Sunday, December 07, 2008
Best-Loved Books of 2008, #7: Favorite reissued classic
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The 13 Clocks by James Thurber (New York Review of Books)
(Bonus: great for kids, adults, and reading aloud!)
"We all have flaws," the Duke said. "Mine is being wicked." As you'd expect from James Thurber, this odd and original fairy tale is only partly for kids, and adults will find themselves cracking up at the one-liners, rooting for the cheeky Prince, shuddering at the horrifying Todal, and utterly satisfied by the reading experience. This is one for the ages, and I'm so glad NYRB had the wisdom to reissue it so I can gloat over its pleasures again.