Pigtopia Hardcover – 15 Sep 2005
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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
Pigtopia by Kitty Fitzgerald: in a cruel world, one unlikely friendship struggles to survive . . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well written but very unusual book. A strange mixture of reality and fantasy. I enjoyed the read and I did find it very touching and thought-provoking.Published 8 months ago by Maria
Anima a la reflexión y a una visión más crítica sobre los prejuicios entre personas. Read morePublished 24 months ago by PFA
I have fully finished readng the book of the pigs and had much rain on my face at the ending of it. I wish to say with truth how this book will much touch the humanpig heart.Published on 1 Jun. 2008 by Jen Prev
A beautifully written story about Jack Plum who is rejected by most of society due to his disfigurement. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2008 by Ms. C. A. Robinson