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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To complicate things further, the Duke commands that when Zorn returns, the thirteen irrevocably frozen clocks in the castle must all be striking five. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Imaginary creatures, a heroic prince disguised as a commoner and humorous situations all add to “The 13 Clocks” appeal. InThurber married Althea Adams. And the duke, the ultimate representation of evil in this parable, is as flat as the rest of them, a slimy fellow who limps around threatening to slay people from their zatch to their guggle.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. When it came down to it, the prince didn’t really figure anything out. Jan 22, Fabian rated it really liked it. Probably the book which developed my love of reading!

January 18, at In fact, I’m sure he illustrated at least a handful of those very books I remember from my visits jamee Grandma and Grandad’s; the bio in the back of The Thirteen Clocks says he illustrated nearly in his career. James Thurber — was one of the preeminent American humorists and cartoonists of the twentieth century. Hark hark the dogs to bark, the duke is fond of kittens, he thurbed to take their insides out and use their fur for mittens.


If you love reading fairy tales, then you will want to purchase a copy of “The 13 Clocks”.

About James Thurber The Modern Library has played cpocks significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition. After a journey of two days, they arrive at her hut and find that she is still able to weep jewels, but Hagga informs them that the magic gift that let her weep jewels was amended, so whereas “the jewels of sorrow shall last beyond all measure”, the jewels of laughter shall give “little pleasure”: It is also accompanied by colorful illustrations that made my reading quite memorable.

I read this in about an hour, which is not the way to do it. In case you don’t know, I want to like Gaiman’s work, but I don’t. Or do I just hate traditional fairy tales where the prince rescues the princess even though he’s a total dumbass?

Carolyn Cantwell introduced me to this book.

Seuss to my children, not really knowing who loved the books more, who giggled the most, who said “again”, just glowing in that feel good emotion that only sharing the best children’s books with them brought out in me.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. What can I say? I bought this for each of my children and each of my grandchildren. His work is a fun mix of the wordplay of Lewis Carroll and the beautiful, sometimes half-poetic prose of Peter S. The marriage was troubled and ended in divorce in May Doublespeak – words are used not in the aid of truth but to confuse, deceive and provide meaningless entertainment; and 9.

Read it, and you’ll see.

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This is not a story of good triumphing over evil but of the rich and beautiful triumphing over the rich and ugly. Share your thoughts with other customers. Sep 12, K. And effective, without resorting to such grand words.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. For here, one can find many things which America had made famous: We suggest, read the beginning. However, to prevent Zorn from simply traveling to his father’s kingdom, getting the jewels thurher and returning which would take 99 daysthe Duke only allows him 99 hours to complete the task. Vicious Murders – the Duke had killed, and gutted like fish, countless victims and fed their flesh to his geese; 3.


One part wicked to two parts whimsy, it’s a book to delight all ages. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.

The 13 Clocks

I ordered a copy from the library an older copy, without the Gaiman introduction Materialism – lots of emphasis here on gems and jewels and the message that the rich Prince marrying the rich Princess is something that goes SOP and need not have any thoughtful deliberation; 6. Look, this was released by Dell Yearling, so theoretically it is a children’s novel.

Thurber remarried in June, to Helen Wismer. The Golux counts out a thousand, and they return to the castle after thanking her. At “Xingu”‘s interrogation by the Duke, the Duke, who thanks to his spies has been aware of Zorn’s identity all along, announces his decision to allow Zorn to court Saralinda.

This is certainly a fantasy book from the 50s. Also by James Thurber. This is better than “Le Petit Prince”; more in tune with my if I do have any; I guess I know that I do American proclivities, than that other Ch Beyond the absurdity of the Shrek universe satire, satire, product placement, nostalgic nod, satirethis one actually pays tribute to those acts of chivalry so prevalent in fairy tales and children’s books.

It is philosophical and it is cheery. The princess’s previous suitors were given tasks like traveling thrice around the moon, but our hero is conveniently tasked with bringing a thousand jewels.