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Trying to Save Piggy Sneed (1996) [Collection]
by John Irving Rating: Weighted - 6.2 / Average - 6.0 of 10 (5 votes) (Rate!)
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Trying to Save Piggy Sneed contains a dozen short works by John Irving, beginning with three memoirs - two of which (including an account of Mr. Irving's dinner with President Reagan at the White House) are new to American readers. The newest and longest of the memoirs, "The Imaginary Girlfriend," is the core of this collection. The middle section of the book is fiction. In 28 years, John Irving has written eight novels - but only a half-dozen short stories that he considers "finished"; they are all published here. In the third and final section are three essays of appreciation: one on Gunter Grass, two on Charles Dickens. To each of the 12 pieces, which cover 30 years of writing, Mr. Irving has contributed his Author's Notes.

  • Trying to Save Piggy Sneed
  • The Imaginary Girlfriend
  • My Dinner at the White House
  • Interior Space
  • Brennbar's Rant
  • The Pension Grillparzer
  • Other People's Dreams
  • Weary Kingdom
  • Almost in Iowa
  • The King of the Novel
  • An Introduction to A Christmas Carol
  • Günter Grass: King of the Toy Merchants

Original title: Trying to Save Piggy Sneed
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Weary Kingdom (1968) [Short Story]
      Author: John Irving
     Almost in Iowa (1973) [Short Story]
      Author: John Irving
     Brennbar's Rant (1974) [Short Story]
      Author: John Irving
     Pension Grillparzer, the (1976) [Short Story]
      Author: John Irving
     Interior Space (1980) [Short Story]
      Author: John Irving
     Other People's Dreams (1982) [Short Story]
      Author: John Irving

Edition #1: Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed (1996)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Supple and energetic as a stylist, Mr. Irving also knows just how to create in the reader's mind a vivid impression of an existing world—and just how to populate it." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Candid... colorful... Those who have followed John Irving's writing career will delight in his newest, Trying to Save Piggy Sneed.... Readers will leave this book feeling as if they have had a terrific conversation with Irving about why he writes and how he goes about it." USA Today
  • "A first for Irving: a collection of memoirs, short fiction, and essays. Trying to Save Piggy Sneed features tributes to Dickens and Gunter Grass, whose novels percolate with a political and moral courage Irving admires. It also includes six short stories, a form Irving doesn't claim as his own. Reminiscences round out the collection, from his caustic recollections of an awkward dinner with former President Reagan to the title piece, in which the death of his town's garbage collector symbolically sparked the teenage Irving's desire to write." Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • "These pieces are worth saving and savoring.... Trying to Save Piggy Sneed is a welcome oasis on the long desert passage leading to John Irving's next novel." The Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer
  • "Engagingly candid... The essays on himself and other writers make the book valuable, for they tell us a great deal about Irving's views of fiction, much in the public eye since the success of Garp in 1978." Newsday
  • "A rich, wonderful, and diverse look into the creative mind of one of America's most imaginative and passionate novelists.... Irving again proves he has enough imagination for ten writers." The Denver Post
  • "The eight exuberant novels John Irving began producing in 1969, like his handsomely published new collection Trying to Save Piggy Sneed, abound with evidence of his passions." The Washington Post Book World
  • "His homage to Charles Dickens, 'The King of the Novel,' is a love letter to one of my favorite childhood writers. It is also good biography and excellent criticism. His final essay on Gunter Grass will make you want to discover that idiosyncratic genius if you haven't already." The San Diego Union-Tribune
  • "Captivating... Small in size, large in scope, Trying to Save Piggy Sneed is, in essence, an invaluable handbook of the writer in action. In understanding the truths of John Irving's worlds, we are shown how to understand the truths of ours." The Anniston Star
  • "His wit is at his biting best... Be prepared to laugh aloud many times.... Trying to Save Piggy Sneed is a joy fro the average reader, and absolutely priceless reading for a writer. At the end of the book, he hints at a new novel—one can hardly wait." McKeesport News (PA)
  • "What's best about this memoir is that Irving, fine storyteller that he is, somehow sidesteps the limelight. What this piece is really about is mentorship and friendship and the feelings IRving carries for those who have helped him make his way. It is but another display of the wide and generous spirit that powers the best of Irving's fiction." BookPage
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