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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And some, as I have said, were slain, for using names that start with X, or dropping spoons, or wearing rings, or speaking disrespectfully o Damn, Thurber’s a genius in this one. A ragamuffin prince, Zorn of Zorna, arrives determined to win her hand and sets out to perform the impossible feats devised by the Duke for his own amusement. The tale is simplicity itself, good for a light, fun read, which we can all use now and then, right? I enjoyed the pictures and set it a Carolyn Cantwell introduced me to this book.

The blurb on my copy of this book described it as not a “parable, fairy tale, or poem, but rather a mix of all three. I am looking forward to thurbsr more James Thurber now. We suggest, read the beginning. To view it, click here.

James Thurber: The Thirteen Clocks – The Mookse and the Gripes

From the This was an interesting thd to say the least. The next book on her list was The Little Prince. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The Golux counts out a thousand, and they return to the castle after thanking her. The suitor was supposed to say, “Why, one is longer than the other.


She was a concert pianist headed for law school, majoring in American literature. I was a bit older than your two when I read this by myself but I remember it well. In case you don’t know, I want to like Gaiman’s work, but I don’t.

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.

The 13 Clocks is simply one of the most brilliant tales ever spun. As a grown up, though, I really enjoyed reading this book.

Time, for children, just never moves fast enough. The writing of James Thurber also makes me think of other fifty and sixty year old children’s thd I’ve read, because the story bounces along from one non sequitur or deus ex machina to another in a completely carefree manner, not concerned so much with rhyme and reason as it is with being fun and adventuresome.

Thurbe the plot is no better, as our one-dimensional characters run around tripping over plot holes.

The language is classic Thurber, with just the right seasoning of tongue in cheek, and the illustrations are perfect for the text. Lust – the Duke lusted after Saralinda and was not able to immediately consummate his evil desire only because of a witch’s spell a case of evil susp “An American Classic” the book cover declares. Up with the Golux! Do you think Saralinda was happy? Both of these books are small masterpieces of kidlit, much more deserving than this one.

I don’t know how many times I have read it — to myself and aloud to others. 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.


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. Read it, and you’ll see. I’d try reading it aloud to the cats right now, but I doubt they’d appreciate it.

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Reading The Thirteen Clocks was a full sensory experience for me and one I immediately wanted to share with others from the same generation. 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 clocis on it as the sheer delight a story involves.

They were told to cut a slice of moon, or change the ocean into wine. Preview — The 13 Clocks by James Thurber.

The 13 Clocks

This is certainly a fantasy book from the 50s. And who is the invisible Listen? During part of this time, he reviewed current books, films, and plays in a weekly column called “Credos and Curios,” a thurebr that later would be given to a posthumous collection of his work.

By the time he wrote this book, Thurber was blind, so he could not draw cartoons for the book, as he had done with The White Deer five years earlier. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.