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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — "Repent, Harlequin! Rick Berry Illustrator. A rebel inhabits a world where conformity and punctuality are top priorities and the Ticktockman cannot accept the Harlequin's presence in his perfectly ordered world.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , 48 pages. Published October 1st by Underwood Books first published December More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about "Repent, Harlequin! Be the first to ask a question about "Repent, Harlequin! Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of "Repent, Harlequin! Oct 16, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: pres-sf , short-stories. In a future where humanity has become obsessed with timekeeping and punctuality, a single mysterious figure tries to make a change, by wasting everybody's time. Try reading that in a deep movie trailer voice. In this future we have become so obsessed with punctuality that tardiness has become a crime and t In a future where humanity has become obsessed with timekeeping and punctuality, a single mysterious figure tries to make a change, by wasting everybody's time.
In this future we have become so obsessed with punctuality that tardiness has become a crime and the duration of your tardiness will be deducted from your lifespan. The Harlequin is a superhero of sorts whose only powers are his imagination and defiance.
His acts of rebellion are silly public stunts that throw people off their work schedule and cause the unthinkable: delays. It was a tiny matter, one hardly worthy of note, but in a society where the single driving force was order and unity and promptness and clocklike precision and attention to the clock, reverence of the gods of the passage of time, it was a disaster of major importance. I don't want to post a download link when I am not sure of the story's copyright status.
View all 7 comments. The obverse side is today. That title, wow. Something as elegant as that title promises so much. If you aren't aware, then I encourage you to read a brief overview about harlequins on Wikipedia. My soul would be an outlaw. I can do nothing with it. Today, in a time obsessed with everyone being special, does this even make sense? The zeitgeist associated with the author's plea of acceptance over rigidity and sameness is nearly the other end of the pendulum swing.
Where people demand exemptions The obverse side is today. Where people demand exemptions regardless of need to validate how special they are. The performance of individuality is nearly as ridiculous as the conformity Ellison was railing against in this story. Anti-war, whispers of anarchism, state government oppression, mechanization and dehumanization, all are a part of this story, but it is not a call to arms.
There is a playfulness and irreverence instead, disruption not destruction. There are many allusions to both the time period and other great works of literature that make this into a mixed-form with didactic social commentary and fiction. It is concise, elegant, and makes evident why Ellison was awarded so many honors.
View all 6 comments. Harlan Ellison - thanks for warning us about the Ticktockman. Dec 26, Michael rated it it was ok Shelves: science-fiction , netgalley , dystopia , fantasy. In this republication of an old story by the author, a regimented futuristic utopia is presented. It is so dependent on timing and scheduling that one resident known as the Harlequin rebels against the boring order in favor of spontaneity and fantastical practical jokes. These activities throw schedules and productivity of the society seriously out of whack.
There is escalation on both sides as the Harlequin gains mysterious powers. I must be too jaded and dependent on plot and character develop In this republication of an old story by the author, a regimented futuristic utopia is presented.
I must be too jaded and dependent on plot and character development for this to register much joy on my pleasure meter. I remain curious about other more substantial work by Ellison, whom I have failed to read before this opportunity.
This story was provided by the publisher for review by the Netgalley program. View 1 comment. Apr 07, Andreas rated it it was amazing. What a title! That alone would deserve 5 stars - it covers the whole story with the result of the conflict between the main protagonists.
Full review at my blog. Apr 25, Manny rated it really liked it. Roughly, imagine as a big-budget comedy with a lot of CGI.
Oddly enough, it works, or at least I thought it did when I read this in my early teens. Apr 10, Brian Yahn rated it really liked it. What a bizarre story, but in a good way. Aug 07, Dimitri rated it liked it Shelves: sf-fantasy.
A masterful allegory, albeit a fatalistic one, that resonates with every comuter in the world. The 60's Hugo awards housed some prophecies that only became more serious in the age of social media.
A comically disturbing short story about time, time, time, the universe of time robots and the time rebel. Somehow I thought this was a book of stories, but no, it is just the one short story. A fairly nice parable about resistance to conformity.
Government has the power to shorten people's lives to punish them for being late, thus getting society to move smoothly and on time. Harlequin resits and is eventually brought down. But his resistance is not in vain. Dec 11, Liz Janet rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites. In this story, people live by a time limit, and once they reach it, they are turned off, and that becomes their death, and the sentence giver is referred as The Ticktockman.
That is left to the reader, and I am not sure of my answer. Why let them tell you to hurry and scurry like ants or maggots? Take your time! Saunter a while! Enjoy the sunshine, enjoy the breeze, let life carry you at your own pace! Dec 09, Eric rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Everyone -- it's short enough that if you didn't like it, I wouldn't feel bad having recommended it.
Shelves: dystopian , short-stories , science-fiction. I hunted this down after learning the Justin Timberlake sci-fi movie In Time was loosely based on this short story. Two quick points before my review of the short story: 1 After reading this and seeing the trailer to In Time , I can't see how they are related at all, other than that their themes both involve the concept of time as it is related to people. It seems to be a stretch, but hey, whatever.
“Repent Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman
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"Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman
Harlan Ellison's short story , "'Repent, Harlequin! The story was first collected in Paingod and Other Delusions in , and has been frequently anthologized over the years, appearing in Nebula Award Stories and The Essential Ellison: A Year Retrospective among other anthologies. Indeed, the story has been anthologized more than times since its first publication, and has been translated into many languages. In , Ellison and Rick Berry collaborated on a lavishly illustrated, oversized edition of the story, published by Underwood Press, with a new introduction by Ellison. The world of the Harlequin is one run by the Master Timekeeper, generally known as the Ticktockman. In this world, people are on time, or run the risk of having their lives shortened by the minutes of their tardiness.
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