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  • Title: The Catbird Seat
  • Author: James Thurber
  • ISBN: 9780895986924
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • Short story first published in The New Yorker, Nov 14, 1942.Mr Martin, a man of exemplary habits, planned to murder Mrs Barrows, the special adviser to the president of his firm The woman had disrupted the system caused people to be fired, and generally gotten the place into a state of confusion His carefully laid plan to murder her didn t work out, but by visiting hShort story first published in The New Yorker, Nov 14, 1942.Mr Martin, a man of exemplary habits, planned to murder Mrs Barrows, the special adviser to the president of his firm The woman had disrupted the system caused people to be fired, and generally gotten the place into a state of confusion His carefully laid plan to murder her didn t work out, but by visiting her apartment and behaving himself in an unseemly manner, as she reported to the president, he managed to get her out of the firm and possibly into an insane asylum.
    The Catbird Seat Short story first published in The New Yorker Nov Mr Martin a man of exemplary habits planned to murder Mrs Barrows the special adviser to the president of his firm The woman had disrupte

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    1. Interesting little short story I got lulled into thinking I knew what was going to happen and I didn t Good one.

    2. A decent story that may take certain people a bit longer to understand Other than this, the story has a great idea, an the main character, Mr Martin s plan seems like he had been plotting it for 20 years, although it hasn t been 1.

    3. the story is hard to comprehend I don t know if it s because of my reading level, but I found it diffcult to comprehend I got the wrong idea from the story I only realized when we reviewed it in class.

    4. One of the best memorable tales of cunningness, revenge and humor, I ever had enjoyed years ago in Sabrang Digest.

    5. Supposedly it s humorous, but frankly, I found it very dark I think we re supposed to laugh at Mr Martin s lack of ability to actually commit murder he s wimpy, nervous, bungling , yet I didn t feel convinced that he couldn t do it Maybe I ve read too many Russian stories or Camus I mean the literature of nihilism and of the absurd, existentialist literature in general it gives us reason to believe that at any given moment a person can choose to be other than what his patterns have been, out [...]

    6. It s been years since I ve read this delightfully funny, warped short story, and it was great fun to read it again last night Thurber s sense of humor is just perfect, and I found myself chuckling several times as I read it Actually, my husband and I read it together, and that was even fun I could picture the antagonist, Mr Martin, and the incredibly irritating antagonist, Mrs Barrows, perfectly in my mind, and I sympathized with poor Mr Martin s frustrations in his workplace This may have been [...]

    7. Opening lines Mr Martin bought the pack of Camels on Monday night in the most crowded cigar store on Broadway It was theatre time and seven or eight men were buying cigarettes The clerk didn t even glance at Mr Martin, who put the pack in his overcoat pocket and went out If any of the staff at F S had seen him buy the cigarettes, they would have been astonished, for it was generally known that Mr Martin did not smoke, and never had No one saw him.You may read online FullReads.

    8. The Catbird Seat by James Thurber is about a man named Mr Martin who thinks that a co worker, Mrs Barrows is trying to replace his job Even though this story is a comedy, I didn t think it was funny I did learn some metaphors like, tearing up the pea patch This story does use irony as humor, but it doesn t build up the irony at all I recommend this story to people who think that metaphors are funny.

    9. I was hoping for perhaps a little bit , but it was clever, amusing, and well written Definitely a little different as twists go I just loved this quote opening the second paragraph It was just a week to the day since Mr Martin had decided to rub out Mrs Ulgine Barrows The term rub out pleased him because it suggested nothing than the correction of an error

    10. Heard a bit of a reading on NPR and I was intrigued, so I looked for another reading online when I got home.There is a decent reading by Keith Olbermann though he reads a little fast.m.youtube watch v sxLCjOA copy of the story is atwww2bstu mpdumler CaI d like to get a copy of The Thurber Carnival.

    11. I really liked this funny short piece It was a movie I understand, but I never saw it I have been a Thurber fan since high school and I like his off beat sense of humor story telling There s a good chance you will enjoy this very amusing tale.

    12. Read this for English Language Arts, and although it was a little confusing and rather strange, I enjoyed reading it, which is than I can say for some of the other short stories that I have read.

    13. A readable enough story, but kind of lack impact to paraphrase Bill Cain, three acts of build up to a murder that doesn t happen.

    14. I enjoyed this story, I wish I could remember the title of the collection it was in, there were some really good stories in it I wish I could think of such a clever way to deal with workplace bullies.

    15. One of the examples of the Entartainment Literature Thurber is using the unexpected as irony We are unable to know whether it s a dream or not but it s a well written story.

    16. A most cunning story Quite clever is the main character, and it is hillarious Short story but a MUST read

    17. I say amazing because for an author to actually make me laugh out loud is quite a feat Just a really smart, quirky short story.

    18. Quick, fun read about the lengths a man will go to remove a pest.The story made me chuckle, especially at the end, as the main character worked out ways to make life return to normal.

    19. This was a fun short story I thought it was going one way and it twisted into a brilliant ending Very well done.

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