Turtle Diary

Turtle Diary


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ISBN-13: 9781590176467
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 06/11/2013
Series: NYRB Classics Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,233,585
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Russell Hoban (1925–2011) was the author of more than seventy books for children and adults. Hoban worked as a commercial artist and advertising copywriter before embarking on a career as a children’s author while in his early thirties. During the 1960s Hoban and his wife, Lillian, worked at a prodigious rate, producing as many as six books in a single year—many inspired by life with their own children—including six stories about Frances the badger, The Little Brute Family, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, and The Sorely Trying Day (published by the New York Review Children’s Collection). Among Hoban’s novels for adults are Turtle Diary, Riddley Walker, The Bat Tattoo, and My Tango with Barbara Strozzi. He lived in London from 1968 until his death in December 2011.
Ed Park is a founding editor of The Believer and a former editor of the Voice Literary Supplement and the Poetry Foundation. His debut novel, Personal Days, was published in 2008 and was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. He is currently an editor at Penguin Press. He lives in New York City.

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Turtle Diary 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Turtle Diary is alternating diary entries about a singular subject. Two lonely Londoners are captivated by three sea turtles at the London Zoo. William G. and Neaera H. both write about how lonely they look and what it would be like to free them from captivity. Soon their fascination turns to a mutual obsession and wordlessly they begin to hatch a plan...with the inside help of a zoo keeper. What is remarkable about William and Neaera is their ability to rationalize their off-kilter worlds. The way they think, feel, and interact with the relationships around them is poignant and sad.
isabelx on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I think of the turtles swimming steadily against the current all the way to Ascension. I think of them swimming through all that golden-green water over the dark, over the chill of the deeps and the jaws of the dark. And I think of the sun over the water, the sun through the water, the eye holding the sun, being held by it with no thought and only the rhythm of the going, the steady wing-strokes of the flippers in the water. Then it doesn¿t seen hard to believe. It seems the only way to do it, the only way in fact to be : swimming, swimming, the eye held by the sun, no sharks in the mind, nothing in the mind.Two strangers, William G. and Neaera H., become obsessed with freeing the sea turtles at London Zoo, and the head reptile keeper agrees to help them do it. Both lonely and living aimless lives, they are gripped by the long journey of the sea turtles across the oceans, and the fact that the turtles know exactly where they are going and can navigate their way across vast oceans to one particular small island. It is quite a sad book, about two people whose plotting doesn¿t bring them closer together, as they realise that they are too similar to be a good fit, but by the end of the book there are some hopeful signs for their future. I enjoyed it a lot.
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