Trying to Save Piggy Sneed by John Irving

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This collection of seven stories, six of which had never been published before, was published three years before the American edition. Dust jacket design by Jeffrey Fisher.
 

About John Irving

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John Irving is the author of seven magnificent novels, all available in Ballantine paperbacks.  His most recent novel is A Prayer for Owen Meany.  He lives in Vermont.
 
Published January 1, 1993 by Random House of Canada. 250 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A concluding trio of essays written in homage to writers Irving admires includes a pedestrian "Introduction to A Christmas Carol" (written for a Modern Library reprint) and a longer piece in praise of "The King of the Novel," which attractively (if unoriginally) acknowledges the deeply formative ...

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Irving proves himself, once again, a garrulous and engaging raconteur in this collection of fiction and nonfiction divided into three sections: Memoirs, Fiction and Homage. In the last, while admiring

Jan 29 1996 | Read Full Review of Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

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Irving credibly captures the imagined fears of a child jolted out of sleep: "It seemed to Tom that the sound was definitely the sound of an armless, legless monster dragging its thick, wet fur."

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In the title essay (in which Irving relates his discovery of the powers of fiction-making), Piggy Sneed, the retarded garbage collector and pig farmer whose disappearance stimulates Irving's imagination, is harshly ridiculed: Sneed ``smelled worse than any man I ever smelled--with the possible ex...

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One of the stories, 'The Pension Grillparzer' is actually a chunk of The World According to Garp - or, as a woefully optimistic jacket-note puts it, 'was previously only to be found inside The World According to Garp, and is now given its first independent airing'.

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