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Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

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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.

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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.

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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.

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lukas, October 4, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
"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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345404749
Author:
Irving, John
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Irving, John
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;short stories;memoir;essays;novel;non-fiction;literature;american;20th century;writing;contemporary;short fiction;usa;stories;anthology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19970231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.08x5.26x1.06 in. .86 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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