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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The angry Duke is then confronted by a nightmarish creature called the Todal, “sent [by the devil] to punish [him] for having thufber less evil than [he] should. The other half resemble me.

I am deeply put off by its assumption that the world is inhabited only by straight men “Everybody has always wanted to love a Princess. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

The 13 Clocks

They have weird names. It seems like a typical fairy-tale conundrum: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition on your Kindle in under a minute.

Dec 27, D. And of course a quest. Thurber remarried in June, to Helen Wismer. This cold has frozen the hands of the 13 clocks in the palace.


Christopher Theofanidis wrote an opera based on the story in It was also adapted and produced by Stephen Teeter for use in the s in a production in Berkeley, CA. Yes, this book has the classic elements of a fairy tale but it’s also filled with imaginative clockw of everyday things such as the Duke who killed time an event which left blood on his sleeves.

The 13 Clocks by James Thurber

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Lisa Hill January 17, at 6: Ships from and sold by Amazon. Besides for all that, this clodks is a perfect example of ridiculous American culture.

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

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. It is too cold everywhere. When it came down to it, the prince didn’t really figu 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 hand by setting impossible tasks for them to accomplish.

Hark hears footsteps coming from the upper floor. Others had been slain for offenses equally trivial; trampling the Duke’s camllias, failing to praise his wines, staring too long at his gloves, gazing too long at his niece.


Why did the Golux help this prince, and not the other ones? The evil Duke of Coffin Castle lives with his good and beautiful niece, the princess Saralinda, clocs a castle so cold that all the clocks have frozen at ten minutes to five. I was a bit jamds than your two when I read this by myself but I remember it well. 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.

Sep 17, Anne Blocker rated it it was amazing Shelves: The 13 Clocks is si James Thurber’s The Thirteen Clocks jamws an allegorical fairy tale for adults that primarily showcases Thurber’s wit and mischievous wordplay. Take a second to support The Mookse and the Gripes on Patreon! For more than seventy years, Penguin has jamse the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

It needs to be read aloud, preferably to a small child, the lyrical, whimsical language savored. The tale is simp Very enjoyable story! View all 6 comments.