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Pigtopia Hardcover – 15 Sep 2005

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; First Edition First Printing edition (15 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571227317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571227310
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,542,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A truly original tale ... The style is amazing. -- Ones to Watch, The Bookseller, May 2005

Fascinating. A bold and strangely-moving book. -- David Almond, author of Skelig

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Pigtopia by Kitty Fitzgerald: in a cruel world, one unlikely friendship struggles to survive . . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
This is a tale of looking within a person, taking the time to find out who they really are - and not listening to idle gossip or preconceived opinions and ideas.

Jack Plum and Holly Lock develop a friendship which is innocent, naive and somewhat child-like. Holly is able to look past Jack's disfigurements so see a beautiful, caring and intelligent person.

Jack has built a palace for pigs and invites Holly into this safe haven, however after turn of unfortunate events, namely Mrs. Plum and Snotty Samantha, things begin to fall apart.

Holly and Jack try so hard to put things right, but the outside world is closing in on them and their safe haven. Holly feels it's her duty to take responsibility for Jack, the Palace and the pigs - but is not sure if she can cope.

This is a great read and a story of morals, innocence and the strength a friendship can provide.
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Fitzgerald's fourth novel is told by two different narrators: Jack Plum and Holly Lock. Jack is in his 30s and lives with his physically disabled mother. He was born with a very large head and resembles a pig. Jack is an outcast in his local community because of his unusual appearance and as a result, only ventures outside when it's essential. But one day, spurned on by loneliness, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Holly, a teenage girl who lives nearby. Inevitably, this friendship cannot last as society will not allow it. The outcome is tragic yet almost predestined.

Pigtopia begins with Jack telling in his distinctive 'voice' about his birth and life leading up to meeting Holly. His awkward birth because of his large head resulted in crippling his mother, who spends the rest of her days in a wheelchair. She is extremely resentful towards Jack and constantly blames him for what he did to her. Jack's father apparently left his wife and child in the lurch and is no longer around, something else Mrs Plum is bitter about. In order to escape from the spitting hatefulness he has to endure from his mother, Jack built a retreat he calls his Pig Palace down in the cellar of the house. Here, he breeds pigs and spends as much time as he can playing and talking with them. He feels that the only love he receives is from his pigs and they are the only things stopping him becoming resentful like his mother.

But Jack desires more meaningful company; another human to be his friend and talk with, rather than to. Because Jack, although his knowledge on some things is limited and he doesn't use proper English, is actually quite intelligent. So he seeks out "one best humanpiggirl" he can attempt to connect with.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A really good plot, often viewed from the utterly different paradigms of the central characters, whose language & home environments are superbly constructed. Clever stuff.
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After his father's unexplained disappearance, Jack Plum is raised by his drunken, vicious, invalid mother. He has never been to school, and is regarded by the local community as a Freak, with his large pig-like head and inability to communicate. His isolation and loneliness are a fact of life.

Holly Lock is a teenager who feels the need to escape. Alienated from her peer group, she does not want to `fit in'. She is also afraid of the changes emerging in her life with the introduction of her mother's new boyfriend.

Together, Jack and Holly forge an 'unlikely' friendship, and create an idyllic fairy tale refuge from the harsh world around them, in a magical Pigtopia.

Of course, there is a growing sense of unease and foreboding as Holly's friend, Samantha, is determined to infiltrate and destroy their secret alliance; and Jack is threatened with institutionalisation when his mother's illness rapidly deteriorates...

This is a story for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. There are some beautifully conveyed sequences and use of language and I really enjoyed reading it. But by the time I reached the end I was ever so slightly disappointed, as there was a predictable inevitability about it all, which negated the sense of poignancy. Well worth a read, though, and would work especially well for a young adult crossover market.
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The book reminded me of the curious incident in the nightime, but with pigs. It is about a thirty-something man with a very young mental age who befriends teenage girl Holly Lock and their struggle to keep their friendship secret.The story is told in their two very different voices about their family problems, their friendship and of course, Jack's pigs that he raises in secret in the local woods.
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I am a young reader but I dare to say that I think Pigtopia will become a classic. I read it two weeks ago but I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. As a teenager I'm bombarded with stuff on TV about how I should behave and what I should enjoy and I hate it. Holly Lock, the female narrator in Pigtopia helped me to see myself. After I'd finished reading it, in a flood of tears, I wanted to start it all over again.Buy it, read it, but prepare yourself for a heartbreaking ride.
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