"Russell Hoban's 'Riddley Walker' is that rare novel that can be loved by doomster geeks and literary readers alike. It's narrated in a language burnt to its rudiments by nuclear holocaust and revived into new forms by survivors in England who live as hunters, and who believe in a past that's half history, half myth." —Michael Helm, Nuvo "Off the Shelf", Summer 2008
Russell Hoban (1925-2011) is the author of numerous children’s books, including The Mouse and His Child. Other adult novels include The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz, Kleinzeit, Turtle Diary, and Pilgermann.
There just wasn't much a story once I adjusted my inner ear to the language.
If you think you can read a whole book written like the above, you will enjoy the challenge of this amazing, poignant, and often humorous novel.
You can clearly see how it's possible for the world, characters, and language to evolve to what they are in the story.
Riddled Walker takes a place amongst my top 10. There is little to be said that has not been said, just read it.Published 9 days ago by Venus James
Some may find this set of stories hard to follow. I have a keen interest in Language and it didn't take long to pick up a full understanding of what was being said, and the subtext... Read morePublished 13 days ago by greyman
What do I expect from authors when I yield my time to them and listen to them speak? I expect to be told a story that moves me emotionally, that takes me into another world -... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ronh
One of the finest books ever written: I do not say that lightly. Hoban's flawless imagining of a post-apocalyptic vision dwells in the language of the narrator, a blasted geography... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. A. Laity
I love this book, friend lent it to me and I had to get my own. Everyone should read it!Published 6 months ago by Julianne RIeders
What can be said about Riddley Walker that hasn't been said already?
A towering linguistic achievement... Read more
so this is, with the Executioner's Song and mosquito Coast, one of the three great american novels of the second half of the twentieth century. Read morePublished 8 months ago by starfish123
Riddley Walker is a strange, poetic, apocalyptic picaresque. Written in a future-Dark Age dialect, the book is not for the faint-at-mind, but for those who love language,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by william traugott
Truly a masterpiece which has been referenced and reduplicated many times in the past 30 years but never surpassed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by drabauer