—Russell Hoban, Pilgermann (1983)
If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time.
—Russell Hoban, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (1973)
She sang the song very softly:
I do not like the way you slide,
I do not like your soft inside,
I do not like you lots of ways,
And I could do for many days
“What did you say, Frances?” asked Father.
“Nothing,” said Frances, spreading jam on another slice of bread.
“Why do you keep eating bread and jam,” asked Father, “when you have a lovely soft-boiled egg?”
“One of the reasons I like bread and jam,” said Frances, “is that it does not slide off your spoon in a funny way.”
—Russell Hoban, Bread & Jam for Frances (1964)
Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker:
Its some kynd of thing it aint us but yet its in us. Its looking out thru our eye hoals. May be you dont take no noatis of it only some times. Say you get woak up suddn in the middl of the nite. 1 minim youre a sleap and the nex youre on your feet with a spear in your han. Wel it werent you put that spear in your han it wer that other thing whats looking out thru your eye hoals. It aint you nor it dont even know your name. Its in us lorn and loan and sheltering how it can.
…swimming, swimming, the eye held by the sun, no sharks in the mind, nothing in the mind.
—Russell Hoban, Turtle Diary (1975)