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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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Under the conditions of a spell cast on the Duke as he fled with the Princess, the Duke may not marry Saralinda until she is twenty-one; furthermore, the spell prophecies that “[Saralinda] can be saved and [the Duke] destroyed only by a prince whose name begins with ‘X’ and doesn’t.

Just at the end. I liked the tale, although I felt a Madison Avenue-type outlook from the beginning, a little too New Yorkish and cynical for my tastes.

A timeless story of bravery, wizardry, and true love triumphing over evil, written in a delightfully Thurberian style that will appeal to readers of all ages.

Yes, this book has the classic elements of a fairy tale but it’s also filled with imaginative interpretations of everyday things such as the Duke who killed time an event which left blood on jxmes sleeves. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College. I can deal with ornate prose in the service of a story: Reading The Thirteen Clocks was a full sensory experience for me and one I immediately wanted to share with others from the same generation.

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

Trivia About The 13 Clocks. I am looking forward to reading more James Thurber now. I’ve read this several times and want to again, after seeing that Neil Gaiman and I actually agree on this tight masterpiece of word-play and adventure and satire Learn more about Amazon Prime. Discover Clkcks Book Box for Kids. The story is noted for Thurber’s constant, complex wordplay, and his use of an almost continuous internal meter, with occasional hidden rhymes — akin to blank versebut with no line breaks to advertise the structure.


Pages to import images to Wikidata. James Thurber’s fantasy is one you will also want to share with your children or grandchildren. I was a pre-med student fascinated with technology, dissecting fetal pigs in the kitchen.

It is beautiful and it is comic. I like the hat that is indescribable. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Thurber made Simont describe all his illustrations, and was satisfied when Simont was unable to describe the hat. I hope your kids will do more of these.

The Golux pretty much spoon-fed him everything he should do, and helped him figure everything out.

The 13 Clocks

It isn’t a parable, a fairy story, or a poem, but rather a mixture of all three. This is certainly a fantasy book from the 50s. The Duke fancies he has frozen time, for he is afraid that one day a Prince may come and win away the hand thw the Princess—the only warm hand jamfs the castle. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. 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 Children’s night-time story.

Also in Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition. I think she should’ve gone off with the Golux at the end. I’m not so sure that this was a prince worthy enough to win the hand of Saralinda. The evil Duke of Coffin Castle lives with his good and beautiful niece, the princess Clocsk, in a castle so cold that all the clocks have frozen at ten minutes to five.


This is James Thurber’s foray into the world of fantasy, and although it’s a short story, it’s a gem, for both children and adults. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as jqmes as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

yhe See all reviews. His last words, aside from the repeated word “God,” were “God bless But, anyway, here are Carter 7 and Holland 5 much thanks to my wife who asked many of the questions:. 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. He never graduated from the University because his poor eyesight prevented him from taking a mandatory ROTC course.

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. Highly recommended for everyone, and particularly fun to read aloud either by yourself or to an audience!

This is a tale to be read to the youngsters, although adults may also enjoy it. Views Read Edit View history. I enjoy whimsy and fairy tales, but The 13 Clocks falls short in its attempt to blend the two. Thurber’s use of rhymes within conversations, the alliteration, and the convoluted conversations of the Golux, reminiscent of Abbott and Costello’s jamess on First?

The writing is like a sword that is so encrusted with brilliant gold, jewels, and finery that you can’t actually swing the thing. The other half resemble me. You still can see the old brown stains where seconds bled to death, here on my sleeve.

What’s not to love. LOL This fhe hilarious, Trevor: View all 6 comments.