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- Print Length: 31 pages
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- Publisher: MEIER (22 Mar. 2012)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B007NYFCK4
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Pigsong (Frank Delaney Storytellers Book 3) Kindle Edition
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And yet, these singing pigs are not here sizzling in the pan, but if a pig really can sing, what has that to say about language? Perhaps many living and non-living things can talk, and we can hear them, animals and plants, acoustic and electric things, if only we try to listen. What is talk? What is language?
So it was with a bit of trepidation, resulting in only a tiny pig's tail of technological frustration, that I delved into a bit of e-Pig fat and tasted a short story last night via Amazon's Kindle Cloud Reader: tu-whit, "Pigsong," by Frank Delaney.
There might be three kinds of people in our human world: masters, slaves, and those who escape entrapment of either of those two. But when we include animals, plants, rocks, and other things from our compost pile to the table of words, more interesting plots develop, and foil characters want out of their foils.
I have come to love compost. I love the sweet and awful smell of rotting food, decaying plants, moist loam and dirty, muddy soil, and I love to turn the compost pile over to discover mounds of lovely redish-purple worms at warm work eating their way through their Garden of Eden. Get a little closer and you can hear, hear the hum of the compost heap. I must have a bit of the pig in me. I think I can hear the pigs singing.
Frank Delaney, prolific Irish author, surely must lust for words as a pig honkers down to a late summer corn husk, must have some sort of language compost heap at his disposal.
What do pigs have in common with Ireland's Saint Patrick? Well, for the answer to that, you'll have to read the story: "Pigsong," available at Amazon, (or, "Pigsong," available at Barnes and Noble). Pigs are singing, waiting for listeners. It's a story in which animals become human beings and tells of the origins of power, justice, and faith, and of independence, of cruelty and revolution to overthrow that cruelty. All this in a short story? Yes, well, it's a fable, and so covers a lot of ground in a short space.
The source of stories that in turn explains the source of stories is a very old story, and continues to grow out of the compost heap made of words and fears and triumphs of songs and hate and love of cruel masters and creative workers in language that has been turned over and over by many a storyteller over the years. Frank Delaney is one of the best.
Review originally published at The Coming of the Toads, April 25, 2012.
Yes, "once upon a time..." there was a very greedy and hard-hearted couple who wanted to get rich but knew they couldn't do it alone. So they devise a scheme to obtain (something like that, ahem) the necessary help and create a horrific world for far too many people. So far, nothing we haven't met in other tales, right? But now is where the magic begins!
A young boy set to the task of taking care of pigs learns to truly listen to the song that will free him and make him a new man capable of so much more than one's limited imagination alone can dream! No, no more here - you simply must read this wonderful story, written in impeccable and eloquent language, to fully appreciate the gift within it which will let your own heart listen and soar to new heights!
Frank Delaney has done it again - what a gem - a must read written by a true Bard!
Pigsong is a delight - it's magical and funny, but at its heart it's a powerful story of faith and compassion, and of their role in history. It's a story of slavery and cruelty, and of freedom; as the title suggest, it's a pig that leads the way. The tale feels strangely familiar, but it's clearly Delaney's own invention, a successful addition to a deep well of folklore.
As an aside, I love the pig's rhymes - so absurd yet serious and moving. I'm amazed at how different each of the Storyteller stories is from the previous one; Delaney covers a lot of ground. A wonderful story if you like the power of music, talking animals, pigs of any kind, the the mythology of history.
See also: The Druid (Frank Delaney Storytellers) and The Girl Who Lived on The Moon (Frank Delaney Storytellers)