Books: Newspell

RIDDLEY WALKER by Russell Hoban

Summit Books; 220 pages; $12.95

Those whose attention spans have shrunk to the length of a station break are going to find Riddley Walker easy to bypass. The novel's first sentence, for example, is not exactly a conventional grabber: "On my naming day when I come 12 I gone front spear and kilt a wyld boar he parbly ben the las wyld pig on the Bundel Downs any how there hadnt ben none for a long time befor him nor I aint looking to see none agen." Even patient readers are likely to riffle pages at this...

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