Books: Please Yourself

THE THIRTEEN CLOCKS (124 pp.)—James Thurber—51mon & Schuster ($2.50).

Once upon a time there were 13 clocks that wouldn't run. A cold, aggressive Duke had killed time seven years before, wiped his bloody blade upon his beard, and left time lying there on the cold stones of Coffin Castle, bleeding hours & minutes, while he hurried off in search of a kitten to tear apart or a handsome young prince to feed to his geese.

Alas, the geese were very fat, for many a princeling came seeking the hand of the Princess Saralinda, the winsome...

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