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
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.

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.

Dec 01, 2011

Forgot how good a read this is.

Sep 17, 2011

A classic piece of dazzlingly-written tom-foolery, ridiculous and funny, with a rhythm that cries out for reading aloud. The best known of Thurber's novels of this kind, a fairy tale as only someone as brilliant and off-beat as Thurber could write.

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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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."

Apr 27, 2013

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

Apr 27, 2013

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

Apr 27, 2013

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


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