Russell Hoban - Turtle Diary

Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker is one of my favorite novels. Turtle Diary, however, did little to excite me. Toggling between the perspectives of a middle-aged divorced man sharing a flat with fellow loners, and a female middle-aged children's book writer, the book shows the two to have similar minds and thoughts. They even team up to liberate turtles from the zoo and release them into the ocean. But whatever spark there was soon fizzles and the two go their separate ways, each somewhat changed but not unburdened of their problems. I found this short novel too dreary and too uneventful.
Posted by cronopio at 02:27 AM, May 26, 2004