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Riddley Walker, Expanded Edition

Riddley Walker, Expanded Edition
Author: Russell Hoban
ISBN 13: 9780253212344
ISBN 10: 253212340
Edition: Expanded Edition
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 1998-09-22
Format: Paperback
Pages: 254
List Price: $18.00

"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.

Anthony Thwaite

Russell Hoban has brought off an extraordinay feat of imagination and style. . . . The conviction and consistency are total. Funny, terrible, haunting and unsettling, this book is a masterpiece. -- Observer