The 13 Clocks - James Thurber
I first heard of this book from Neil Gaiman’s Blog, where he highly recommended it as one of the best stories he’s read and how he enjoys reading it out loud to his children. Also, he wrote an introduction for it, and really anything endorsed my Neil Gaiman is always something worth checking out in my opinion.
No idea where that original post is though, but you can always view Neil’s blog here.
So I head to Kino and get myself a copy. It’s a hard cover book, no dust cover, and I finish off this quaint tale in my bus ride home. It’s not a long tale, but it’s of a nice length for a relaxing read.
The 13 Clocks is a fairytale of sorts, it tells of a prince in disguise trying to win the hand of a princess from the hands of her evil uncle with the help of an unlikely and scatterbrained benefactor.
It seemed like a modern sort of story, then I check trusty wiki and find out the story was written in 1950?! Wow. I think the hallmark of truly great stories is that they transcend the ages and even reading it now, doesn’t feel dated at all.
I won’t spoil the story by summing it up, but I highly recommend this to anyone who like a light enjoyable read. Now I’m going to read it again and I’ll come back with my favourite quotes soon.