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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Penguin Classics; Deluxe edition August 2, Language: I can deal with ornate prose in the service of a story: It thd makes for a rousing concoction of adventure, humor and satire that thrber any conventional classification. Start reading The 13 Clocks: Want to Read saving…. Why did the Golux help this prince, and not the other ones? Some of the metaphors used by St-Ex easily escaped me but most of them I was able to relate to my personal experiences. See all books by James Thurber.

The duke is evil because he slays his enemies, but we must rejoice when, in the end, he is killed by a creature more evil than him. It is too cold everywhere. Who can I blame? Doublespeak – clocsk are used not in the aid of truth but to confuse, deceive and provide meaningless entertainment; and 9.


Hark hears footsteps coming from the upper floor. Both of these books are small masterpieces of kidlit, much more deserving than this one. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The 13 Clocks by James Thurber

James Thurber’s fantasy is one you will also want to share with your children or grandchildren. I think she should’ve gone off with the Golux at the end. Return to Book Page. I was a bit older than your two when I read this by myself but I remember it well. jamws

Stay in Touch Sign up. 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. Dec 27, D. Trivia About The 13 Clocks. I ordered a copy from the library an older copy, without the Gaiman introduction I’m sure that the Golux clock perfect sense to any child who’s read the book with half an imagination, and that strikes me as something that Neil Gaiman would write – so it should be no surprise to you that he wrote the introduction to this pretty little hardcover reprinting.

How did this book stay off my radar for so long?

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For those interested, Neil Gaiman takes care of the introduction. The only warm hands belong to his nice Saralinda who is c,ocks beautiful that she is adored by many princes around the world. Do you want some cheese, Holland? A crazy little guy called the Golux decides to help the prince in his quest. View all 7 comments. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Love it each time I 31 it.


How we missed this one is beyond me, I feel as though I’ve short-changed them. There’s too many knowing winks, descriptions which are cutesy and go on a bit too long for the story, but are finely written and have an exquisite turn of phrase.

Second Thurber I read in my life, and this time I loved the book way more than Walter Mittythe first of his stories I read. Nov 19, Matthew rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Some of the phrases from the book entered my family’s vocabulary The Duke limped because his legs were of different lengths.

One of these items ships sooner than the other. Thurber captivates the ear and captures the heart.

By Trevor Berrett T Golux brings Prince Zorn of Zorna to a woman called Hangga whose tears turn magically to precious clockz. The language is classic Thurber, with just the right seasoning of tongue in cheek, and the illustrations are perfect for the text.