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Trying to Save Piggy Sneed Paperback – February 11, 1997
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A few things stood out in this book that elevated John Irving to the status of one classy guy: his love and devotion to his sons, and he never has one bad thing to say about his ex-wife, the mother of his children. In fact he thanks her for her diligence in photographing the boys growing up and some of her shots are found in the center of the book.
Of the multitude of areas in this book, I enjoyed most a short story entitled "Interior Space" inwhich an Austrian man (who else?) laments over the sale of his house and the tree thereon. "You will not the tree down-chop." Irving truly is the master at replicating the juxtaposition of words in the dialogue of native German speakers speaking English.
As fans know, the wait between Irving's novels is unbearably long, and Piggy Snead makes for an entertaining interlude.
The short stories range in quality. "Weary Kingdom" was Irving's first published work and is a long, dull story (not even the author really likes it). "Interior Space" is my favorite, but even it is not as good as some of Irving's novels.
The homages to Dickens and Grass are somewhat interesting. I decided to give "Great Expectations" a try since Irving said that's the book that really made him want to write. I doubt it will have the same effect on me.
The biggest flaw in my opinion was that the publisher put the notes AFTER the various pieces of writing. I always read those first just to get the background of the story before I read it. For example, it helped me tolerate "Weary Kingdom" when I saw that it was really Irving's first piece of published writing.
At any rate, I recommend skipping this garage sale and sticking with Irving's novels. If you read this in the hope of understanding the author better, you will be disappointed as I was.
He does tend to go on a bit too much about wrestling- great for wrestling fans but a tad tedious to the rest of us. But it was interesting to hear about the rest of his life and the influences of other people and authors in particular. I was surprised to learn of his connection with one of my other favorite authors, Kurt Vonnegut.
My opinion of John Irving is enhanced by his memoirs- he has a subtle sense of humor and is amazingly enough, still quite humble and and able to make fun of himself.
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It was great to read essays and short stories written by Irving. I have read many of his novels but none of his short stories. The commentaries after each was interesting to read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Jeffrey
John Irving is not my favorite author, however, my book club is reading him, so I am, too.Published 3 months ago by sophiab
my introduction to the works of john irving was through his novels. having read a half dozen of his novels, my impression was that he did not write in other forms. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Case Quarter
John Irving is one of my favorite modern day writers, but this book was a notable exception. I am not at all a wrestling fan, and half of the book described his wrestling exploits. Read morePublished 6 months ago by badassgrandma
This is John Irving at his usual best, interesting biographical wrestling stuff, his thoughts on writing, and the writers he admires. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dennis Croll
Not quite the quality of writing as his later works, but, good Irving.Published 10 months ago by Joe Sevenliss