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ISBN13: 9781590172759
ISBN10: 1590172752
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Like so many other fairy tales, The 13 Clocks has a wicked duke, a beautiful princess, and a prince in disguise. But I've never read another book that has a Golux. In fact, I've never read another book like this one. Adults will laugh at the wordplay, and kids will love the story. After being out of print for many years, this new version features an introduction by Neil Gaiman.
Recommended by Adam P., Powells.com

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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 he was awake, which made it difficult for him to pick up pins or coins or the kernels of nuts, or to tear the wings from nightingales.

So begins James Thurber's sublimely revamped fairy tale, The 13 Clocks, in which a wicked Duke who imagines he has killed time, and the Duke's beautiful niece, for whom time seems to have run out, both meet their match, courtesy of an enterprising and very handsome prince in disguise. Readers young and old will take pleasure in this tale of love forestalled but ultimately fulfilled, admiring its upstanding hero (He yearned to find in a far land the princess of his dreams, singing as he went, and possibly slaying a dragon here and there) and unapologetic villain (We all have flaws, the Duke said. Mine is being wicked), while wondering at the enigmatic Golux, the mysterious stranger whose unpredictable interventions speed the story to its necessarily happy end.

Review:

"The 13 Clocks is especially wonderful." The Washington Post

Review:

"There are spys, monsters, betrayals....Thurber gives the proceedings his own particular deadpan spin...It all makes for a rousing concoction of adventure, humor and satire that defies any conventional classification." LA Times

Review:

"My exemplary Thurber fairy tale is The 13 Clocks...a small masterpiece of respectful travesty honors the whole spectrum of the traditions." The Hudson Review

Synopsis:

Once upon a time, in a gloomy castle on a lonely hill, where there were thirteen clocks that wouldnt 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 he was awake, which made it difficult for him to pick up pins or coins or the kernels of nuts, or to tear the wings from nightingales.

So begins James Thurbers sublimely revamped fairy tale, The 13 Clocks, in which a wicked Duke who imagines he has killed time, and the Dukes beautiful niece, for whom time seems to have run out, both meet their match, courtesy of an enterprising and very handsome prince in disguise. Readers young and old will take pleasure in this tale of love forestalled but ultimately fulfilled, admiring its upstanding hero (”He yearned to find in a far land the princess of his dreams, singing as he went, and possibly slaying a dragon here and there”) and unapologetic villain (”We all have flaws,” the Duke said. “Mine is being wicked”), while wondering at the enigmatic Golux, the mysterious stranger whose unpredictable interventions speed the story to its necessarily happy end.

Synopsis:

James Thurber (1894—1961), one of the outstanding American humorists and cartoonists of the twentieth century, was born in Columbus, Ohio, and launched his professional writing career as a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch in 1920. He began writing for The New Yorker in 1927 after his friend E. B. White got him a job at the magazine. Though hampered by failing eyesight, Thurber wrote nearly forty books, including collections of essays, short stories, fables, and children’s stories. He won a Tony Award for his popular Broadway play, A Thurber Carnival.

 

Marc Simont (1915-2013) illustrated nearly a hundred books. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss’s The Happy Day, and in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry. He is the illustrator for The New York Review Children’s Collection books The Backward Day and The Wonderful O.

 

Neil Gaiman is an award-winning author of novels, short stories, children's books, and graphic novels. Among his works are the children's books Coraline, The Wolves in the Walls, and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish; the Sandman graphic novels series; and the fantasy novels Stardust and Smoke and Mirrors. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.

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Gold Gato, July 26, 2015 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
"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. 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?

This is a tale to be read to the youngsters, although adults may also enjoy it. 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. But the New York Review Children's Collection has made this a tough book to walk past, with the holiday red binding and front cover artwork. For those interested, Neil Gaiman takes care of the introduction.

Book Season = Autumn (things that squish in the dark)
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kryptique, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by kryptique)
This timeless classic children's book appeals to all ages. The language is lyrical, hauntingly beautiful, and melodic. It has the appeal of an unknown fairy tale with snippets of wit, humor, and wisdom. I've read this so many times it frequents my dreams and I still love every page.
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Natalya , March 20, 2014 (view all comments by Natalya )
I read this book when I was nine or ten years old (twice). It was a great untraditional fairytale. I also read Thurber's "The Wonderful O" a few years later. If you want your child to enjoy literature, real literature from way back when, I definitely recommend this book. I plan on buying a copy for my younger sisters. It has been years since I've read this book but I still recall the Golux with his very describable beard and indescribable hat. Thurber has lots of good reads for kids/teens and adults. His short stories with morals are great too. This book introduced me to a series of other books by Thurber because I loved it so much. My childhood best friend, Willow, gave me this book and I've been forever grateful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590172759
Author:
Thurber, James
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Introduction by:
Gaiman, Neil
Introduction:
Gaiman, Neil
Illustrator:
Simont, Marc
Author:
Various
Author:
Simont, Marc
Author:
Gaiman, Neil
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Subject:
Time
Subject:
Clocks and watches
Subject:
Uncles
Subject:
Animals - Cats
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
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Subject:
fiction;fantasy;children s;humor;fairy tales;children;fairy tale;children s literature;novel;young adult;magic;ya;clocks;american;children s fiction;adventure;juvenile;children s book;princess;classic;time;kids;thurber;marc simont;classics;literature;yout
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
B/W AND COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
136
Dimensions:
8.26x6.42x.58 in. .80 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 136 pages New York Review of Books - English 9781590172759 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Like so many other fairy tales, The 13 Clocks has a wicked duke, a beautiful princess, and a prince in disguise. But I've never read another book that has a Golux. In fact, I've never read another book like this one. Adults will laugh at the wordplay, and kids will love the story. After being out of print for many years, this new version features an introduction by Neil Gaiman.

"Review" by , "The 13 Clocks is especially wonderful."
"Review" by , "There are spys, monsters, betrayals....Thurber gives the proceedings his own particular deadpan spin...It all makes for a rousing concoction of adventure, humor and satire that defies any conventional classification."
"Review" by , "My exemplary Thurber fairy tale is The 13 Clocks...a small masterpiece of respectful travesty honors the whole spectrum of the traditions."
"Synopsis" by , Once upon a time, in a gloomy castle on a lonely hill, where there were thirteen clocks that wouldnt 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 he was awake, which made it difficult for him to pick up pins or coins or the kernels of nuts, or to tear the wings from nightingales.

So begins James Thurbers sublimely revamped fairy tale, The 13 Clocks, in which a wicked Duke who imagines he has killed time, and the Dukes beautiful niece, for whom time seems to have run out, both meet their match, courtesy of an enterprising and very handsome prince in disguise. Readers young and old will take pleasure in this tale of love forestalled but ultimately fulfilled, admiring its upstanding hero (”He yearned to find in a far land the princess of his dreams, singing as he went, and possibly slaying a dragon here and there”) and unapologetic villain (”We all have flaws,” the Duke said. “Mine is being wicked”), while wondering at the enigmatic Golux, the mysterious stranger whose unpredictable interventions speed the story to its necessarily happy end.

"Synopsis" by , James Thurber (1894—1961), one of the outstanding American humorists and cartoonists of the twentieth century, was born in Columbus, Ohio, and launched his professional writing career as a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch in 1920. He began writing for The New Yorker in 1927 after his friend E. B. White got him a job at the magazine. Though hampered by failing eyesight, Thurber wrote nearly forty books, including collections of essays, short stories, fables, and children’s stories. He won a Tony Award for his popular Broadway play, A Thurber Carnival.

 

Marc Simont (1915-2013) illustrated nearly a hundred books. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss’s The Happy Day, and in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry. He is the illustrator for The New York Review Children’s Collection books The Backward Day and The Wonderful O.

 

Neil Gaiman is an award-winning author of novels, short stories, children's books, and graphic novels. Among his works are the children's books Coraline, The Wolves in the Walls, and The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish; the Sandman graphic novels series; and the fantasy novels Stardust and Smoke and Mirrors. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.

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