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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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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.

30 review for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

  1. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    Warning: if you want to know what The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is about, you won't find out here. But if you want to hear the terrible joke that our Russian teacher told us in 1974, you've come to the right place. Ready? So there's this Viking, and he figures he's got too old for the raping and looting and pillaging. What's he going to do? Well, he decides he's going to go back to school and get a degree in Eng Lit. So he goes back to school and the other people kind of like him, it's cool havi Warning: if you want to know what The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is about, you won't find out here. But if you want to hear the terrible joke that our Russian teacher told us in 1974, you've come to the right place. Ready? So there's this Viking, and he figures he's got too old for the raping and looting and pillaging. What's he going to do? Well, he decides he's going to go back to school and get a degree in Eng Lit. So he goes back to school and the other people kind of like him, it's cool having a Viking in the class. But he seems more and more unhappy as the term wears on. And one day the guy who sits next to him walks past a bar and there's the Viking slumped miserably over a large collection of empty glasses. He looks like he might start bawling at any minute. His friend is shocked! Ragnar, he says, what's wrong? It's this damn term paper, says Ragnar. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It's due in tomorrow and I haven't written a word, I don't even know how to start. All I know is raping and looting and pillaging. Look, says his friend, it's not so bad. Just write whatever came into your head when you read it. Doesn't matter if it's a bit weird. The instructor will say you're 'creative', she's a doll. Haven't even read it says Ragnar, and he orders another beer. Now, says his friend firmly, that's enough beer. We're going off to the library and we're going to read The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and you're going to write your term paper and it'll all be fine. So they go off to the library and Ragnar's friend finds The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and they sit down together and the friend reads it all to him very quietly, so as not to disturb the other people studying there. And then he gets out his iPad and he says okay Ragnar, now tell me what came into your head when you heard that. I'll even write it down for you. Nothing came into my head, says Ragnar stubbornly. But something must have come into your head, says the friend. Think, Ragnar, think! I can't, says Ragnar stubbornly. And so he flunked his course and had to go back to raping and looting and pillaging, even though he was too old and hated it nearly as much as he hated writing term papers on Eng Lit. You're probably wondering what the moral of this story is, so I'll tell you. It's (view spoiler)[you can lead a Norse to Walter, but you can't make him think. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liz* Fashionably Late

    To every single one out there who's won wars, destroyed enemy ships, rescued the cat in the tree, saved the world, graduated from college, lost a few pounds, fallen in love and had their happy ending... in their minds. Because daydreaming is underrated. To every single one out there who's won wars, destroyed enemy ships, rescued the cat in the tree, saved the world, graduated from college, lost a few pounds, fallen in love and had their happy ending... in their minds. Because daydreaming is underrated.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Waffles - Kelsey

    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 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....)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Shamelessly read in preparation for the movie. Genuinely excited for this. Shamelessly read in preparation for the movie. Genuinely excited for this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Char

    This was the shortest audiobook ever, but I loved it! If you've ever wondered what's going on in someone's head, this short story gives you some ideas. Recommended! This was the shortest audiobook ever, but I loved it! If you've ever wondered what's going on in someone's head, this short story gives you some ideas. Recommended!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shaina

    “After all, we only live once— or do we?” I liked the movie too but it has been a long time. Ben Stiller read this. Good job. Edit: 7/26/18 I have to say that one of my favorite literary characters of all time recently referred to another character that ticked him off as ‘ a Walter Mitty’. I was so glad I knew what that meant. For that set of you who have read or are reading the Pendergast series this happens in Blue Labyrinth where the agent has a discussion with a parking cop that I know wishes h “After all, we only live once— or do we?” I liked the movie too but it has been a long time. Ben Stiller read this. Good job. Edit: 7/26/18 I have to say that one of my favorite literary characters of all time recently referred to another character that ticked him off as ‘ a Walter Mitty’. I was so glad I knew what that meant. For that set of you who have read or are reading the Pendergast series this happens in Blue Labyrinth where the agent has a discussion with a parking cop that I know wishes he could shrink and run away. One more thing NOT to do to Pendergast. Put a ticket on his car.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brian Yahn

    James Thurber had me rooting for Walter Mitty from sentence number one. Adventure after adventure, Mitty dives in and out of wonderlands to escape his boring life. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty sort of reads like a children's short-story for adults--which is uniquely awesome if you ask me... James Thurber had me rooting for Walter Mitty from sentence number one. Adventure after adventure, Mitty dives in and out of wonderlands to escape his boring life. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty sort of reads like a children's short-story for adults--which is uniquely awesome if you ask me...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    I downloaded this free audiobook from audible and decided to finally take the time to listen to it during my walk today. I was not impressed. The narration was great and I thought that Ben Stiller did a fantastic job but I found the story lacking. I really cannot believe that this is a well loved classic story to be honest. Maybe I am missing something as I often do. Basically the story focused on a man who lives in a world of daydreams as his wife nags him constantly. This story was VERY short a I downloaded this free audiobook from audible and decided to finally take the time to listen to it during my walk today. I was not impressed. The narration was great and I thought that Ben Stiller did a fantastic job but I found the story lacking. I really cannot believe that this is a well loved classic story to be honest. Maybe I am missing something as I often do. Basically the story focused on a man who lives in a world of daydreams as his wife nags him constantly. This story was VERY short and only took about 15 minutes to complete. I haven't seen the movie but I wonder if this may be a case where the movie could be better than the written story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    I have known about Walter Mitty almost all of my life. I never heard his words though, just that he was a thinker/dreamer. Aren't we all? Thank you, James Thurber for being the writer you were. I am so glad Audible and Ben Stiller brought him to life for me. I listened to his story on the drive home from my daughters appartment last night. I started it at the end of her driveway and finished just as I turned into mine. I did not have to sit in the car to finish listening, as Ben Stiller had indic I have known about Walter Mitty almost all of my life. I never heard his words though, just that he was a thinker/dreamer. Aren't we all? Thank you, James Thurber for being the writer you were. I am so glad Audible and Ben Stiller brought him to life for me. I listened to his story on the drive home from my daughters appartment last night. I started it at the end of her driveway and finished just as I turned into mine. I did not have to sit in the car to finish listening, as Ben Stiller had indicated that he has done, and as I have done so many times before. Lovely.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    Not great literature, but I had to smile because occasionally my 10 year old imagination takes over my brain as well. And it's hard to fault poor Walter, after all, he's married to Mrs Walter Mittty. Not great literature, but I had to smile because occasionally my 10 year old imagination takes over my brain as well. And it's hard to fault poor Walter, after all, he's married to Mrs Walter Mittty.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    3.5 A story for all those daydreamers. Walter Mitty has a bitter-sweet way of coping with life. There's nothing really wrong with his life. It's just plain ordinary, so he incorporates anything he sees or hears around him into his his daydream. I prefer reading to listening (my mind starts wandering), but the audio of this story is also wonderful. Highly recommended. 3.5 A story for all those daydreamers. Walter Mitty has a bitter-sweet way of coping with life. There's nothing really wrong with his life. It's just plain ordinary, so he incorporates anything he sees or hears around him into his his daydream. I prefer reading to listening (my mind starts wandering), but the audio of this story is also wonderful. Highly recommended.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kasia

    This snippet of cozy brilliance by Thurber is his best short story ever, a story that makes the ordinary feel extraordinary. A story that gives the reader open permission to do the same in their life. A way to take a trip in your coziest chair without more than simply using your mind. Walter Mitty is a regular chap who likes to day dream a few times a day; his adventurous second life is rich and riveting and so often interrupted by his whiny wife and life’s demands. Without worry he’s able to per This snippet of cozy brilliance by Thurber is his best short story ever, a story that makes the ordinary feel extraordinary. A story that gives the reader open permission to do the same in their life. A way to take a trip in your coziest chair without more than simply using your mind. Walter Mitty is a regular chap who likes to day dream a few times a day; his adventurous second life is rich and riveting and so often interrupted by his whiny wife and life’s demands. Without worry he’s able to perform his tasks while shuffling his head dreams as if one was shuffling his ipod or playlist walking down a crowded street or working away on their computer with their head in better places. Mitty does his best to balance his wonderful imagination with the daily grind, even if his life isn’t too hard, his mental happy trips seem physical to his wife who is on a whole other plane ready to take his temperature. This is a delightful story that can be read and re-read in a short amount of time and it will always be delicious and imaginative. - Kasia S.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sohaib

    This was a quick read! And I should have done it long ago after I have watched the movie. Anyway, like most modernists, for me at least, James Thurber nails it! This is a perfect depiction of man’s need for autonomy, individualism and self-assertion among the ranks of men … even when it is only through the magnificent realm of imagination and visualization. Check this out: "Then, with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disd This was a quick read! And I should have done it long ago after I have watched the movie. Anyway, like most modernists, for me at least, James Thurber nails it! This is a perfect depiction of man’s need for autonomy, individualism and self-assertion among the ranks of men … even when it is only through the magnificent realm of imagination and visualization. Check this out: "Then, with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the last." How about that for an assertion of courage, valor and masculinity! And only because and after a series of imaginative experiences Walter has: first as a resourceful marine commander, second as a shrewd doctor, third as a courageous world war pilot, and fourth as a defiant martyr in the face of his executors in the quotation above. Walter zones out into these daytime fantasies as he drives his blabbering wife to the hairdresser. No kidding! I’d throw myself out of the car after steering it towards a cliff if I end up with someone like her! The moral here is this: men will do anything for freedom.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rizwan

    A bored, distracted, mild-mannered, soft-spoken husband drives and goes with his domineering wife to various weekly shoppings and then wife's visit to beauty parlor. Dealing with this frustratingly dull, monotonous weekly routine and by extension his dull, monotonous life, all the while he keeps daydreaming about himself in thrilling, larger-than-life heroic adventures: a daring Navy pilot in a sea storm; a flawless surgeon performing a critical surgery; a deadly assassin keeping his cool while A bored, distracted, mild-mannered, soft-spoken husband drives and goes with his domineering wife to various weekly shoppings and then wife's visit to beauty parlor. Dealing with this frustratingly dull, monotonous weekly routine and by extension his dull, monotonous life, all the while he keeps daydreaming about himself in thrilling, larger-than-life heroic adventures: a daring Navy pilot in a sea storm; a flawless surgeon performing a critical surgery; a deadly assassin keeping his cool while being interrogated in courtroom; a fearless Air Force pilot volunteering in a secret suicide bombing mission; and finally, facing a firing squad disdainfully with a smile on his lips and head held high in pride. He maybe is living a dull, boring, monotonous life now, but he could very well have been a hero in different lives who regularly gets involved in audacious, one-of-a-kind adventures and goes to exotic locations. And maybe one day he will. At least this was the essence I understood, and felt from this brilliant little short story. Then I watched the 2013 film adaptation, and it was equally brilliant, breathtakingly imaginative, highly inspiring, and moving. To me of course. The film is not a literal adaptation with the story, but a thematic one, as it followed a similar mild-mannered, soft-spoken, always-distracted person in his frequent daring daydreams, who then one day in spite of himself and without planning, has to get off his ass and actually go on an impromptu grand adventure around the world like his imaginations. Where the short story left to the imaginations, the film picks up to the realizations. They both compliment each other perfectly in their themes of our urban solitude in crowds, with visions of living life at its fullest and aching to fulfill those visions into reality. A 35-year old middle-aged person. Solitary. Disconnected. Lonely. Left the job. No purposes. Sits on his chair all life without leaving his four walls and his prison. And daydreams of big adventures to reach the end of the worlds, and to climb the highest mountains, and time travel to different universes, and fly beyond the galaxies. But never 'been anywhere', 'done anything'. I guess that makes me a Walter Mitty. I haven't gone to Greenland, Iceland, North Sea, Himalayas. Not yet. One day. One day to scale the Everest. Its in my bucket list. Maybe one day I will. Both the short story and the film touched me somewhere deep inside. To the dusted, decaying, hardened soul of this disconnected gray urban existence with colors of life. Of Hope. To feel alive. 'Walter Mitty lighted a cigarette. It began to rain, rain with sleet in it. He stood up against the wall of the drugstore, smoking... He put his shoulders back and his heels together. He took one last drag on his cigarette and snapped it away. Then, with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the last.' Short story to read: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/19...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Took advantage of the free download from Audible, in anticipation of the film. Ben Stiller has a nice reading voice, which was a tad shocking to me, because I mean, it's Stiller. I've never really thought of him as a narrator and was pleasantly surprised. The length of the story itself is shocking as well. A 32 page tale(or 15 minute long narration) translated onto the screen as a full length feature? Obviously a lot of liberties have been taken (as was the case with Where The Wild Things Are wh Took advantage of the free download from Audible, in anticipation of the film. Ben Stiller has a nice reading voice, which was a tad shocking to me, because I mean, it's Stiller. I've never really thought of him as a narrator and was pleasantly surprised. The length of the story itself is shocking as well. A 32 page tale(or 15 minute long narration) translated onto the screen as a full length feature? Obviously a lot of liberties have been taken (as was the case with Where The Wild Things Are when it was adapted for film), and it'll be interesting to see what Walter gets himself into! I didn't find the writing to be all that amazing or the story to be all that engaging. No better or worse than a hundred other short stories I've read. Heck, I've read stories that knocked my socks off so hard... that I'm curious to know WHY THIS ONE and not those?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (MichelleBookAddict)

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Novella) by James Thurber 5★♥ I bought this very short ebook to read before I saw the movie. It is very short. But it was cute. And boy Walter is a dreamer. I am a little curious as to how old Walter is. He's married. And has a little bit of a bossy wife. Or so that's what Walter thinks. All he would like to do is daydream about anything, be it a surgeon who is the only one who could save the patient or a soldier, or well... just about anything where Walter is the The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Novella) by James Thurber 5★♥ I bought this very short ebook to read before I saw the movie. It is very short. But it was cute. And boy Walter is a dreamer. I am a little curious as to how old Walter is. He's married. And has a little bit of a bossy wife. Or so that's what Walter thinks. All he would like to do is daydream about anything, be it a surgeon who is the only one who could save the patient or a soldier, or well... just about anything where Walter is the grand hero. I'll definitely reread this. There was so much stuff in this even though it was too short.

  17. 5 out of 5

    James McCormick

    I've read quite a few of Thurber's short stories (and the ones I've read do tend to be short stories in the range of about 3 000 to 5 000 words) and these are two of the best. Although Walter Mitty is by far the most well known because of the Danny Kaye film, The Greatest Man in the World is in my humble opinion the more fascinating and engaging story of the two, the title itself being hugely ironic. Anyway, both are quick reads and incredibly entertaining I've read quite a few of Thurber's short stories (and the ones I've read do tend to be short stories in the range of about 3 000 to 5 000 words) and these are two of the best. Although Walter Mitty is by far the most well known because of the Danny Kaye film, The Greatest Man in the World is in my humble opinion the more fascinating and engaging story of the two, the title itself being hugely ironic. Anyway, both are quick reads and incredibly entertaining

  18. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    I first read The Secret Life of Walter Mitty when I was just out of high school, and I found myself totally relating to Walter Mitty in a big way. Not that I imagine myself being a surgeon or a pilot, but I often spend my time daydreaming and wishing for things that realistically will never happen for me. This time I listened to the audio version with Ben Stiller narrating, and it was a lovely little treat (as the whole thing is only 14 minutes long). I look forward to watching the movie again t I first read The Secret Life of Walter Mitty when I was just out of high school, and I found myself totally relating to Walter Mitty in a big way. Not that I imagine myself being a surgeon or a pilot, but I often spend my time daydreaming and wishing for things that realistically will never happen for me. This time I listened to the audio version with Ben Stiller narrating, and it was a lovely little treat (as the whole thing is only 14 minutes long). I look forward to watching the movie again this week. Booktube-a-thon 2016 challenge: Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation [or] read a book that's older than you.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shoa Khan

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a very short read, where an ordinary man keeps escaping from his mundane life by virtue of his highly imaginative daydreams, in which he is a hero of sorts! It is this basic idea which is the only thing common between this short story and the movie, which was one of the first movies I had seen last year :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amina

    A very short short story :D if you wanna know what's maybe going on in someone's head :D very light, different from the movie but still a good one A very short short story :D if you wanna know what's maybe going on in someone's head :D very light, different from the movie but still a good one

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell

    The book was quite advanced and confusing to read, but however still made for a good read because it was just one of those books that grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading. I think there was only one bad thing about it which was how confusing it was other than that a great read. It was good that the story was in third-person because it helped control how confusing everything in the book was. Because it was in third-person everything was easier to understand because you could te The book was quite advanced and confusing to read, but however still made for a good read because it was just one of those books that grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading. I think there was only one bad thing about it which was how confusing it was other than that a great read. It was good that the story was in third-person because it helped control how confusing everything in the book was. Because it was in third-person everything was easier to understand because you could tell what was going on everywhere in the book. "He took one last drag on his cigarette and snapped it away. Then, with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the last." (James Thurber), this was quite confusing because of the amount of adjectives in this one, really long, sentence. I also do not remember anything about a firing squad which just added even more confusion to the whole story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maria Ella

    It was an American classic, a short story written in 1930's. I love how the prose became poetic, and how the author switched Mitty from an ordinary husband doing a weekly chore to become a surgeon. And a hero - inscrutable to the last. There is something about onomatopoeia that made the short story appealing. It adds up to the reader imagining how Mitty quickly triggers a daydream. At one moment he is an assassin. And then he became a surgeon. The thing with this short story is it leaves you a s It was an American classic, a short story written in 1930's. I love how the prose became poetic, and how the author switched Mitty from an ordinary husband doing a weekly chore to become a surgeon. And a hero - inscrutable to the last. There is something about onomatopoeia that made the short story appealing. It adds up to the reader imagining how Mitty quickly triggers a daydream. At one moment he is an assassin. And then he became a surgeon. The thing with this short story is it leaves you a sort of a plot hang-over. He just waited. Stood there. And just like death via firing squad, he stayed motionless. Yet proud. I guess this is what the author wanted to impart to the reader. Once the pen stopped he became still. And he was proud of his creation. (view spoiler)[Thanks for the free audiobook and the newyorker archive. :) (hide spoiler)]

  23. 5 out of 5

    Grete

    This book is not deserving of even one star. It is all confusing and puts and strange picture in your mind. If you are going to introduce the story don't start in a day dream with different character. The plot in the story makes no sense what so ever. Walter Mitty's wife is always rude which in so boring and mean. Works Sited Thurber, James. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Thenewyorker.com. Conde Nast 18 Mar. web. 12 Jan. 2015. This book is not deserving of even one star. It is all confusing and puts and strange picture in your mind. If you are going to introduce the story don't start in a day dream with different character. The plot in the story makes no sense what so ever. Walter Mitty's wife is always rude which in so boring and mean. Works Sited Thurber, James. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Thenewyorker.com. Conde Nast 18 Mar. web. 12 Jan. 2015.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chrissie

    A SHORT, short story and you now I am not into short stories. Still, I liked it. Why? Because Thurber lets you escape with Mitty into his fantasy world, and you understand why he flees there. This has to be short, or it will be longer than the story itself.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fujin reads

    I wish it is a Novel than a short story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kandice

    So that took about five minutes... During social distancing, my usual real life book club is meeting bi-weekly, as opposed to monthly, and we are reading shorts instead of novels. Who has the patience for a tome during these times? Anyway, this time we are reading this and watching the Ben Stiller movie and comparing the two. I've read this before. Everyone has, even if only by osmosis. We all know what Walter Mitty is about and I always imagine Burgess Meredith a la Twilight Zone as Mitty. I find So that took about five minutes... During social distancing, my usual real life book club is meeting bi-weekly, as opposed to monthly, and we are reading shorts instead of novels. Who has the patience for a tome during these times? Anyway, this time we are reading this and watching the Ben Stiller movie and comparing the two. I've read this before. Everyone has, even if only by osmosis. We all know what Walter Mitty is about and I always imagine Burgess Meredith a la Twilight Zone as Mitty. I find it funny that such a short, disjointed little tale has permeated our culture in the way that this has. Published in 1939 in the New Yorker and later as a book in 1942, I think every single American has a passing knowledge of who Walter is and what he means.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lena Wisniewska

    I thought that this short story was very good, because although it was very short, the reader was able to understand the main problem, which seemed to be that Walter Mitty was living in his head and day dreams, instead of in reality. He was constantly thinking about himself as someone else, instead of concentrating on his own life. There was some great language used, for example: "The Commander’s voice was like thin ice breaking." (Thurber) or "War thundered and whined around the dugout and batt I thought that this short story was very good, because although it was very short, the reader was able to understand the main problem, which seemed to be that Walter Mitty was living in his head and day dreams, instead of in reality. He was constantly thinking about himself as someone else, instead of concentrating on his own life. There was some great language used, for example: "The Commander’s voice was like thin ice breaking." (Thurber) or "War thundered and whined around the dugout and battered at the door." (Thurber). However, I think that it is a little chaotic in the switches between Walter's day dreams, and reality, although it would have been even more chaotic if there was another point of view used. The story is written in third person limited, so it only enables us to know Walter's feelings. I think that it would have been a good story starter, because it presents and issue that could be solved in a continuation of this short story. Works Cited: Thurber, James. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." The New Yorker. Mar. 18. 1989. 1. Web.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    The title has been familiar to me although I never saw the movie nor read the story. With the remake all abuzz set for Christmas Day, the title has re-entered my consciousness. I decided to look it up this evening. I found some group here at GoodReads read it back in October with a link to the text online. Yup, a short story by Thurber. It makes sense, but I never knew that. And Dany Kaye starred in the movie! Whoot! I'll have to watch this. Anyhow, as for the story, it's okay. Nothing great, noth The title has been familiar to me although I never saw the movie nor read the story. With the remake all abuzz set for Christmas Day, the title has re-entered my consciousness. I decided to look it up this evening. I found some group here at GoodReads read it back in October with a link to the text online. Yup, a short story by Thurber. It makes sense, but I never knew that. And Dany Kaye starred in the movie! Whoot! I'll have to watch this. Anyhow, as for the story, it's okay. Nothing great, nothing bad. I see myself a lot in Mitty. I daydream a lot on my way/in the middle of meaningless tasks. Life is full of the monotony, so I see no reason not to spice it up. I do not take the tact that Mrs. Mitty is the stereotypical wife. More that Mitty himself would rather not be involved in the mundane. Nevertheless, it is a fine story. It appears the Ben Stiller flick will add to the meaning of Mitty's life.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber, Narrated by Ben Stiller 2.5 stars Walter Mitty always has his head in the clouds. Sometimes as a Navy pilot other times a surgeon, and my personal favorite a man accused of a crime. I really liked the portrayal of daydreaming and how everyone wants to escape from reality. Ben Stiller did an excellent job of narration. I’ll be honest I probably would’ve never read this short story or would’ve seen the movie, but after listening to the audiobook I’m The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber, Narrated by Ben Stiller 2.5 stars Walter Mitty always has his head in the clouds. Sometimes as a Navy pilot other times a surgeon, and my personal favorite a man accused of a crime. I really liked the portrayal of daydreaming and how everyone wants to escape from reality. Ben Stiller did an excellent job of narration. I’ll be honest I probably would’ve never read this short story or would’ve seen the movie, but after listening to the audiobook I’m quite curious about the movie. I don’t really have a lot to say about Walter Mitty because the story is very short, but it’s free and it’s definitely an audiobook worth listening to. Whimsical Writing Scale: 2 Audiobook Scale: 3 Character Scale: 2 Plotastic Scale: 3 Cover Thoughts: It’s such an awkward cover, but I see what the movie covers were trying to capture.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hákon Gunnarsson

    Am I being terrible to say that I actually like the film better than the story? Well, I do, the new one at least. Haven't seen the other one. I thought the film had a better build up, and was somehow more of a story than this short by Thurber. Reading the story I saw how great the idea behind it is. A man that lives two lives at the same time, one in his head, the other going with his wife shopping. It's just that the humor seems rather dated, and not that funny. The most interesting thing about Am I being terrible to say that I actually like the film better than the story? Well, I do, the new one at least. Haven't seen the other one. I thought the film had a better build up, and was somehow more of a story than this short by Thurber. Reading the story I saw how great the idea behind it is. A man that lives two lives at the same time, one in his head, the other going with his wife shopping. It's just that the humor seems rather dated, and not that funny. The most interesting thing about it in my view is that it "gets" what it is like to be inside a writer's head. Speaking for myself I may be somewhere in a person, but maybe not completely at that place. So if someone asks me something, and gets the answer: "Huh?" it may be because I'm somewhere that may end on paper before long.

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