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Title : The Lives and Times of Archy and Mehitabel
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ISBN : 9780385042628
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 477 Pages
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The Lives and Times of Archy and Mehitabel Reviews

  • Linda
    2019-05-26 03:44

    if you have not read any of don marquissbooks written by archy the cockroach you are missing a great deal in your life archy is the reincarnatedsoul of a vers libre poetwho discovered a pieceof paper in a journalists typewriter one nightand writes him a note thus began the long friendship between the twoarchy has a friendthe moraless alley catmehitabelwho claims she is the reincarnationof cleopatra her motto is toujour gaias they live their lives innew york cityarchy comments archly on social and political issuesof the earlytwentieth century how does he type he jumps off akey to hit another with his headone time he asked the journalist for a footballhelmet to protect his head he cannot do punctuationor upper case it is fun to read withoutthem even though the political and social issues arenot current many of the ideas relate to similar current issues you should find a booklike this one and read it archy and mehitabil will take over your life archy

  • Jude
    2019-05-22 03:52

    Well, first ya gotta buy the concept, which is not entirely new. And then, as coherant cockroaches go, i am personally more likely to re-read this one than that heartbroken one Kafka gave us. That's not a lit'ry assessment, mind you.

  • Ann
    2019-06-06 01:01

    p.95 "archy and mehitabel"the lesson of the mothi was talking to a moth the other eveninghe was trying to break intoan electric light bulband fry himself on the wireswhy do you fellowspull this stunt i asked himbecause it is the conventionalthing for moths or whyif that had been an uncoveredcandle instead of an electric light bulb you would now be a small unsightly cinderhave you no senseplenty of it he answeredbut at times we get tired of using itwe get bored with the routineand crave beautyand excitementfire is beautifuland we know that if we gettoo close it will kill usbut what does that matterit is better to be happyfor a momentand be burned up with beautythan to live a long timeand be bored all the whileso we wad all our life upinto one little rolland then we shoot the rollthat is what life is forp.117 "archy and mehitabel"archy declares war...come come comecome in your billionstiny small feetand humming little wingscrawlers and creeperswigglers and stingersscratchers borers slithererslittle forked tonguesman is at your mercyone sudden gestureand all his empires perishrisestrike for freedomcurses on the species that invented roach poisoncurses on the stingybeings that evolvedtight zinc coversthat you can t crawl underfor their garbage canscome like a sandstormspewed from the mouthof a great apocalypticdesert making devilcome like the spraysooty and fierysnorted from the nostrilsof a sky eating ogrelet us have a littledirect action is thesincere wish ofarchyp.130 "archy and mehitabel"mehitabel dances with boreas...whirl mehitabel whirlleap shadow leapyou gotta dance till the sun comes upfor you got no place to sleep archyp.130-131 "archy and mehitabel"archy at the zoothe centipede adown the streetgoes braggartly with scores of feeta gaudy insect but not neatthe octopus s secret wishis not to be a formal fishhe dreams that some time he may growanother set of legs of soand be a broadway music showoh do not always take a chanceupon an open countenancethe hippopotamus s smileconceals a nature full of guilehuman wandering through the zoowhat do your cousins think of you...pp.144-145 "archy and mehitabel"some natural historythe patagonianpenguinis a mostpeculiarbird he lives onpussywillowsand his tongue is always furredthe porcupineof chile sleeps his life awayand that is how the needlesget into the haythe argentinianoysteris a verysubtle ginkfor when he sbeing eatenhe pretends he isa skinkwhen you seea sea gullsittingon a bald man's domeshe likely thinksshe s nestingon her rockyisland homedo not teasethe inmateswhen strollingthrough the zoofor they havetheir finer feelingsthe sameas me and youoh deride notthe camel if grief shouldmake him diehis ghost will cometo haunt youwith tearsin either eyeand the spirit of a camel in the midnight gloomcan be so verycheerlessas it wandersround the room archy

  • Deborah
    2019-06-07 01:11

    I was excited to read this book after encountering E.B. White's introduction to it (in a collection of E.B. White's work), and still it managed to surpass my expectations.The premise is that a cockroach is possessed by the transmigrated soul of a free verse poet named Archy, and Archy types poems every night in the office of a newspaper columnist (Don Marquis) by hopping and pounding each typewriter key with his head. Don Marquis first employed the Archy character in 1916. The column remained popular throughout the 1920s, and collections of the popular column entries began to appear in the 1930s. Since he can't hold down the shift key, Archy's works are free of capitalization and punctuation. His sidekick is a dancing alley cat named Mehitabel (who claims to be possessed by the transmigrated soul of Cleopatra, among others). Together, they cover a broad number of subjects, including politics, the arts, economics, and alcohol...they have lots to say about alcohol.These are a few of my favorite Archyisms:an optimist is a guythat has never hadmuch experience* * *prohibition makes youwant to cryinto your beer anddenies you the beerto cry into

  • King Ævil
    2019-06-04 21:47

    When I was a little kid we had two frogs in a terrarium: a tree frog named Archy and a bullfrog named Mehitabel. I'd always wondered about their namesakes, and it's astonishing that I waited nearly four decades to explore further.I really wanted to like Archy & Mehitabel. Anything with such a strong connection to my early childhood really ought to be liked. Also, it's such a perfect fit for me: weird poetry written by a Blatella germanica with illustrations by the immortal George Harriman (of Krazy Kat fame). I'd always imagined it as humorous and light-hearted. Was astonished to find Archy's writings so philosophical. And dark—very dark. Mehitabel is even worse: a criminally irresponsible nihilist, without even the saving grace of being funny like Space Moose. By reading The Lives and Times of archy & mehitabel I lost some of the innocence of youth I'd carefully preserved from ages ago.I guess it's fitting that one morning we checked in on our frogs just in time to see the last of Archy's feet disappearing down Mehitabel's gullet.

  • Ellen
    2019-05-18 23:45

    Archy is a cockroach with the soul of a poet, and Mehitabel is an alley cat with a celebrated past who claims she was Cleopatra in a previous life. I first discovered Archy in a high school literature book. Having always been impressed with the cockroach who could type (but only using lower-case letters, of course) I was thrilled many years later to acquire not only one, but two editions that were published before World War II. These yard-sale finds are treasures for my book shelves, ranked with: Auntie Mame; books by the author known as Elizabeth (Elizabeth and her German Garden, The Solitary Summer, The Enchanted April), and other antiquated books I've collected. About once a year spend an evening reading aloud from this book, usually on a winter's night with a glass of something or other at hand. I have great delight giving voice to Mehitabel: "my youth i shall never forget /but there s nothing i really regret /wotthehell wotthehell /there s a dance in the old dame yet /toujours gai toujours gai".

  • Kimberly Ann
    2019-06-11 01:54

    This has been in my TBR for over 15 years and I figured that as I'm home and need a break from cleaning, organizing, & moving furniture that I'd take the time to read it... Also I haven't been to the Library in about a week, so I'm out of my current interests.Archy is a cockroach (who in another life was a famous poet) that writes poetry & a journal of sorts..... he does this by using a typewriter, jumping on the keys in order to strike a letter. Because he is only able to hit one key at a time, there is not punctuation or capital letters used in his prose.Archy has a friend, Mehitabel, an stray cat who in a previous life was Cleopatra. Archy write a lot about his friendship w/ Mehitable and her life as well as writing about rats, other insects, people, and other cats.I'm not going to say that I "liked" this, but considering when it was written it is extremely clever & entertaining.... Therefore the number of stars.

  • Sue
    2019-05-21 19:53

    This book is an old favorite. It begins with a beautiful introduction by E.B. White and leads into a hilarious account of a cockroach named Archy, the reincarnation of a free verse poet. He needs to throw himself onto the typewriter keys, head first, in order to communicate with Don Marquis (journalist/author). Other characters include Freddy the rat, a reincarnated poet, as well, and Mehitabel the cat, who believes she was once Cleopatra. This is a hoot and a half. Interesting factoid...these characters were originally appeared in Marquis's Sun Dial column in 1916-18. Can't imagine these whimsical columns in today's newspapers, and that is a darned shame.

  • Valerie
    2019-06-07 01:10

    One of the best gifts I got from my grandmother was a subscription to Children's Digest. Therein I made the acquaintance of people like Tintin, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats--and archy and mehitabel. I won't say I always agreed with the sentiments expressed. There's a point where archy rebukes bridge players, because they put excessive effort into achieving nothing. As opposed to? What does he recommend as an alternative? I think of it as like the British king who is said to've tried to outlaw golf, because it was distracting people from archery practice. There're people who would consider BOTH a waste of time. Who's setting the priorities?

  • Richard
    2019-06-01 22:58

    for some reason a copy of this was in my parents home forever though i don't think they ever read it and probably never knew it was there. i discovered it one day when i was in my late teens. i read it and loved it and eventually just took it when i left home because nobody else even knew it was there. i still have it. and i bought another copy with a dust jacket so now i own two.this is a real classic of early 20th century newspaper columnar poetry. it's definitely worth looking into for anyone who has a bit of nostalgia for the days when real cockroaches used manual typewriters and pounded out work by the serious sweat of their little brows, night after night.

  • Isaac
    2019-06-07 02:53

    A lot to be had here. First of all, it's good poetry, for all its snide shots at vers libre -- second, it's very much of its era, providing a fascinating glimpse at urban life as it was in the early part of the 20th century -- third, it very much transcends its era, taking on themes of life, love, death, hope, and hopelessness, all from the perspective of a man (disguised here as a cockroach) who feels the world around him so hard that it's all he can do to live, day to day. Illustrations by the irreplaceable George "Krazy Kat" Herriman only add to the greatness.

  • Johnny Trash
    2019-06-07 19:42

    The premise here is simple. Don Marquis, the author, wrote a column for the Chicago Sun Times in the 1920s. archy is a cockroach who lived in the newsroom and claimed to be the reincarnation of a free verse poet. He typed on Marquis' typewriter by diving headfirst onto the keys. He wrote poems and stories and political rants. That basic introduction does not do justice to the wonderful world created in these collected columns.

  • Stven
    2019-06-03 21:44

    Undeniably this is classic stuff, but an anthology of three book-length collections of archy's typewriter-diving ruminations is too much to take at once. Every literate person should have some familiarity with archy and mehitabel. Some of it is brilliant, some of it is ordinary, and it's best waded through a little at a time. "Toujours gai," eh wot?

  • Paul
    2019-05-24 00:56

    A series of experiences in verse written by a cockroach who is a vers libre poet for the newspaper. Original written as columns for the "Sun Dial" newspaper 1916-1935. Very pithy, tongue in cheek, philosophical collection. Provides a contemporary reflection of this period in U.S. history.Great illustrations by George Herriman (Krazy Kat).

  • Keith
    2019-05-23 00:46

    The joyful adventures and ruminations of a small cockroach named Archie, who contains the transmigrated soul of a free verse poet. Includes Archie's reportage on the antics of Mehitabel the Cat, who may or may not have been Cleopatra in a previous life. back a while back before WWII there were amusing things like this in the newspapers... can you imagine?

  • Miranda
    2019-05-31 03:06

    A typing cockroach and a cat; from the synopsis here: "Archy is a cockroach, inside whom resides the soul of a free-verse poet; he communicates with Don Marquis by leaping upon the keys of the columnist's typewriter. In poems of varying length, Archy pithily describes his wee world, the main fixture of which is Mehitabel, a devil-may-care alley cat."Amazing.

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-19 22:03

    Really FUN book from the 20's about a cockroach and a cat - both with the "souls of humans" who love to sing about alcohol. There is definitely some social commentary, and its very funny. The whole book is written in prose. I believe its actually a collection of submissions to a paper or publication by Don Marquis. I need to own this book. Its worth a second, and even third read!

  • Wanda
    2019-06-18 01:46

    Fun old skool humor. George Herriman's illustrations of Archy, the cockroach with the transmigrated soul of a vers libre poet, and Mehitabel, the alley cat with the morals of , alley cat (what in ---- have I done to deserve all these kittens"), are priceless.

  • Summer
    2019-06-07 19:56

    A clever cockroach named Archy taps out his manifesto - in verse - on an adapted typewriter. He writes about humankind's foibles, the current and past lives of his friend Mehitabel the cat, and the coming insect revolution. A real beaut!

  • Emily
    2019-05-23 20:10

    Archy types:i have noticedthat whenchickens quitquarrelling over theirfood they oftenfind that there isenough for all of themi wonder ifit might notbe the same waywith thehuman race

  • JoBlakely
    2019-06-18 22:04

    Genius. Marquis is ascerbic, funny, political, and prophetic.

  • Dan
    2019-05-19 20:00

    A classic of humor and social commentary from a free-verse poet cockroach's perspective. Timeless.

  • Forvalka
    2019-06-08 03:08

    Wry and cynical poems from depression era New York, composed by a cockroach and his ratty but ever-ladylike feline companion.

  • Katherine
    2019-05-28 01:09

    I have a first edition of this book. It makes me extremely happy.

  • Alison
    2019-05-22 20:49

    An often re-read favorite about a free verse poet transmigrated into a cockroach and the tempestuous cat who wonders what she did to deserve all these kittens.

  • David Wachter
    2019-05-27 19:58

    smart. funny. who new?

  • Bruce
    2019-06-01 02:54

    Brilliant, touching satire on the human condition. One of the 20th Century's great humor classics.

  • MisterFweem
    2019-06-14 20:05

    Review is here.

  • Nat
    2019-06-03 21:52

    my heart was bursting for love with this book throughout my childhood.

  • Frances Sawaya
    2019-06-11 23:50

    Fine to read a bit of Seamus Heaney during the week but I often return to the down-to-earth themes of this writer. Simply can't beat his realistic take on life.