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A novel written in Riddleyspeak,
This review is from: Riddley Walker (Paperback)
Riddley Walker is a most unusual and rewarding novel! It is narrated by Riddley, who lives in what is left of England, about two thousand years after civilization as we know it was destroyed by a nuclear war. He describes some events that take place just after he turns twelve years of age. The remarkable feature of this book is that it is written entirely in "Riddleyspeak," a kind of pidgen English that has survived after all remnants of society and learning have disappeared. The people of Riddley's world live almost like animals, scratching out an existence, believing in superstition and legend, reduced to the most basic elements of survival. Riddley, on the other hand is semi-literate, thoughtful, and curious about the past and the future.
Riddley he ryts like this and it kan be vere hrd to desifer at tymz. You hav to read moast sentinses 2 or 3 tyms befor you understand, and even then, ther r refrenses to peapl and events that r nevr xplaned.
If you think you can read a whole book written like the above, you will enjoy the challenge of this amazing, poignant, and often humourous novel. The plot is not as important as the unique language, which speaks volumes about Riddley's life. Reading this book is a wonderful and rewarding experience!
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Initial post: 17 Dec 2011 08:44:14 GMT
Andrew Moss says:
Thanks. I nearly bought it.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2012 19:18:21 BDT
You should have done, Andrew Moss. The language soon becomes second nature, and the book (the plot) is important, powerful, deep & beautiful. One of our great novels , or novellas. No trubba
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2012 01:52:04 BDT
When this book came out, Riddleyspeak was like a foreign language to me, but now it's exactly the way people spell online. I think the message of the language was, indeed, powerful; that civilization had broken down completely and literacy was almost non-existant. I hope that hasn't become the case today.
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