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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, January 17, 2008
This review is from: Riddley Walker, Expanded Edition (Paperback)
I read Riddley Walker when it appeared (was it 1980?) and taught it soon after in an upper-division university class examining literature that imagined a nuclear holocaust. Wonderfully inventive language is only the most obvious attribute of this remarkable novel, one that I remember with affection and pleasure nearly 30 years after reading it. What's so marvelous is that Russell Hoban builds a memorable character and an even more memorable setting and situation on this language: words, character, setting, and ideas are inextricably linked. Embedded in a course of other readings connected in some way with a possible nuclear apocalypse, this book stood out as the most deeply imagined depiction of what such a future might be like, emotionally as well as materially. The character Riddley Walker and the novel's language are both irrepressible. They become the salvific tokens the reader holds in hand while also taking in Riddley Walker's all-too-real and convincing depiction of post-nuclear horror. This is a great book, truly.
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