Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman : The Classic Story

Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman : The Classic Story
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“My soul would be an outlaw,” begins the
storyteller in this short tale of the timeless war between
Conformity and Rebellion, in the guise of the Master
Timekeeper (a.k.a. the Ticktockman) and the renegade
Harlequin. In a completely regulated society, where being a
minute late here and there shortens your life accordingly,
the Ticktockman is king; Harlequin is the jellybean joker
who wants to knock him from his perch. Rick Berry’s dark,
lush illustrations magnify the force of a story that reminds
readers of the best parts of George Orwell’s 1984 or Terry
Gilliam’s Brazil.