…of a blog post.
That caught your eye, didn’t it?
Well, like all things in marketing, blog post titles can be somewhat deceptive. This one included. Although it is going to literally be a teaser post, perhaps not quite in the way it may suggest to certain mindsets. After all this is, predominantly, a family blog.
So, what would I tease you about? Hmm. Tough question.
My kids? Nope, that’s mostly moved over to The Patch.
My fitness regime? Nope, that’s currently in tatters.
That we won the lottery? Nope, that’s a never going to happen experience.
Travel? Oh, how I wish. It’s only four months, ten days to go before we go on holiday again. But who’s counting.
What the heck else do I write about? Certainly not about movies anymore. You’d need to actually have a life or a video store membership to do that. And as for wine, it simply doesn’t stay in the glass long enough these days to get notes of any sort of fruit, let alone hints of summer berries. Goodness, what could it be then?
Oh, yeah! Books.
My almost favourite topic, somewhere after my kids and somewhat equalish with travelling. It gets to be top dog since I don’t do nearly as much travelling as I do reading.
Sadly for the Oh Waily blog pretty much all of my blogging about books has moved over to 1001 Books these days since I need to keep up my reading of the list books in order to keep my end of the posting schedule up. But on occasion this has winkled out a wonderful experience. And that is what today’s post is about.
I had a wonderful reading experience this past couple of days and I am reviewing the book in question tomorrow over at 1001 Books. It is The 13 Clocks by James Thurber.
I am actually aware that promoting my book review on my own blog before that review is published over at the other blog is a bit, erm, unusual. I just got so excited when I had finished reading this book that I wanted to share it with everyone. It’s been a while since I have read a book that has made me want to tell everyone to get down to their library and check it out.
It was written and published in 1950, while Thurber was writing another book. It is quite magical. It is a children’s book, ostensibly, but there’s plenty for adult readers to enjoy. I can tell you that I will be heading out and finding, by hook or by crook, the other Thurber book on the list too – The Wonderful O.
I know we shouldn’t trust too much to critics and “blurbs” but I would agree wholeheartedly with the following plaudits:
It’s one of the great kids’ books of the last century. It may be the best thing Thurber ever wrote. It’s certainly the most fun that anybody can have reading anything aloud.
— Neil Gaiman
The 13 Clocks, first published in 1950, still deserves its reputation as a modern classic, and ranks as one of Thurber’s finest works….Thurber pioneers the postmodern, ironic fairy story.
— Publishers Weekly
Everyone who reads to their children knows…to read the stuff that you love, or that you love to roll off your tongue…I’d put in a personal endorsement for James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks here…
— The Guardian
I will go on about it again tomorrow, but thankfully not here. Do look it up in your local library if you haven’t already read it. If you have read it, then you know why I’ve written about it twice.
It is now on my wishlist at the lovely Book Depository. Fingers crossed for Christmas.