Pyg: The Memoirs Of Toby The Learned Pig

Hardcover | July 31, 2012

byRussell Potter

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These are no ordinary Memoirs; these are the memoirs of the most gifted, charming, distinguished (and luckiest) pig in History.

Toby, the “remarkable sapient pig,” attains his celebrity in late-eighteenth-century England. After winning the blue ribbon at the Salford Livestock Fair and escaping the butcher’s knife with the help of young Sam, his first friend, Toby tours the country, wowing circus audiences with his abilities to count, spell, and even read the minds of ladies (but only with their permission, of course). Eager to step out of the spotlight, Toby begins studies at Oxford and Edin­burgh—where he encounters such luminaries as Samuel Johnson, Robert Burns, and William Blake—before finally settling down to tell his own exceptional story.

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These are no ordinary Memoirs; these are the memoirs of the most gifted, charming, distinguished (and luckiest) pig in History. Toby, the “remarkable sapient pig,” attains his celebrity in late-eighteenth-century England. After winning the blue ribbon at the Salford Livestock Fair and escaping the butcher’s knife with the help of youn...

Russell Potter teaches literature, early media, and the history of Arctic exploration. His most recent book is Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture, and he was a presenter on the Emmy-nominated episode of PBS's Nova, "Arctic Passage: Prisoners of Ice." He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 7.25 × 5.25 × 0.95 inPublished:July 31, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670066338

ISBN - 13:9780670066339

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"Charming. . . . It’s a very clever roman à clef; Toby the Learned Pig, with his earnest, understandable quest to be more than a source of amusement, animates this fable about enslavement, liberal education, and, perhaps, animal rights. . . . An immensely readable, clever, and fun novel." - Publishers Weekly“A multi-layered, rumbustious romp which the author pulls off cum laude.” - The Observer (UK)“This is an Oxbridge pig; you might dub him an oinktellectual, a rational, shrewd observer. . . . It is the most ordinary of tales, made extraordinary not by the ‘freakishness’ of its ‘author’ but by the humanity. Which is what captivates and touches, and makes the book worth reading.” - The Scotsman“Heartfelt. . . . Toby is an extremely intelligent pig and tells his story in high style.” - The Daily Telegraph (UK)“A delicious book. A reminder of the risks, the drama, and the quite extraordinary comedy of being born with a snout, four hooves, and a corkscrew tail.” - Marie Darrieussecq, author of Pig Tales