Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

Book - 1997
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Random House, Inc.
Here is a treat for John Irving addicts and a perfect introduction to his work for the uninitiated.  To open this spirited collection, Irving explains how he became a writer.  There follow six scintillating stories written over the last twenty years ending with a homage to Charles Dickens.  This irresistible collection cannot fail to delight and charm.

Baker & Taylor
The first collection of short pieces--two of them previously unpublished--by the author of The World According to Garp includes memoirs, six short stories, and essays on Charles Dickens and Gu+a5nter Grass. Reprint. Tour.

& Taylor

A collection of one dozen short works includes the title piece, a loving portrait of the author's grandmother, and additional stories, including "The Pension Grillparzer" and "Dinner at the White House"

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1997
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed
ISBN: 9780345404749
Branch Call Number: FICTION IRVING
Characteristics: 437 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm


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Oct 04, 2014

"I realize that writer's business is setting fire to Piggy Sneed-and trying to save him-again and again; forever."
John Irving occupies a somewhat curious spot among contemporary writers. He's popular, he's had several well-received films made of his books, and he gets good reviews, yet he doesn't seem to be taken as seriously as, say, Don DeLillo or Cormac McCarthy. Obviously he's a very different kind of writer and he's detractors might accuse him of being old fashioned. He certainly has little to no use for post-modern tricks or literary pyrotechnics. His closest contemporary in that sense may be Richard Russo. I guess this a roundabout way of saying that he's a great novelist and, in many ways, superior to his more critically favored peers. This slim collection has a short autobiographical piece (the title story), six short stories, one of which was in "Garp," and an essay in praise of Dickens, a writer with whom he has much in common. Like Dickens, he's not so much interested in polished prose or literary trends but in engaging and moving the reader, even at the risk of being sentimental or corny. A fine book for the the Irving fan.


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