Riddley Walker: Afterword, Notes, and Glossary

Riddley Walker: Afterword, Notes, and Glossary

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by Russell Hoban
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0253212340

ISBN-13: 9780253212344

Pub. Date: 09/01/1998

Publisher: Indiana University Press

"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

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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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ISBN-13:
9780253212344
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
Expanded Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,173,491
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

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Contents

Riddley Walker,
Afterword,
Notes,
Glossary,

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Riddley Walker: Afterword, Notes, and Glossary 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MJSed More than 1 year ago
Once you get past the dialect, this book is actually very interesting. It's been compared to A Clockwork Orange because of the language, but it's actually much more dense.
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Riddley Walker is a true gem. Odd and vivid. I discovered it quite by accident, and I am an avid reader and watcher of science fiction. I had never heard of the book or its author before, but I was spellbound. It's basically a novel that falls into the post-apocalyptic, dystopian world genre. It takes place in the former British Isles (geography seems altered somewhat in this future-time), generations after some major catastrophe has rocked the citizens of earth back to a sort of hunter-gatherer age. I will say nothing more about the plot, as I've perhaps said too much already--part of the thrill is the way the story unfolds, and the way you as a reader will slowly uncover Hoban's meanings. His language is exquisite--it's very dense and poetic, comparable in difficulty to Morrison or Faulkner or Joyce or Tolkien. It will take a while for your ears to adjust to Hoban's brilliantly constructed new language, but once you do you'll be set for the wonderful journey this novel provides. It's witty--highbrow enough for those that take notice of the highbrow, but also moves quickly enough to engage the masses more interested in action. It feels important, and I don't get that notion from a lot of books. Sci-fi fans will notice the resonances this book has with other post-apocalyptic stories. The Mad Max/Mel Gibson movies, for example, seem to owe a debt to this novel. The novel predates, I think, that trilogy, so I wonder if the filmmakers knew of Hoban's work? In any case, read this novel. I may be wrong about it, but I don't think so.