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Riddley walker

by Russell Hoban

Am I the only person to have read this weird little book It's set in a kind of post nuclear holocaust new iron-age where a tribal society tries to eke out a living in what was South East England. The oral history of the tribes is preserved by shamanic Punch Judy men, and their parables hint at what happened to society in the past. The whole book is written in a kind of broken english dialect and it's all quite dark and disturbing, as well as thought provoking.

Suggested by Pete Waterman, Wiltshire

Tagged with: disturbing ingenious

 

Comments

Read this years ago and enjoyed it, once you get past the dialect. As with most of Hobans writing it's thought provoking and off the beaten track. Recommend Kleinzeit, or Turtle Diary which was probably Hoban's biggest commercial success.
Indie Pattison
 

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