Trying to Save Piggy Sneed by John IrvingTrying to Save Piggy Sneed by John Irving

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

byJohn Irving

Paperback | March 27, 1994

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A treat for John Irving addicts, and a perfect introduction to his work for the uninitiated.

In his spirited opening piece, Irving explains how he became a writer: “A fiction writer’s memory is an especially imperfect provider of detail; we can always imagine a better detail than the one we can remember. The correct detail is rarely exactly what happened; the most truthful detail is what could have happened, or what should have.”
There follow six scintillating stories written over the last twenty years. The collection ends with a homage to Charles Dickens.

JOHN IRVING was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty-six. He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty-seven. Mr. Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times--winning once, in 1980, for his n...
Title:Trying to Save Piggy SneedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.2 × 5.4 × 1 inPublished:March 27, 1994Publisher:Knopf Canada

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0394280407

ISBN - 13:9780394280400


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining! It's an entertaining collection of short stories that really shows off Irving's skills as a storyteller.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! No, you don't have to be an Irving fan to enjoy this. An entertaining collection of short stores.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slightly Self Absorbed! But what else would you expect, in a collection of short stories and memoirs. Whenever I read one of these volumes, the image of the author cleaning out his desk always comes to mind. I can imagine John Irving stumbling across unpublished shorts and ideas and thinking, "I wonder who would want to read this stuff? ---- Of course, my fans." If you are an Irving fan, you may want to check this one out.
Date published: 2000-06-30

Editorial Reviews

"An absolute must." London Free Press

"His characters delight, their situations intrigue and the world takes on new and meaningful hues." Peterborough Examiner

"Hilarious. Highly enjoyable stories with zany plots and unforgettable characters, made all the more readable by Irving's silky smooth prose." The Independent