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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I always enjoy it. As a grown up, though, I really enjoyed reading this book.

Nov 09, Amy Neftzger rated it it was amazing. Probably the book which developed my love of reading!

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In The Thirteen Clocksa prince disguised as a minstrel attempts to win the hand of Saralinda, the niece of an evil Duke who keeps her prisoner while killing most of the suitors who try to win her clock by setting te tasks for them to accomplish. Marriage based merely on lust – Prince Zorn and Princess Saralinda, without any time to even talk, hang out, go out on a date or get to know each other –and just because they’re both good-looking–marched immediately off to get married; 5.

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 James Thurber’s fantasy is one you will also want to share with your children or grandchildren. Dec 27, D. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


Write a customer review. A crazy little guy called the Golux decides to help the prince in his quest. I ordered a copy from the library an older copy, without the Gaiman introduction The Golux and Zorn try to make her weep from laughter, but this results in jewels of little or no value.

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However, to prevent Zorn from simply traveling to his father’s kingdom, getting the jewels there and returning which would take 99 daysthe Duke only allows him 99 hours to complete the task.

Materialism – lots of emphasis here on gems and jewels and the message that the rich Prince marrying the rich Princess is something that goes SOP and need not have any thoughtful deliberation; 6.

The Duke gives Zorn the task of finding a thousand jewels. Which is why I now want to acquire a copy, so one day I can do just that.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? When I read it I was laughing through most of it. It’s true fantasy – things are the odd way they are because, well, in the world of The Thirteen Clocks, that’s just the way things are! Damn, Thurber’s a genius in this one. The picture of the prince and princess riding off together Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Sep 20, Pages Buy. It seems like a typical fairy-tale conundrum: Several suitors have tried to court the Princess, but the Duke’s policy is to test their eligibility by assigning them impossible tasks, and in some cases killing them when they fail to complete the tasks or for other arbitrary reasons.


I looked things up and read the funny papers. Buy the selected items together This item: The 13 Clocks is si James Thurber’s The Thirteen Clocks is an allegorical fairy tale for adults that primarily showcases Thurber’s wit and mischievous wordplay.

The only warm hands belong to his nice Saralinda who is so beautiful that she is adored by many princes around the world.

They were told to cut a slice of moon, or change the ocean into wine. I can deal with ornate prose in the service of a story: So, this gets four stars because I love Thurber and also because of this marvelous piece of alliteration: Looking for More Great Reads?