Riddley Walker

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A 20th century masterpiece, and a tour de force of imagination, history, and psychology—with introduction and afterword by Adam Roberts and David Mitchell

Set in a postapocalyptic England, this classic tells the tale of one 12-year-old boy and his journey through the ruins of civilization. After the death of his father in an accident, Riddley must become a man. But his inquiring mind and strange ways set him apart from his people, and when he discovers a relic of ...

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Overview

A 20th century masterpiece, and a tour de force of imagination, history, and psychology—with introduction and afterword by Adam Roberts and David Mitchell

Set in a postapocalyptic England, this classic tells the tale of one 12-year-old boy and his journey through the ruins of civilization. After the death of his father in an accident, Riddley must become a man. But his inquiring mind and strange ways set him apart from his people, and when he discovers a relic of the old time, he sets in motion a chain of events that may well lead to the end of the world (again). Written in a remarkable and rewarding language, this is a book that repays rereading again and again.

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"...one of the most ingenious novels ever written." —The Seattle Times
John Leonard
Stunning, delicious, designed to prevent the modern reader from becoming stupid. -- New York Times
Michael Dirda
Extraordinary...Suffused with melancholy and wonder, beautifully written, Riddley Walker is a novel that people will be reading for a long, long time. -- Washington Post Book World
Paul Gray
An imaginative intensity that is rare in contemporary fiction. -- Time
Anthony Thwaite
Russell Hoban has brought off an extraordinay feat of imagination and style. . . . The conviction and consistency are total. Funny, terrible, haunting and unsettling, this book is a masterpiece. -- Observer
Asimov's Science Fiction
Asuredly one of the latterday classics of SF....[A]n essential part of any SF collection.
Asimov's Science Fiction
Asuredly one of the latterday classics of SF....[A]n essential part of any SF collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780575119512
  • Publisher: Gollancz, Victor Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Series: SF Masterworks Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 316,881
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Hoban (1925–2011) is the author of more than 50 books and is well-known for his fantasy fiction and his series of children's books about Frances, including Bedtime for Frances. For Riddley Walker, he won a John W. Campbell Memorial Award, an Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award, and was shortlisted for a Nebula Award. Adam Roberts is a novelist whose titles include By Light AloneThe Dragon with the Girl TattooGradisil, I Am Scrooge, JacNew Model ArmySalt, Swiftly, and Yellow Blue Tibia. His work has been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. David Mitchell is the acclaimed author of Cloud Atlas and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet. He has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
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