned with and so there must be some great quality to his work, but I don’t see it at al I suffered through his one-page parables without seeing what makes him such a great satirist, and the end of this book featured other people’s poems with what I understand to be Thurber’s cartoony line drawings — I just don’t get it.
I know somebody out there loves this guy — can you explain to me? This is one of those books I would hav Okay, I guess I don’t get it. This is one of those books I would have put down and stopped reading except that it was fairly brief and I figured that if I read I would just suddenly kind of get it.
It was nice to pick up this book on a day when I got some really saddening news for while it is occasionally dark, it’s mostly a light-hearted, whimsical take on the concept of fables. There will be an amusing story, followed by a moral which is sometimes just a funny variation of a well known aphorism, sometimes quite on point, sometimes quite contrary to the point you might expect to take, sometimes surprisingly profound and sometimes completely out of left field.
I like the simplistic art styl It was nice to pick up this book on a day when I got some really saddening news for while it is occasionally dark, it’s mostly a light-hearted, whimsical take on the concept of fables. I like the simplistic art style. The fables themselves are only pages. The last 50 pages are poems that Thurber has illustrated, pretty straight up. I chose this title as the result of library search for James Thurber after reading Walter Mitty, etc.
James Thurber retells some fables, with FABulous results! He provides some revised morals: A new broom may sweep clean, but never trust an old saw. You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward. It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers. Whom God has equipped with flippers should not monkey around with zippers. Youth will be served, frequently with chestnuts. Now don’t you want to read the fables to go with such wise morals?
Thurber also provides some witty illustrations for Famous Poems. Apr 18, Joanne Cookson rated it really liked it. I must admit that I only read a few of the poems. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the fables. May 13, J.
Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated
Very twentieth century and utterly lost on my English book club mates. I have loved his fractured fairy tales since the eighth grade. Fables For Our Time: First published inthis is an uproarious collection of well-known fables retold in the twisted manner of Thurber.
May 14, Daniel rated it really liked it.