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Russell Hoban (1925–2011)

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Russell Hoban was born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1925. He attended art school in Philadelphia and during World War II, he served in the Army and earned a Bronze Star. He taught art in New York and Connecticut, and also worked as an advertising copywriter and a freelance illustrator visa mer before beginning his career as a writer. He began publishing children's books in the late 1950s, including What Does It Do and How Does It Work?, Bedtime for Frances and the six other books featuring Frances, The Story of Hester Mouse Who Became a Writer, What Happened When Jack and Daisy Tried to Fool the Tooth Fairies, and The Mouse and His Child, which was adapted as an animated film in 1977. In 1973, he published his first adult novel, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz. His other books for adults include Turtle Diary, Pilgermann, and Ridley Walker. He received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award for Ridley Walker. He died on December 13 at the age of 86. In 2015 he made the Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist for his title Jim's Lion wth illlustrator Alexis Deacon. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
Foto taget av: Photograph courtesy of Lisa Greenstein, 2005.


Verk av Russell Hoban

Bread and Jam for Frances (1964) 3,593 exemplar
A Bargain for Frances (1970) 3,353 exemplar
Sängdags för Polly (1960) 3,088 exemplar
Best Friends for Frances (1969) 1,987 exemplar
Polly får en liten syster (1964) 1,680 exemplar
A Birthday for Frances (1968) 1,433 exemplar
Riddley Walker: Expanded Edition (1998) — Författare — 1,328 exemplar
Riddley Walker (1980) — Författare — 1,314 exemplar
Musen och hans barn (1967) 1,034 exemplar
Sköldpaddsdagbok (1975) 602 exemplar
Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas (1971) — Författare — 381 exemplar
The Mole Family's Christmas (1969) 359 exemplar
Pilgermann (1983) 338 exemplar
The Medusa Frequency (1987) 327 exemplar
Kleinzeit (1974) 297 exemplar
The Little Brute Family (1656) 181 exemplar
Amaryllis Night and Day (2001) 174 exemplar
Harvey's Hideout (1969) 173 exemplar
The Bat Tattoo (2002) 142 exemplar
Linger Awhile (2006) 138 exemplar
Fremder (1996) 135 exemplar
Angelica's Grotto (1999) 132 exemplar
Charlie the Tramp (1966) 123 exemplar
Monsters (1989) 113 exemplar
Her Name Was Lola (2003) 113 exemplar
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas [1977 TV movie] (1996) — Original story — 97 exemplar
The Sorely Trying Day (1964) 88 exemplar
Dinner at Alberta's (1974) 85 exemplar
Mr. Rinyo-Clacton's Offer (1998) 81 exemplar
Soonchild (2012) 80 exemplar
The Marzipan Pig (1986) 78 exemplar
Jim's Lion (2001) — Författare — 75 exemplar
The Sea-Thing Child (1972) 73 exemplar
Rosie's Magic Horse (2012) 73 exemplar
Come Dance With Me (2005) 72 exemplar
Nothing to Do (1964) 67 exemplar
My Tango with Barbara Strozzi (2007) 58 exemplar
Angelica Lost and Found (2010) 57 exemplar
Trouble on Thunder Mountain (1999) 55 exemplar
The Moment Under the Moment (1992) 55 exemplar
The Trokeville Way (1996) 54 exemplar
The Twenty-Elephant Restaurant (1978) 52 exemplar
Tom and the Two Handles (1965) 51 exemplar
Ace Dragon Ltd (1980) 45 exemplar
A Russell Hoban Omnibus (1999) 42 exemplar
La Corona and the Tin Frog (1821) 38 exemplar
The Frances Collection (2008) 38 exemplar
The Rain Door (1986) 33 exemplar
Arthur's New Power (1771) 29 exemplar
The Pedalling Man (1968) 23 exemplar
Jim Frog (1983) 17 exemplar
The Great Gumdrop Robbery (1981) 17 exemplar
M.O.L.E. (1747) 13 exemplar
The Dancing Tigers (1979) 13 exemplar
Ten What? (1973) 13 exemplar
Lavinia Bat (1984) 12 exemplar
The Flight of Bembel Rudzuk (1982) 12 exemplar
Herman the Loser (1961) 11 exemplar
Letitia Rabbit's String Song (1973) 10 exemplar
Ponders (1988) 9 exemplar
They Came from Aargh! (1981) 8 exemplar
The roar of the crowd; conversations with an ex-big-leaguer (1964) — Illustratör — 8 exemplar
The Serpent Tower (1981) 7 exemplar
Flat Cat (1980) 7 exemplar
Save my place, (1967) 6 exemplar
Ugly Bird (1969) 5 exemplar
The Song in My Drum (1962) 5 exemplar
Court of Winged Serpent (1994) 4 exemplar
Some snow said hello (1963) 3 exemplar
Henry and the Monstrous Din (1966) 3 exemplar
Goodnight (1969) 3 exemplar
Monster Film (1995) 2 exemplar
London men and English men, (1962) 2 exemplar
Leon boaz-jachin (1989) 1 exemplar
FANCY THAT! (2013) 1 exemplar
Gimmi e la Torre solitaria (1995) 1 exemplar
Frances (2021) 1 exemplar
Frances 1 exemplar
Dark Oliver 1 exemplar

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Household Tales {Crane} (1963) — Inledning, vissa utgåvor760 exemplar
The Family Read-Aloud Christmas Treasury (1989) — Bidragsgivare — 262 exemplar
Granta 28: Birthday: The Anniversary Issue (1989) — Bidragsgivare — 149 exemplar
Granta 42: Krauts! (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 130 exemplar
Granta 10: Travel Writing (1984) — Bidragsgivare — 88 exemplar
Granta 8: Dirty Realism (1983) — Bidragsgivare — 71 exemplar
Granta 13: After the Revolution (1984) — Bidragsgivare — 54 exemplar
Granta 5: The Modern Common Wind (1982) — Bidragsgivare, vissa utgåvor44 exemplar
Granta 9: John Berger, Boris (1983) — Bidragsgivare — 43 exemplar
Granta 3: The End of the English Novel (1980) — Bidragsgivare — 41 exemplar
Scary! 2: More Stories That Will Make You Scream (2001) — Bidragsgivare — 31 exemplar
The Wizard's Den: Spellbinding Stories of Magic & Magicians (2001) — Bidragsgivare — 23 exemplar
Puffin Annual: No. 1 (Puffin Books) (1974) — Bidragsgivare — 19 exemplar
The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children (1975) — Bidragsgivare — 15 exemplar
Murmurations: An Anthology of Uncanny Stories about Birds (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 8 exemplar
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, April 1975 (1975) — Bidragsgivare — 4 exemplar
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 11, July 1976 (1976) — Bidragsgivare — 3 exemplar
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 8, April 1976 (1976) — Bidragsgivare — 3 exemplar
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 1, September 1976 — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 5, January 1979 (1979) — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar
The Marizipan Pig [1990 TV episode] — Original book — 1 exemplar
Turtle Diary [1985 film] — Original story — 1 exemplar
Road Stories: New Writing Inspired by Exhibition Road (2012) — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar


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Children's book about clockwork mice i Name that Book (april 2009)


Wow, this is quite a book. Ridley Walker, the narrator of the story, is a 12 year old living in a post-apocalyptic East England. His language is a heavily distorted, and simplified, English (making some parts tricky to decipher), reflecting the essentially medieval society he lives in, 2000 years after The Bad Time.

Just about all knowledge from our time has been lost, but there are fragments of it echoed in nursery rhymes and folk tales that recur throughout the novel. Just as Riddley's language is a distorted echo of our English, with faux-amis-like homonyms revealing unintended meanings, the nursery rhymes and folk tales contain kernels of forgotten knowledge from the time before the apocalypse. This is done exceptionally well - while part of the fun of the book is trying to spot the origins of these folk stories, they are not the clumsy, direct allegories one might expect, but have the real ring of organic myth.

It is interesting that the society seems restrained by their knowledge of the pre-apocalyptic world. If they were starting from scratch you feel they'd make greater progress. As it is, they are trying to recreate what they knew we have without the necessary foundations, and so seem doomed to stagger around in fruitless circles (like an emergent religion based on fossilised world models, à la J. G. Frazer's The Golden Bough).

This, along with the depravation and sheer grimness of Riddley's world, and the inevitable power struggles and cruelty make the book a somewhat depressing, harrowing read with an underlying despair at the human condition. But then there are also definitely kernels of optimism, partly from the eponymous character's resilience, but also from the creativity evinced by their new myths and the emergent culture that comes from it.

Riddley Walker is a great book - linguistically rich and challenging, with a well-constructed future-primitive world with a convincing culture. Not always easy, but it grabbed me and kept me reading - even if, sometimes, only a couple of pages at a time. And as soon as I finished I wanted to go back and re-read sections of it - as well as look up other people's thoughts about the book (I haven't done that yet). There are so many characters, phrases and incidents which have firmly lodged themselves in my subconscious that Riddley Walker will stay with me for quite a while.
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thisisstephenbetts | 23 andra recensioner | Nov 25, 2023 |
Considering that the story is about the misadventures of a clockwork father mouse and child, and their encounters with various talking birds/animals, this is actually quite a dark tale and not at all twee. Instead, violence, death and squalor are evident in abundance, with a wry black comedy setting, such as the alternative society developed by rats in the dump, and the avant garde travelling player company run by crows. Similarly, a dog food label provides the philosophical linking theme, as the Last Visible Dog becomes the symbol for eternity.

A book that works on a number of levels, and I would've rated it more highly, only for me, it loses momentum once the eponymous characters start to achieve their goal of being reunited with the clockwork elephant and seal from the toyshop where they all began, and acquiring the dollhouse from there.
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kitsune_reader | 29 andra recensioner | Nov 23, 2023 |
This book is unique and brilliant. This is my second time through and I am as awed as I was the first time. Lillian Hoban's illustrations are a wonderful accompaniment. Appropriate reading for adults and those that might want to read to them..
dbsovereign | 29 andra recensioner | Oct 11, 2023 |
The classic funny story about a stubborn little badger with very particular tastes in food.

Frances is a fussy eater. In fact, the only thing she likes is bread and jam. She won't touch her squishy soft-boiled egg. She trades away her chicken-salad sandwich at lunch. She turns up her nose at boring veal cutlets.

Unless her parents can come up with a plan, Frances just might go on eating bread and jam forever!

Join the generations of families that have laughed along as Frances sings "Jam on biscuits, jam on bread, Jam is the thing I like most, Jam is sticky, jam is sweet, Jam is tasty, jam's a treat--raspberry, strawberry, gooseberry, I'm very FOND...OF...JAM!"… (mer)
PlumfieldCH | 71 andra recensioner | Sep 21, 2023 |


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Lillian Hoban Illustrator, Original story
Toni Goffe Illustrator
Quentin Blake Illustrator
Garth Williams Illustrator
Frank Oz Actor
James Marshall Illustrator
Nicola Bayley Illustrator
Sylvie Selig Illustrator
Jan Pienkowski Illustrator
Mary Chalmers Illustrator
Fred Marcellino Cover artist
Will Self Introduction
Tomas Gonzalez Translator
Nicolas Richard Translator
Dominic Harman Cover artist
Adam Roberts Introduction
David Mitchell Afterword
Ed Park Introduction
Rowena Morrill Cover artist
Patrick Benson Cover artist, Illustrator
Alexis Deacon Illustrator
Ian Andrew Illustrator
Abrom Hoban Illustrator
Betsy Lewin Illustrator
David Bowers Cover artist
Giulio Lughi Translator
Martin Baynton Illustrator


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