Has anyone else read Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban? It is unique, and Hoban did manage to put the reader in a very different and sad place. It's haunting, yet--I did not enjoy reading it. The language is intentionally different and garbled, since this story takes place a couple thousand years after a nuclear holocaust. And the message, in part, seems to be that we humans just can't be trusted; the climax of this book is the reinvention of gunpowder. Oh, and it takes place in Canterbury, which I thought was clever. Hoban's story was inspired by a painting of the legend of Saint Eustace at Canterbury Cathedral and is easier to read than The Canterbury Tales. That is very reassuring, I know. Heh.
Anyway, this is our scary bookgroup selection, and it is MY FAULT. I can explain. I knew that this other member really really loved this book and really really wanted us to discuss it some time, and I wasn't expecting people to look my way for this decision, so I blindly said, 'let's go with the one CC's been wanting to read.' I knew not what I was doing, and perhaps I will be banned from ever picking another one. That would be okay.
That said, Riddley Walker won lots of awards and is highly thought of, and it is a talented work, but it's not all that much fun to read. So. If you've read Riddley Walker, give me the business: