Riddley Walker

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15.24mm | 318g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Enlarged
  • Enlarged edition
  • 1 b&w photos, 3 figures
  • 0253212340
  • 9780253212344
  • 207,869

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"Russell Hoban's 'Riddley Walker' is that rare novel that can be loved by doomster geeks and literary readers alike. It's narrated in a language burnt to its rudiments by nuclear holocaust and revived into new forms by survivors in England who live as hunters, and who believe in a past that's half history, half myth." -Michael Helm, Nuvo "Off the Shelf", Summer 2008
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About Russell Hoban

Russell Hoban (1925-2011) is the author of numerous children's books, including The Mouse and His Child. Other adult novels include The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz, Kleinzeit, Turtle Diary, and Pilgermann.
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Rating details

7,246 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 44% (3,175)
4 30% (2,155)
3 16% (1,124)
2 7% (484)
1 4% (308)
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