Title: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Author: James Thurber
Pages: 32 pages
American humorist James Thurber’s classic short story is about a man who escapes the tedium of his mundane life by retreating into his vivid imagination. This e-book features the original story, a selection of Thurber drawings and a new introduction by Rosemary A. Thurber, the author’s daughter.
Admittedly, I bought The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber because I was intrigued by the movie. I subsequently forgot about the book purchase and also the film. Now, nearly two years after I bought it I decided to read it.
It is a sweet story of a man who could have been brilliant but never got the chance to be and lives in his fantasies whether that be as a lawyer, fighter pilot or doctor. It has the overriding message of don’t take life for granted; live everyday to the fullest and be the best you that you can be.
You can see why they took the premise of this story and turned it into a film. The short story does leave potential for growth and development.
It is a simple but sweet story about achieving ones potential.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber is available now.