Riddley Walker

Riddley Walker

eBook - 1990
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Describes Riddley Walker's attempt to understand the past and present of a world which continues to exist two thousand years after the ultimate catastrophe

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 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.



Publisher: New York : Summit Books, 1990
Copyright Date: ©1980
ISBN: 9780253008510
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Rasputin45
Feb 21, 2013

Probably the most difficult post apocalyptic book I have read recently, using jargon makes it sometimes hard to understand what is going on, or what the point is. Sort of James Joyce-y. I felt like there was a deeper meaning here that I missed.

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biblioholic
Feb 28, 2012

A masterpiece of post-apocalyptic SF. As scissorsnglue comments, this is a difficult book to work through. Books demand something of you. For the overwhelming majority of them, that "something" is not worth it. Riddley Walker is one of the (regrettably few) exceptions. It demands a lot, and returns it with interest.

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