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Riddley Walker

Hoban, Russell (Book - 1998 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Riddley Walker

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"A hero with Huck Finn's heart and charm, lighting by El Greco and jokes by Punch and Judy.... Riddley Walker is haunting and fiercely imagined and--this matters most--intensely ponderable." --Benjamin DeMott, The New York Times Book Review "This is what literature is meant to be." --Anthony Burgess "Russell Hoban has brought off an extraordinary feat of imagination and style.... The conviction and consistency are total. Funny, terrible, haunting and unsettling, this book is a masterpiece." --Anthony Thwaite, Observer "Extraordinary... Suffused with melancholy and wonder, beautifully written, Riddley Walker is a novel that people will be reading for a long, long time." --Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World "Stunning, delicious, designed to prevent the modern reader from becoming stupid." --John Leonard, The New York Times "Highly enjoyable... An intriguing plot... Ferociously inventive." --Walter Clemons, Newsweek "Astounding... Hoban's soaring flight of imagination is that golden rarity, a dazzlingly realized work of genius." --Jane Clapperton, Cosmopolitan "An imaginative intensity that is rare in contemporary fiction.' --Paul Gray, Time Riddley Walker is a brilliant, unique, completely realized work of fiction. One reads it again and again, discovering new wonders every time through. Set in a remote future in a post-nuclear holocaust England (Inland), Hoban has imagined a humanity regressed to an iron-age, semi-literate state--and invented a language to represent it. Riddley is at once the Huck Finn and the Stephen Dedalus of his culture--rebel, change agent, and artist. Read again or for the first time this masterpiece of 20th-century literature with new material by the author.
Authors: Hoban, Russell
Title: Riddley Walker
Publisher: Bloomington :, Indiana University Press,, 1998
Edition: Expanded ed
Characteristics: 235 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: afterword, notes, and glossary by Russell Hoban
ISBN: 9780253212344
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOBAN 1998
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Report This Feb 22, 2013
  • Rasputin45 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Probably the most difficult post apocalyptic book I have read recently, using jargon makes it sometimes hard to understand what is going on, or what the point is. Sort of James Joyce-y. I felt like there was a deeper meaning here that I missed.

Report This Feb 28, 2012
  • biblioholic rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A masterpiece of post-apocalyptic SF. As scissorsnglue comments, this is a difficult book to work through. Books demand something of you. For the overwhelming majority of them, that "something" is not worth it. Riddley Walker is one of the (regrettably few) exceptions. It demands a lot, and returns it with interest.

Report This Sep 06, 2011
  • scissorsnglue rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a challenge to read and stick to, but worth persisting with the strange future dialect of English. If you enjoy languages generally, you will be able to pick it up as you go, though there are websites to help you interpret what is going on. Like a Shakespeare play, you hardly notice that slowly you've started understanding the plot and the detail, and that you are well caught up in the book. And there is magic to be found, beautiful descriptions such as Riddley running with the dogs, and his travels through post apocalyptic England.


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