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szdaily -> Culture
The Pigman
    2017-October-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A young adult classic, this book first published in 1968 is from Paul Zindel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.”

As a result of a phone prank*, high school sophomores John and Lorraine become friends with Mr. Pignati (the Pigman), an elderly widower*.

The conflicted teens feel alienated from everything, but the Pigman’s enthusiasm for life soon spills over to them. John and Lorraine go roller-skating with their new friend, and he suffers a heart attack and is hospitalized.

The teens have a party at the Pigman’s house, and his pig collection and some of his late wife’s clothes are destroyed. When Mr. Pignati comes home unexpectedly, he’s distraught* and feels betrayed by the teens. They try to make it up to him by taking him to the zoo, where he learns that his beloved gorilla*, Bobo, has died.

This trauma* causes the Pigman to have a fatal heart attack. John and Lorraine come to realize that “Our life would be what we made of it — nothing more, nothing less.”

In “The Pigman’s Legacy” (1980), John and Lorraine discover that a homeless man is living in Mr. Pignati’s abandoned house. Thinking that this is a chance for them to make up for what happened to the Pigman, they try to befriend the surly* old man.

After a trip to Atlantic City to cheer up the man, they discover that the true legacy of the Pigman is love.

Both stories are told in chapters that alternate between John and Lorraine’s point of view.

The books are available at online bookstores like jd.com.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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