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ISBN13: 9780253212344
ISBN10: 0253212340
Condition: Student Owned
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A brilliant, unique, and completely realized work of fiction, Riddley Walker — first published in 1980 — is set in a remote future in a post-nuclear holocaust England (Inland), where humanity has regressed to an iron-age, semi-literate state, represented by a language created especially by Hoban for the book.

Review:

"This is what literature is meant to be." Anthony Burgess

Review:

"An imaginative intensity that is rare in contemporary fiction." Time

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

"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.

About the Author

Russell Hoban is the author of over sixty books for children, including Bedtime for Frances and its five sequels. He lives in London, England.

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Maryam, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by Maryam)
This book by Russell Hoban continues to speak loudly to us of our culture's flirtation with destruction. Hoban uses language here in magical and disturbing ways to invite us to consider what has meaning for us personally amidst the culture that we have cobbled and scrapped together out of the remnants of the past. If it is slow going for you at first, find someone you can read it aloud to (or who will read it to you) - this is a book you can return to and grow with.
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Magnet, September 9, 2009 (view all comments by Magnet)
A slow read -- written language has been almost lost, so Riddley often spells words phonetically --- but it's an amazing story told perfectly.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780253212344
Author:
Hoban, Russell
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
England
Subject:
Slaves -- England -- Canterbury -- Fiction.
Subject:
Nuclear warfare -- Fiction.
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Europe; Fiction; Literature and Literary Studies
Edition Number:
Expanded ed.
Edition Description:
Expanded Edition
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 bandw photos, 3 figures
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.67 in

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Product details 256 pages Indiana University Press - English 9780253212344 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is what literature is meant to be."
"Review" by , "An imaginative intensity that is rare in contemporary fiction."
"Review" by , "Extraordinary....Suffused with melancholy and wonder, beautifully written, Riddley Walker is a novel that people will be reading for a long, long time."
"Synopsis" by , "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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