"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.
Can't read it, want to but I know how to spell and it hurts by ability to read this.Published 10 days ago by Bri and Doug
First, as many of the reviews point out, the book is written in a future vernacular, a devolved sort of English. It takes some getting used to. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bob Gomez
I don't normally write reviews, but this book is too beyond amazing. It is a grand adventure, but definitely not for the fainthearted. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Betty L.
The language is the best part. It is like a puzzle trying to figure it out. The story is grim, like so many of its type.Published 3 months ago by Carol Mannchen
After reading all the "glowing" reviews about this book, I took a chance and read it. I'm glad that the author had sense enough to trim it down from the original 500 pages since... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Weazer45
This book right here almost killed my love of reading. After translating the language and trying to figure out what was going on and seeing nothing at about the halfway point I put... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Aaron Winfree
Right up front, let me be clear....I'm probably prejudiced against the "riddleyspeak" this is written in, since I teach upper elementary special ed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Wilson
Haven't read the book yet... but I love Hoban, so it should be fine. I love the edition and all the things in it, plus it is a great size for a bookshelf. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Wallace
Reading this book without having first scanned some reviews would have left me frustrated with the apparently intentional language manipulations. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SidBread