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The 13 Clocks 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Amy_Neftzger More than 1 year ago
If you love cleverly written fantasy books, it doesn't get much better than the 13 Clocks. The story takes you on a wild and yet slightly farcical ride as you follow the prince's efforts to win the hand of the princess from her wicked Uncle. Yes, this book has the classic elements of a fairy tale but it's also filled with imaginative interpretations of everyday things such as the Duke who killed time (an event which left blood on his sleeves). This is a children's book and a short read, but well worth the time.
BRF More than 1 year ago
The Thirteen Clocks is too long to be a short story, too short to be a novel but is a "just right" novella. It is in the company of "The Old Man and the Sea," "Of Mice and Men," and "Call of the Wild." This novella is a fable, fairy tail, and fantasy. James Thurber weaves a tale of the just and right prince Zorn prevailing over an evil Duke by performing seemingly impossible tasks. Saralinda is as her name suggests, is both beautiful and a princess and is also the key to this story. This is a fitting book for children and adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Thirteen Clocks" is a really fantastic book. I happened to read it in a Barnes & Noble store on a whim, and I couldn't get it out of my head. I had to buy my own copy. If you love literature and fantasy stories, you have to read this book. It's very unique--it seems like a story for children, with a princess and an evil duke, but I think it's really geared more towards adults. It's full of whimsical characters, like a spy named Whisper and an evil duke with "a voice like iron dropped on velvet." The language is perfectly crafted, and rhymes just when it has too. And of course the Golux, with his "indescribable" hat, who is full of surprises. He probably owns a copy of this book himself, and his only problem with the story is that he wishes that Princess Saralinda had a little more personality. Buy this book!
tapestry100 More than 1 year ago
The 13 Clocks is a hard book to label; is it YA? A child's fairy tale? Something written for adults? I can honestly say yes to all these questions. It has just about every aspect of the typical fairy tale present: there is a damsel in distress, an evil duke, a prince who comes to the rescue, impossible tasks, magical creatures, curses and a happily ever after. The Princess Saralinda is something of a captive to her wicked 'uncle,' the Duke, who is actually not her uncle, but her kidnapper, and who plans to marry her on her 21st birthday. She has had many suitors over the years, but the Duke gives each an impossible task to complete for her hand, or he simply kills them for practically no reason. Along comes the prince, Zorn of Zorna, disguised as a traveling minstrel, who goes on an impossible quest set forth by the Duke. Accompanying Zorn is the Golux, who seems to be something of a wizard, but maybe not, and together they accomplish the task, but just barely. I'm giving nothing away here, as we all know how these fairy tales end, and this particular tale follows in the footsteps of every one before it. Marc Simont's illustration are very simplistic, but they match the tone and feel of the story perfectly. I found them a fresh accompaniment to the story. Don't take me the wrong way, I enjoyed reading The 13 Clocks. Thurber created a fun little story, but I'm just not 100% convinced that it deserves the amounts of praise that has been heaped on it.
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From the Golux (who is a device) to the evil duke (who fears princes who's names begin with an X but don't) this is a hugely fun read. I was delighted by this story as a child and loved it when I reread it a year ago. Highly recommended.