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Titre : Trying to Save Piggy Sneed
Éditeur : Ballantine Books, New York
Date d'édition : 1997
Reliure : Paperback
Illustrateur : 27 b/w Photographs / Plates (chiefly portraits); b/w Decorative title Page & Headpieces
Etat du livre : Very Good +
Signé : Signed by Author
Edition : First Edition Thus
Slight rubbing to wrappers; slight crease to upper left corner of lower wrapper; else a near fine copy as issued. , 437,  pages + plates. "First Ballantine Books Edition: February 1997" and number line from 10 to 1 on title page verso. Softcover issue of the "national bestseller" (upper wrapper); originally published in hardcover in 1996 (in different format, with less pictorial material). Contains 12 short pieces in all (including 6 short stories; 3 "memoirs", including the title piece; and 3 essays, including Irving's introduction to Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"). Also notable for Irving's additional piece on Dickens ("The King of the Novel") and on Gunter Grass. Signed by Irving in black ink on title page (below printed name). Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall (small). N° de réf. du libraire L062499
Synopsis : Here is a treat for John Irving addicts and a perfect introduction to his work for the uninitiated. To open this spirited collection, Irving explains how he became a writer. There follow six scintillating stories written over the last twenty years ending with a homage to Charles Dickens. This irresistible collection cannot fail to delight and charm.
Quatrième de couverture:
"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."
"[THIS] NEWEST BOOK IS A FIRST FOR IRVING: a collection of memoirs, short fiction, and essays. Trying to Save Piggy Sneed features tributes to Dickens and Günter 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."
"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 10 writers."
*The Denver Post
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