The 13 Clocks

The 13 Clocks

Book - 2008
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In a cold, gloomy castle where all the clocks have stopped, a wicked Duke amuses himself by finding new and fiendish ways of rejecting the suitors for his niece, the good and beautiful Princess Saralinda.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9781590172759
1590172752
Call Number: THURBER
Characteristics: 124 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Subjects: Princesses -- Juvenile fiction.
Uncles -- Juvenile fiction.
Time -- Juvenile fiction.
Clocks and watches -- Juvenile fiction.
Additional Contributors: Simont, Marc - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Thirteen clocks

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LPL_DanC Apr 14, 2016

Back in the day if you were a leading literary light you took a stab at writing children's novels. E. B. White did it with Charlotte's Web, and this is James Thurber's children's classic, a book that one of today's literary greats, Neil Gaiman, has called "the best book ever written." And it's pretty darn good. Reads almost like a long poem, is a weird original fairy tale and quest story, and is ancestor to Kate DiCamillo's The Tale of Despereaux.

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andreareads
Apr 27, 2013

The wicked Duke in this tale is very wicked indeed. I suppose the dark parts of the story didn't bother me as a kid because I had absolute confidence that evil could be defeated. Good to reread as an adult.

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rumplestiltskin
Dec 01, 2011

Forgot how good a read this is.

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jamesthiele
Nov 29, 2010

A totally delightful book suitable for both children and adults. A fairy tale that works on many levels.

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BiblioBrietta
Nov 22, 2017

And then, without a rhyme or reason, out of time and out of season, Hagga laughed and kept on laughing. No one had said a word, no one had told a tale. It might have been the hooting of an owl. It might have been the laughing of a snail. But Hagga laughed and kept on laughing, and precious jewels twinkled down her cheek and sparkled on the floor, until the hut was ankle-deep in diamonds and in rubies. The Golux counted out a thousand and put them in a velvet sack that he had brought along. "I wish that she had laughed," he sighed, "at something I had said."

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andreareads
Apr 27, 2013

there are rules and rites and rituals, older than the sound of bells and snow on mountains

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andreareads
Apr 27, 2013

“We all have flaws,” he said, “and mine is being wicked.”

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andreareads
Apr 27, 2013

Remember laughter. You’ll need it even in the blessed isles of Ever After.

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