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As mentioned before, my introduction to a new edition of Russell Hoban’s Turtle Diary compares it to “Eleanor Rigby.” A version of the essay can now be read at Slate.
Lovely, Ed. You’ve been extolling this book for years and finally the chance came to release your pent-up ecstasies. Top of my list of things to do this day, my free Sunday in New York: Go up to Barnes & Noble and pick up a copy of Turtle Diary.
For those of you who may not know it (because he is modest), Ed is a heavy hitter: one of the best critics in America right now. If he lends his nod to something, you pay attention.
Sorry, Turtle Diaries!
Actually you were right the first time — Turtle Diary, singular!
I wonder how this fits into MG’s musings on “Transatlantic” art. The two narrators are British, but Hoban was American — he moved to London in the ’60s and wound up spending half his life there
Picked up a copy at the Strand a couple hours ago (along with VN’s Original of Laura in the shrink-wrap!) and read your intro in full. I especially liked your presaging of an adult theme in Hoban’s much earlier children’s book about Frances.
Riddley Walker has defeated me more than once.