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Clocks   By: (1859-1927)

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Jerome K. Jerome's "Clocks" is a delightful and thought-provoking journey through time and the intricacies of human existence. From the onset, the author's wit and sharp observational skills keep the readers engaged and entertained.

Set in a small town, the story revolves around a peculiar occurrence where the clocks in the town tick backward instead of forward. As the townspeople grapple with this unprecedented phenomenon, the narrative takes us on a charming exploration of the human experience and our relationship with time.

One of the highlights of the book is Jerome's ability to seamlessly blend humor with astute social commentary. Through his witty and often satirical writing, he skillfully holds up a mirror to society, shining a light on our collective obsession with time and the absurdity of our often self-imposed deadlines and schedules.

But beyond the humor and social critique, "Clocks" also offers poignant reflections on the deeper aspects of human existence. It delves into the complexities of relationships, the impact of regret and missed opportunities, and the constant struggle to find meaning in our fleeting lives.

Jerome's characters are wonderfully crafted, each with their unique quirks and flaws. From the pragmatic yet curiously philosophical clockmaker to the introspective barmaid who questions the meaning of love, the novel presents a rich tapestry of personalities that resonate with the readers on a profound level.

The author's prose is superb, combining a light and accessible writing style with moments of poetic beauty. His descriptions of the town and its inhabitants evoke a vivid sense of place, while the dialogue crackles with wit and charm. It is a testament to Jerome's talent that he can effortlessly transport the readers into the heart of the narrative and keep them captivated until the very end.

If there is one criticism of "Clocks," it is the occasional plot detours that can distract from the main storyline. The meandering subplots and digressions, while entertaining in their own right, sometimes interrupt the overall flow of the book. Yet, these minor hiccups are easily forgiven as they add an extra layer of depth and dimension to the narrative.

In conclusion, "Clocks" is a remarkable piece of literature that combines humor, social commentary, and philosophical musings with a touch of magic. Jerome K. Jerome's wit and insight shine through every page, making this a truly memorable and enjoyable reading experience. Whether you're a fan of comedy, satirical fiction, or simply in search of a thought-provoking tale, this book is a must-read.

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By Jerome K. Jerome

Transcriber's Note:

1. Italicized phrases are delimited by the underline character.

2. Hyphens have been left in the text only where it was the clear intention of the author. For example, throughout the text, "tonight" and "tomorrow" appear as "to night" and "to morrow". This is intentional, and is not simply a legacy of words having been broken across lines in the printed text.

3. The pound (currency) symbol has been replaced by the word "pounds".


There are two kinds of clocks. There is the clock that is always wrong, and that knows it is wrong, and glories in it; and there is the clock that is always right except when you rely upon it, and then it is more wrong than you would think a clock could be in a civilized country.

I remember a clock of this latter type, that we had in the house when I was a boy, routing us all up at three o'clock one winter's morning. We had finished breakfast at ten minutes to four, and I got to school a little after five, and sat down on the step outside and cried, because I thought the world had come to an end; everything was so death like!

The man who can live in the same house with one of these clocks, and not endanger his chance of heaven about once a month by standing up and telling it what he thinks of it, is either a dangerous rival to that old established firm, Job, or else he does not know enough bad language to make it worth his while to start saying anything at all... Continue reading book >>

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