A heartwarming debut introduces readers to the adventures of its overachieving porcine narrator
Blending the sophisticated satire of Jonathan Swift with the charming exuberance of a Pixar film, Pyg tells the story of Toby, a truly exceptional pig who lived in late eighteenth-century England. After winning the blue ribbon at the Salford Livestock Fair and escaping the butcher's knife, 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). He goes on to study at Oxford and Edinburgh—encountering such luminaries as Samuel Johnson, Robert Burns, and William Blake—before finally writing his own life story. Quirky, beguiling, and endlessly entertaining, this memoir of a "remarkable sapient pig" is a sharp and witty delight.
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"Simon Callow makes you forget you're not actually listening to a first-person memoir told by Toby, the erudite, Oxford-educated pig. Born on a pig farm near Manchester around 1781, Toby is befriended by a boy who saves him from becoming bacon. After Toby wins the blue ribbon at the county fair, his life changes dramatically. He learns to count and spell, tours circuses and fairs as the "remarkable sapient pig," and eventually enjoys discourses with the likes of Robert Burns and Samuel Johnson. Based on an actual eighteenth-century animal novelty act, Russell Potter's debut novel is a delicious blend of Swiftian satire and genteel charm. A word of caution to carnivores: So appealing, convincing, and heartfelt is Callow's performance, you may decide to give up pork entirely. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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