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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st Edition edition (7 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747560226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747560227
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,756,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Bat Tattoo completes a trilogy of masterful late works," -- The Guardian, 5th October 2002

"a deep and thought-provoking novel." -- Books Quarterly, September, 2002

"humorous, playful and very enjoyable." -- Daily Mail, 11th October 2002

About the Author

Russell Hoban is the author of many extraordinary novels including TURTLE DIARY, RIDDLEY WALKER, ANGELICA'S GROTTO, and most recently AMARYLLIS NIGHT AND DAY. He has also written some classic books for children including THE MOUSE AND THE CHILD and the FRANCES books. He lives in London.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By pencil on 15 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
What a great book. I'd read, and adored, Riddley Walker and The Mouse and his Child (both as a kid and as an adult) and wanted to see what else Russell Hoban could do. Well, The Bat Tattoo isn't quite as stunning as those other two books (but then they are masterpieces) but it is startling, quirky, erudite, philosophical, funny, sad, written in great prose; asks the big questions about life and love; in short, bloody good. I've just gone and bought two more of his: what other recommendation do you need?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Pamphleteer on 19 Aug. 2008
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Quite something. It deserves a metric of 4.6 or 4.7 but cannot quite touch Fremder or Riddley Walker, which are beyond compare, or Pilgermann, which taps more resonant springs of those pesky human conditions (in my little mind at least). Like all Hoban love stories, this has a macabre sweetness to it, delivering loneliness and human frailty without cliche or over-wrought ironising. The metaphors are potent and the pay-off well worth the journey, neatly side-stepping an easy resolution. And as for the mechanical creations....well, I'll leave that as an inticement to find this book out for yourself, along with the bat tattoo.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sir Harold Woodbury on 28 Feb. 2008
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I read several of Hoban's books over 15 years ago and have always been seduced by the acutely human nature and predicaments of his characters and the way they speak directly to me in a way I can identify with. Reading The Bat Tattoo after all these years is like meeting an old friend and slipping easily back into the old familiarity and the sheer pleasure of the words. Of his other novels I have read, this is most like Turtle Diary, though my memory of that is now greatly confused by the Ben Kingsley film. Some of the classical references in The Bat Tattoo are not known to me but my enjoyment was not affected. An excellent read for people who like writing to have both a raw edge and a self conscious sensitivity.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By clive sheldon on 4 Dec. 2012
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this is a christmas gift hopiong he will like this book, it is difficult for me to review it it is still wrapped
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