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Riddley Walker, Expanded Edition Paperback – September 22, 1998
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"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
About the Author
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.
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Set in a distant dystopian future, "Riddley Walker" presents a world that's completely strange, yet disturbingly familiar. Walker's England ("Inland") has become a nearly illiterate, iron-age culture. Language has devolved... which provides a large part of the story's immersive quality. It's written in the first person by the title character. And it takes a little getting used to.
Riddley's world is a curious mix of hard practicality and superstition. The book presents unusual viewpoints that - in the story's context - almost begin to make complete sense.
This book says much about human nature and technology... but mostly, it's a rollicking good read.
Riddley ryts like thice and you mae fynd it hard to desifer, so youl hav to konsuntrait. He and hiz peapl r veree dffrunt frum us; thae r hard and brutl, but Riddley's werds r offen qwite funee.
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. The plot is not as important as the unique language, which speaks volumes about Riddley's life. Reading this book is a wonderful and rewarding experience!