Turtle Diary

byRussell HobanIntroduction byEd Park

June 11, 2013|
Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban
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In this wise and touching classic by the author of Riddley Walker, two lonely Londoners bond over a plan to free the sea turtles at the city zoo.

Life in a city can be atomizing, isolating. And it certainly is for William G. and Neaera H., the strangers at the center of Russell Hoban’s surprisingly heartwarming novel Turtle Diary. William, a clerk at a used-book store, lives in a rooming house after a divorce that has left him without home or family. Neaera is a successful writer of children’s books, who, in her own estimation, “looks like the sort of spinster who doesn’t keep cats and is not a vegetarian. Looks…like a man’s woman who hasn’t got a man.” Entirely unknown to each other, they are both drawn to the turtle tank at the London zoo with “minds full of turtle thoughts,” wondering how the turtles might be freed. And then comes the day when Neaera walks into William’s bookstore, and together they form an unlikely partnership to make what seemed a crazy dream become a reality.
Russell Hoban (1925–2011) was the author of more than seventy books for children and adults. Hoban worked as a commercial artist and advertising copywriter before embarking on a career as a children’s author while in his early thirties. During the 1960s Hoban and his wife, Lillian, worked at a prodigious rate, producing as many as six ...
Title:Turtle DiaryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 7.98 X 5.04 X 0.45 inShipping dimensions:208 pages, 7.98 X 5.04 X 0.45 inPublished:June 11, 2013Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1590176464

ISBN - 13:9781590176467

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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