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Riddley Walker - Russell Hoban
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... show more
"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, TimeRiddley 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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780253212344 (0253212340)
ASIN: 253212340
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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Darth Pony
Darth Pony rated it
3.0 Pas The Sarvering Gallack Seas. . .
This book did my head in. To deliberately mangle punctuation, grammar, spelling, and syntax nearly beyond recognition is a lot harder than it sounds, and even harder still to come out with a cohesive, fascinating story at the end of it. Russel Hoban did it brilliantly. The world building is fantas...
Farnaz
Farnaz rated it
5.0 Riddley Walker
The language style (not writing but language) is very peculiar and unusual. This was done purposefully by the writer to show the future, long after the nuclear wars when there're left no social and cultural prerequisites to speak grammatically correct. So it may cause some confusion while reading bu...
Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it
4.0 Riddley Walker / Russell Hoban
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. Some ...
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spocksbro
spocksbro rated it
There’s a point in Riddley Walker where Riddley writes, “You try to word the big things and they tern ther backs on you,” which is a bit how I feel trying to write about this book. There are so many “big things” going on in it that it’s difficult to decide what to raise in a short review. But I will...
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