Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fangirl Summer Spotlight: WSJ Book Club Review : The 13 Clocks by James Thurber





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Final Review

I have to say over all this book was a mixed bag for me. I think because Neil feels so positively about it I expected to be totally blown away. I wasn't. I was however very entertained and i think I need to revisit this book at a later time. The illustrations by Marc Simont  are stunning and they really added to the atmosphere of the read. The rhymes in the novel are fabulous and I really feel like my next read should be out loud.

The most wonderful thing about this novel is that is that it doesn't shy away from the darker elements. The Duke is truly evil and motivated by selfish desires that lead to his downfall. I also loved the use of prophecy in the story and how it it all tied together in the end. It’s wonderful that Neil has been the reason that this book has found its way back into print and in the hands of new readers.


This is my 12th book for Coyer summer Vacation







Thanks to Neil Gaiman and the Wall Street Journal  Book Club I’ve discovered this wonderful book. It isn’t to late to join in with the reading and discussion using the #WSJbookclub hashtag. The book however is hard to find at bookstores so if you want it quickly order online.


Gaiman has fond memories of this book from his childhood so he chose it for the club. I will be using this post to share my thoughts on the book and answer the questions Neil posts to readers.


Chapters 1&2


The narrative of this book is enveloping. The narrator has a way with words. The book begs to be read aloud. There is a wonderful flow of observation and information. I’ve read passages over and over and so far I have to say my favorite character is Xingu the prince in disguise.


Neil’s Questions:

“Is this a happy or a sad book?’

Hmm. It is a Just So book. It is a reflection of life. happy and sad. Darkness ( The Duke ) existing side by side with the light.

“How does it make you feel?”

I feel swept away. Engrossed in the narrative and the characters.

How does Thurber get the effects that he gets?

I feel that Thurber uses the narration to guide the narration. He knows exactly where the story is going and uses the characters and situations to unfold the story.

“Who do you care about?”


“How Does he avoid becoming too silly?’

I think the Dukes Darkness keeps the book from being too silly, despite the strange words and poetic songs.

Looking forward to Chapter 3 and beyond!

1 comment:

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

I loved this as a child but haven't read it in decades. I should revisit it! I wonder where my old copy went?