The 13 Clocks
Once upon a time, in a gloomy castle on a lonely hill, where there were thirteen clocks that wouldn’t go, there lived a cold, aggressive Duke, and his niece, the Princess Saralinda. She was warm in every wind and weather, but he was always cold. His hands were as cold as his smile, and almost as cold as his heart. He wore gloves when he was asleep, and he wore gloves when...more
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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 Childre ...more
More on why I awarded my unfavorable 2 stars at:
The story is about an evil Duke who has been c ...more
This was a fast and fun romp. One part wicked to two parts whimsy, it's a book to delight all ages. Children will love the story, and adults will enjoy the more sophisticated humor and word play. If you know anything about James Thurber, (or maybe even if you don't), you'll appreciate how much fun he had writing t ...more
1.Kidnapping - the Princess Saralinda wasn't really the Duke's niece. He kidnapped her when she was little;
2. Vicious Murders - the Duke had killed, and gutted like fish, countless victims and fed their flesh to his geese;
3. Lust - the Duke lusted after Saralinda and was not able to immediately consummate his evil desire only because of a witch's spell (a case of evil susp ...more
I enjoyed the pictures and set it a ...more
It's always Then. It's never Now.
Time, for children, just never moves fast enough. Time, for adults, moves too quickly. The 13 Clocks of this tale sit frozen, "slain" by the villainous Duke.
"I slew time in these gloomy halls"
The wicked Duke sets up impossible tasks for the young men who come to ask for the hand of Princess Saralinda, with the result of such men being fed to the Duke's geese. Will the handsome minstrel be next? Is he really a minstrel? And who is the invisible Listen?
Listen can ...more
"...They came and tried and failed and disappeared and never came again. And some, as I have said, were slain, for using names that start with X, or dropping spoons, or wearing rings, or speaking disrespectfully o ...more
Look, this was released by Dell Yearling, so theoretically it is a children's novel. Children do not know who James Thurber is, do not usually care about whether or not a story is philosophical or Thurberian, and while they do enjoy wordplay and fun, aren't placing as high a value on it as the sheer delight a story involves. Seeing this on the back cover was my first warning, and the book confirms my right to be.
The writing is like a sword that is so encrusted with brilliant ...more
So, this gets four stars because I love Thurber and also because of this marvelous piece of alliteration:
"The brambles and thorns grew thick and thicker in a ticking thicket of bickering crickets. Farther along and stronger, bonged the gongs of a throng of frogs, green and vivid on their lily pads. From the ...more
The tale is simp ...more
Summary (SPL): With the help of his magical protector, the Golux, Prince Zorn performs impossible tasks to win the hand of Princess Saralinda.
Library Journal: "[In] James Thurber's grown-up fairy tale... the cold Duke of Coffin Castle, who was 'even colder than he thought he was,' holds his 'niece' captive and refuses to give her hand in m ...more
Reseña completa y mi versión de la portada ...more
“Courtship Like Clockwork?’
I was introduced to this marvelous fantasy in junior high school; despite the passing of decades and having read hundreds of Young Adult books and a hundred Children’s and Adult classics, I still recall this little book with real fondness. Recognized for his droll and irreverent Midwestern sense of humor (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) Thurber is generally known for his outrageous delicition of family and married life. The Ohio j ...more
I enjoyed how this book was written. Very different form other things, but at the same time felt familiar. I liked the use of rhyme and the names of the ch ...more
"The castle clocks were murdered," said the Duke. "I killed time here myself one snowy morning. You still can see the old brown stains, where seconds bled to death, here on m
Some favorite dialogue from the book:
"We all have flaws," ...more