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Home Russell Hoban Riddley Walker. The post-nuclear holocaust setting of the book is not essential to Riddley Walkers meaning or effects, because this is not a book about the past masquerading as one about the future
Home Russell Hoban Riddley Walker. The post-nuclear holocaust setting of the book is not essential to Riddley Walkers meaning or effects, because this is not a book about the past masquerading as one about the future. On the contrary, this is a book about the delusion of progress, a book about the confused collective dream that humanity terms ‘history’, a book about what consciousness might be. It is a grand book, a demanding book, a destabilising book.
Riddley Walker (1980) is a science fiction novel by Russell Hoban, first published in 1980. It won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel in 1982, as well as an Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award in 1983. It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1981. It is Hoban's best-known adult novel and a drastic departure from his other work, although he continued to explore some of the same themes in other settings.
This book was begun on May 14th, 1974 and completed on November 5th, 1979
This book was begun on May 14th, 1974 and completed on November 5th, 1979.
Riddley Walker is twelve years old, and at the outset of the book three remarkable things happen to him that seem to set him on a path toward mystery. First, on his "naming day"-the day he turns twelve-he kills a wild boar, and he notices the eyes of the leader of a wild dog pack watching him closely. The next night the "Eusa show" arrives at Riddley's settlement; Goodparley & Orfing, the "Pry Mincer" and the "Wes Mincer" stage the traditional puppet allegory depicting how a figure named Eusa a time long ago became greedy for "clevverness", using technology to pull the "Littl Shining Man" of the atom into two pieces.
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Riddley Walker is a brilliant, unique, completely realized work of fiction. One reads it again and again, discovering new wonders every time through.
Author: Russell Hoban. Publisher: Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1998. Riddley Walker is a brilliant, unique, completely realized work of fiction.
"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 andâ?this matters mostâ?intensely ponderable." â?Benjamin DeMott, The New York Times Book Review
"This is what literature is meant to be." â?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." â?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." â?Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World
"Stunning, delicious, designed to prevent the modern reader from becoming stupid." â?John Leonard, The New York Times
"Highly enjoyable... An intriguing plot... Ferociously inventive." â?Walter Clemons, Newsweek
"Astounding... Hoban's soaring flight of imagination is that golden rarity, a dazzlingly realized work of genius." â?Jane Clapperton, Cosmopolitan
"An imaginative intensity that is rare in contemporary fiction.' â?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 stateâ?and invented a language to represent it. Riddley is at once the Huck Finn and the Stephen Dedalus of his cultureâ?rebel, change agent, and artist. Read again or for the first time this masterpiece of 20th-century literature with new material by the author.
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