A giant of American humor makes his Penguin Classics debut with “probably the best book in the world” (Neil Gaiman, from the Introduction). In , James Thurber was nearly completely blind, and behind schedule on a book. He headed to Bermuda, in hopes that the change of. Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber (©) hands of his watch and the hands of all the thirteen clocks were frozen. They had all clocks were dead, and in the end, brooding on it, the Duke decided he had murdered time, slain it with his.

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It is beautiful and it is comic. Feb 29, James M.

Sep 12, K. The book is dark, like much of Gaiman’s work, and Thurber clearly thinks younger readers 133 handle a little blood and guts. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

The intentional tweaking and inversion of tired fairy-tale standards. Retrieved from ” https: James Thurber’s fantasy is one you will also want to share with your children or grandchildren.

Then one night while I was building a color television set, she fixed herself a martini, turned off my music, picked up the book and read it aloud. There is a time and place for fantasy works with rich, intricate, worlds and myths and histories laced with their own cogent reason and meaning. If you love cleverly written fantasy books, it doesn’t get much better than the 13 Clocks.

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The Golux can magically appear in the prince’s dungeon cell, but he must trudge through brambles for days to reach a destination. I don’t know how many times I have read it — to myself and aloud to others. The Duke limped because his legs were of different lengths. A beautiful princess, an evil guardian with designs on her, a mysterious prince to rescue her, and a magical ‘golux’ to help.


However, his “uncle” the evil Duke would make all impossible demands to these princes. How can anyone describe this book? It all makes for a rousing concoction of adventure, humor and satire that defies any conventional classification. It is witty, playful, but also deep and adult. Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition on thurbe Kindle in under a minute.

Love it each time I read it. Feb 13, carol. This is partly so because of the illustrations by Marc Simont, who’s style is very much like just about any other children’s book from the 40s and 50s that I remember reading. Marriage based merely on lust – Prince Zorn and Princess Saralinda, without any time to even talk, hang out, go out on a date or flocks to know each other –and just because they’re both good-looking–marched immediately off to get married; 5.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Children do not know who James Thurber is, do not usually care about whether or not a story is philosophical or Thurberian, and while they do enjoy wordplay and fun, aren’t placing as high a value on it as jamss sheer delight a story involves.

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Damn, Thurber’s a genius in this one. Set up a giveaway. They came and tried and failed and disappeared and never came again. Thurber’s description, that he was trying to write an old-fashioned story in which the good guy gets the princess and the bad guy loses is accurate, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. As an jjames bonus, this edition came with an introduction by Neil Gaiman, which is a treat in itself.

The angry Duke is then confronted by a nightmarish creature called the Todal, “sent [by the devil] to punish [him] for having done less evil than [he] should. Lisa Hill January 17, at 6: I guess I’ll go with a combination of the tue and hope I don’t lead anyone astray.

They were set to finding things that never were, and building things that could not be. The characters are lovable, hateable, scary, or funny in turns witness especially the grisly and unimaginable Todal, which gleeps.


Worth the read though, if only for the marvelous language and inventive characters.

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Just at the end. You’ll need it even in the blessed isles of Ever After. But, anyway, here are Carter 7 and Holland 5 much thanks to my wife who asked many of the questions:. The other half resemble me. When Zorn of Zorna dons his princely raiment, he looks like he’s wearing a frilly tablecloth! What it does mean is that this book is not heavy and involving. Thurber’s use of rhymes within conversations, the alliteration, and the convoluted conversations of the Golux, reminiscent of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?

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The 13 Clocks

I ordered a copy from the library an older copy, without the Gaiman introduction Showing of reviews. From the sky came the crying of flies, and the pilgrims leaped over a bleating sheep creeping knee-deep in a sleepy stream, in which swift and slippery snakes slid and slithered silkily, whispering sinful secrets. When it came down to it, thjrber prince didn’t really figu In The Thirteen Clocksa prince disguised as a minstrel attempts to win the hand of Saralinda, the niece of an evil Duke who cloxks her prisoner while killing most of the suitors who try to win her hand by setting impossible tasks for them to accomplish.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The 13 Clocks is simply one of the most brilliant tales ever spun. This is a tale to be tgurber to the youngsters, although adults may also enjoy it.