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 makes people happier, like ice cream. Thurber captivates the ear and captures the heart.

It all makes for a rousing concoction of adventure, humor and satire that defies any conventional classification. We suggest, read the beginning. James Thurber — was one of the preeminent American humorists and cartoonists of the twentieth century. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The Duke fancies he has frozen time, for he is afraid that one day a Prince may come and win away the hand of the Princess—the only warm hand in the castle.

But when the bold Prince Zorn of Zorna arrives, disguised as a wandering minstrel, and helped by the enigmatic Golux, the cold Duke may at last have met his match. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1, titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Jame was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. His work is a fun mix of the wordplay of Lewis Carroll and the beautiful, sometimes half-poetic prose of Peter S. Beagle, plus the gentle satire that can be found in both of those.

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The 13 Clocks is light enough to read in a day or two, but also unique enough to stick with you for a lot longer than that. It seems like a typical fairy-tale conundrum: But one day, a young minstrel named Xingu decides to try and thwart the Duke.

Take this quote from the Golux: The other half resemble me. I have been reading this book repeatedly since I was about eight, and it never fails to be a delight. 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.

James Thurber thjrber out all the stops in his writing with rhymes, alliteration, imaginative similes, and sly but always squeaky-clean vlocks. The story is beautiful. The writing is a stylistic fireworks show that never seems to become stilted or dense. The characters are lovable, hateable, scary, or funny in turns witness especially the grisly and unimaginable Todal, which gleeps.

Read it, and you’ll see. And it’s ever so hard to put down. If you’re a fan of fairy stories, or of good English style, or of humor, or of the innocently macabre, you will soon find this one of your all-time favorite books. I cannot recommend it too much. If you love reading fairy tales, then you will want to purchase a copy of “The 13 Clocks”. James Thurber’s fantasy is one you will also want to share with your children or grandchildren. Containing all the elements of a classic fairy tale – from ” Once upon a time Imaginary creatures, a heroic prince turber as a commoner and humorous situations all add to “The 13 Clocks” appeal.


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? I know, I know What can I say? I was fortunate to be raised with lots of books and lots of them were great. This book, a sort of fairy tale by James Thurber, actually started out being my older brother’s but I stole it into my room as soon as I was able.

I knew we were really grown up when I finally said, “This is yours. You should have it back. This is a great book, with wonderful imagery, but I didn’t realize until I read it to my small daughter, just how wonderful it sounds out-loud. It’s fun to read I sometimes find myself opening it up and reading bits aloud to an empty room, just because it sounds so good. Some of the phrases from the book entered my family’s vocabulary The picture of the prince and princess riding off together Thurer person found this helpful.

Your pre-school kids will enjoy having you read this to them; you will enjoy reading it; and the older kids will enjoy reading it themselves.

A beautiful princess, an evil guardian with designs on her, a mysterious prince to rescue her, and a magical ‘golux’ to help. And of course a quest. What’s not to love. I bought this for each of my children and each of my grandchildren. Love it each time I read it. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

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