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Musing Mondays: The Thirteen Clocks

April 14th, 2014 (02:22 pm)

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

Today's Musing
This was the first long, lazy morning of spring break, and for the first time in months, I read a book aloud to my son, who is 12. I had just started reading The Thirteen Clocks, by James Thurber, when I awoke this morning. And the language and rhythm of this short little volume just begs to be read aloud. My son was supposed to be spending a half-hour reading something on his own, but he didn't know what to read, so I paged back to the beginning and suggested I read aloud to him from my book.
Thurber - The 13 Clocks
The Thirteen Clocks is kind of a fairy tale, but it's told in a way that makes gentle fun of the conventions of the genre and the inconsistencies of the language. Even better, Thurber infuses his prose with elements of poetry: alliteration, repetition, and rhymes, This is an author who has fun with words:

"A soft finger touched his shoulder and he turned to see a little man shining in the moonlight. He wore an indescribable hat, his eyes were wide and astonished, as if everything were happening for the first time, and he had a dark, describable beard."

"The brambles and the thorns grew thick and thicker in a ticking thicket of bickering crickets."

Kids will love the rhymes, the cadence, and the magically silly story. Adults will love the wordplay, literary allusions (I noticed many nods to Shakespeare) and sly humor. It's a gem of a book!


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 15th, 2014 12:07 am (UTC)

How nice that you were off and had a good book to share.

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