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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (Oct. 7 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074755904X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747559047
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,574,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albert C. Doyle on Dec 31 2003
Format: Paperback
I wish there were a sixth star available, to distinguish this monumental work from your ordinary everyday Oprah novels, Atonement or House of Sand and Fog or The Shipping News, e.g. Smart people I know put this book down after a few chapters, finding it too challenging and odd. Very smart people I know find it fascinating and memorable. The smartest people I know think it may be the finest book of the last quarter century.
I highly recommend reading the first three or four chapters, and then starting over, once you've mastered Riddley's dialect. Reading it aloud also helps. You will find yourself thinking and talking in Riddley-speak for months afterwards. And you will read it again and again, finding new marvels each time.
I can give no higher marks to any book since Zorba The Greek.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 19 2003
Format: Paperback
Many years after reading "Riddley Walker," what has stayed with me was Lissener's story "The Other Voyce Owl of the Worl." I can still recall nearly every word after reading it only once over 20 years ago.
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By Sheana Parker on March 26 2014
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Don't miss this book - takes a little effort to get into it, but more than worth it - really thought provoking.
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By steve u on Jan. 7 2013
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Nice book - cerebral and poetic.

If you read sci-fi for insights into human character, behaviour etc. you'll like this.

If you read sci-fi for ripping good yarns and action, you will not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Kendall on Sept. 28 2003
Format: Paperback
Aside from The Lord of the Rings, Hoban's Riddley Walker is the most imaginative piece of fiction I've ever read. This is a novel to savor, to prolong, if possible, to pore over, to backtrack upon, to celebrate.
Do not be put off by the post-apocalyptic plot description. This is not your father's Neville Schute story. Nor is it Stephen King. This is a multi-layered, cosmic, end of days tale, that far transcends all other entries in "the genre." Hoban has been compared to Joyce, but don't be put off by that either, if you struggled through Finnegan's Wake, as most do. This is accessible. Highly so. Sure, you have to invest some effort and if you are the type of reader who has to have everything conveyed immediately to you, you will not enjoy this work. Hoban is essentially playing a game with his reader. If you enjoy riddles ("Walker is my name and I am the same. Riddley Walker. Walking my riddles where ever theyve took me and walking them now on this paper the same."), Hoban will definitely keep you guessing. This is probably modern fiction's most "interactive" novel. The progressive revelations clue you in as you "walk" with Riddley through Inland (England). The path is so devious, yet so honest, at the same time, that you never want Riddley to seperate from you (a motif in the work) and you never want to lose his companionship.
Suffice it to say that I've been so obsessed over this book that I have joined a Hoban fan club and I can't wait to read more from this astounding author. If you can read updated Chaucer, you should have no difficulty grasping Riddley's vernacular, though there are some similarities to earlier English speech. Allow at least three chapters to get into the cadence and the inner logic of the "Riddley Speak.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 20 2000
Format: Paperback
After reading this review page, I was convinced I'd found the book that would be my next keeper. 5 days later, unfortunately, this was turned in to the used bookstore. I hate getting rid of books, and I had a difficult time deciding on this one, but it had to go.
Actually, the feature that would be most expected to turn someone away from this book, the dialect, was not the culprit. I found that fascinating, and trying to translate the words, locations, events, and legends into their proper contexts was very entertaining.
My problem was with the plot. It's extremely uneven. The first third of the book is very slow, maybe unnecessarily so, supplying a large amount of info on this future society's history, culture, etc. Then all of a sudden, things are moving at ten times that speed, characters and events fall in with too much convenience and not enough information, and the story loses its flow. Quite a disappointment, considering all the good things I've heard about it. Choose carefully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Earls on March 7 2000
Format: Paperback
I parbly wer preddy gud at speln bfor I redd this buk Riddley Walker an I parbly arn enny gud at it enny mor but thats ok. Cuz I wud rather be 1 wut redd this buk its amazn. The man Rusl Hoban wut rowt it he wer usin his maginatn he wer teln the tales. He has makt a wurl wut is prymevl an it wer in the futr at the sayme tym. The wurdz he makt em up also an we ken stil unnerstan em they iz frum us an is frum them 2. An he put the musik innit the wurdz 2. You shud jus by this buk an redd it. There is 1 trubba wid it ther arn enuf starz forit.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By t janega on June 9 2004
Format: Hardcover
To those who have difficulty reading this book, may I suggest reading it aloud? The language is English, written the way it sounds. The places named are mostly in Essex. It may be worth looking at a map. Riddley looks back at us the way some of us look back at Atlantis; without a clue. The story of Eusa setting the world on fire should make us all take a careful look at the present administration in Washington. This book reads like an eye-witness account of a post- apocalyptic future. So far beyond Russell Hoban's other works, its hard to believe it is by the same author. You will never look at a bottle of Jagermeister in the same way again. This book is what Canticle For Leibowitz might have been. Riddley Walker is perhaps the finest work of fiction I have ever read, and I have read more than one. Read this book and decide for yourself. Read this book.
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