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Pyg: The Memoirs of Toby, the Learned Pig
 
 
Author
Russell Potter, ed.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7 x 5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780143121183
Pages/Publication Date 274/2011
Daedalus Item Code 33055
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A teacher of literature, early media, and Arctic exploration—he was the presenter of the Emmy-nominated episode of PBS's Nova: "Arctic Passage: Prisoners of Ice"—Russell Potter here gives us a remarkable literary artifact. It is the autobiography of a singular, sapient pig named Toby, who lived and learned in Britain at the turn of the 19th century. Blending the satire of Jonathan Swift with the charm of a Pixar film, Pyg tells how Toby toured the country, wowing audiences with his abilities to count, spell, and even read the minds of ladies (with their permission, of course). He goes on to study at Oxford and Edinburgh, encountering such men of letters as Samuel Johnson, Robert Burns, and William Blake, before finally writing his picaresque life story.

"A very clever roman ŕ clef; Toby, with his earnest, understandable quest to be more than a source of amusement, animates this fable about enslavement, liberal education, and, perhaps, animal rights. The use of old-fashioned typography, capitalization, and woodcuts complement the 18th-century prose style, creating an immensely readable, clever, and fun novel."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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