Book Club: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Terrific Tuesday, lovelies!

This month, I was quite fascinated by a short story called The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. You may have heard of this as it was recently turned into a movie starring Ben Stiller. I haven't seen the film yet but I've heard mixed reviews so I may just wait until it comes out on DVD.


In any case, this post isn't about the movie but the book that inspired it. Written by James Thurber, Walter Mitty tells the story of a mild-mannered man who daydreams of being more than what he is. Walter Mitty is considered the archetypical Thurber man - hapless and hopelessly dreamy. He uses his surroundings to pretend that he is at first a Navy pilot, then a surgeon, then an assassin testifying in court, and so on and so forth. In fact the end of the story concludes with Mitty going on another daydream journey.

What really interested me about this story is that there's a Walter Mitty in all of us, and I definitely have gone on a daydream-scapade while on the metro, the library, at work, at school, etc. It's a testament to the power of the imagination and how we never truly have to grow out of it.

Since this was a short story, I'm going to keep my review brief - I highly recommend this book to any daydreamer or lover of childhood imagination. It's a story that never gets old!

14 comments

  1. And can't we all relate to the part of "day-dreaming to be more than he is"? Certainly! :) Sounds like a cool read.

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  3. That is completely me too! I've heard the movie was good but never got around to seeing it! I had no idea it was based off of a story though, I'm definitely going to look into it!

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  4. I would like to read it! ^^

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  5. I'm definitelu a daydreamer, so I will consider it :p

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  6. AH! I've been meaning to read both the story and see the movie. It's on my to do list, and I hope I get around to it soon. The power of our imagination and dreams is something truly beautiful!

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  8. oh I haven't heard about this book yet!:) great tip!♥

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  9. Your book tips are always really interesting, dear Deborah, and as I haven´t heard from this book until now, I must check now if this book is also available in German :) Thanks a lot for your presentation regarding this book! Hope you had a great week so far and your work is not too hard and buzy ...

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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  10. Maybe this will be my next read!!

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  11. I would really like to see the movie or at least read the book! I would rather read the book first, because I like my imagination let loose and imagine situations myself than rather see them in a movie!
    Thanks for this great review! :)

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  12. Maybe I'll actually consider reading the book before watching the movie after seeing this post ;) thanks for sharing this! Love your blog :)

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  13. I am a daydreamer so will have to have a little read of this! I've been wanting to see the movie actually but I want to read first :)

    Rebecca Coco

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  14. oh i didnt know that this was a film adaption! i love the story and want to watch the film but now i also want to read the book :)

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