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 witty, playful, but also deep and adult. There is a time and place for fantasy works with rich, intricate, worlds and jajes and histories laced with their own cogent reason and meaning. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. And what was going on with her?

The furious Duke realizes that Zorn and the Golux have somehow gotten into the castle and orders out his guards. It needs to be read aloud, preferably to a small child, the lyrical, whimsical language savored. His work is a fun mix of the wordplay of Lewis Carroll and the beautiful, sometimes half-poetic prose of Peter S.

Thurber would contribute both his writings and his drawings to The New Yorker until the s. Humorous, occa 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’m not exactly sure why the book was on this particular list, but I enjoyed it nonetheless and will doubtless read it again. Feb 29, James M.


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. We are told the princess is good, but we are given no proof why. The Princess can only be saved by a prince who’s name begins with X, the Golux wears an “indescribable hat” and, by his own admission is the only Golux, and not a Mere Device. How we missed this one is beyond me, I feel as though I’ve short-changed them.

The thruber book on her list was The Little Prince. Thurber remarried in June, to Helen Wismer. As the realization that they have failed sets in, Hagga suddenly begins to laugh inexplicably until she cries, producing an abundance of precious jewels.

He kidnapped her when she was little; 2.

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The story is about an evil Duke who has been cursed together with his kingdom. His last words, thurbef from the repeated word “God,” were “God bless Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Set up a giveaway. I hope your kids will do more of these.

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

View all 6 comments. Will the handsome minstrel be next? This one’s heroic and valiant, that other melancholic and existential: I don’t get the hype. And it’s ever so hard to put down. Start reading The 13 Clocks: That prince dude bugged me.

What’s wrong with me? Looking for More Great Reads? The language is classic Thurber, with just the right seasoning of tongue in cheek, and the illustrations are perfect for the text.


She was a concert pianist headed for law school, majoring in American literature. Thanks for the clarification. Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition Paperback: If you know anything about James Thurber, or maybe even if you don’tyou’ll appreciate how much fun he had writing this story. InThurber married Althea Adams. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Read reviews that mention fairy tale james thurber thirteen clocks princess saralinda marc simont neil gaiman mere device evil duke fairy tales guggle to your zatch win her hand read aloud year old beautiful princess bickering crickets great book brambles and the thorns rabbits screaming unopened rooms princess bride.

They came and tried and failed and disappeared and never came again.

Thurrber am looking forward to reading more James Thurber now. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. So, this gets four stars because I love Thurber and also because of this marvelous piece of alliteration: I enjoyed reading it, but don’t understand what all cllocks fuss is about.

K January 17, at 9: Want to Read saving…. James Thurber — was one of the preeminent American humorists and cartoonists of the twentieth century.

While they are chasing and fighting Zorn through the castle, the Golux and the Princess sneak throughout the castle to each of the thirteen clocks, using Saralinda’s warmth to start them once more.