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by Marie Darrieussecq

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ISBN:
057119480X
Author:
Marie Darrieussecq
Category:
Contemporary
Language:
English
Publisher:
Faber and Faber; New Ed edition (1998)
Pages:
144 pages
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1378 kb
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1332 kb
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1452 kb
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Rating:
4.5
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538


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By Marie Darrieussecq - Pig Tales: A Novel of Lust and Transformation (New Ed) Paperback. Pig Tales' has been likened variously to Kafka's Metamorphosis and Voltaire's Candide, but the book it most reminded me of was Omon Ra by the Russian writer Victor Pelevin. Both novellas concern characters whose destinies are chosen for them, who are taken advantage of, and who live in the worst dystopian societies. In Pelevin's book the protagonist is a would-be astronaught; in Pig Tales she is a woman who metamorphoses into a sow - the porcine equivalent, I would say, of a werewolf.

A woman working in a beauty parlor chronicles her descent into gluttony and lust. In one word, she is becoming a pig and she even grows a corkscrew tail

A woman working in a beauty parlor chronicles her descent into gluttony and lust. In one word, she is becoming a pig and she even grows a corkscrew tail. The woman's transformation reflects that of her country, raked by revolution, epidemics and famine. Part fantasy, part satire on France.

The subtitle of "A Novel of Lust and Transformation" caused me to hesitate before picking up this small volume. The subtitle is both accurate and a teaser - the novel never slips into crudeness even when presenting crude behaviour. The tale - a woman transforming into a pig and writing her story when she has accepted a pig life style - is a difficult story to successfully write.

Pig Tales is Marie Darrieussecq's utterly unconventional first novel in which gender, politics, and social hypocrisy all come under satiric scrutiny. Bibliographic Details. Title: Pig Tales A Novel of Lust and Transformation. Publisher: New Press, New York. Publication Date: 1997. Ships same or next business day. Book has small bumps on both ends of spine, tiny dent on fore-edge of back board, very faint soiling on top corner of back free endpaper. Overall, book is tight, bright, and clean. Dust jacket has some edge and shelf wear. 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 151 pages.

Darrieussecq has a point: astute readers will note that dead children have haunted Darrieussecq's books since the beginning, and Tom est mort is no exception. Whether through personal experience or sheer creativity, Darrieussecq puts the reader in the position of an emotionally destroyed mother, is a powerful move as we are forced to consider the silence that "descends in veins and paralyzed the muscles of cheeks" (.

Ms. Darrieussecq packed quite a bit into a short novel.

A very funny, intelligent book that can be read both for its politics and for its extraordinary depiction of a woman who revels in her bestial transformation. Pig Tales is the story of a young woman who lands a position at Perfumes Plus, a beauty boutique/"massage" parlor. She enjoys great success until she slowly metamorphoses into. Ms.

Marie Darrieusecq was born in 1969 in Bayonne, France, a town renowned for its ham. She is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, and teaches in Lille

item 4 Pig Tales: A Novel of Lust and Transformation, Marie Darrieussecq, Used; Good Bo -Pig Tales: A Novel of Lust and Transformation, Marie Darrieussecq, Used; Good Bo. £. 1. item 5 Pig Tales: A Novel of Lust and Transformation Book condition very good -Pig Tales: A Novel of Lust and Transformation Book condition very good. Marie Darrieusecq was born in 1969 in Bayonne, France, a town renowned for its ham. She is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, and teaches in Lille. This is her first novel. Country of Publication.

Pig Tales tells the story of a young woman who lands a position at Perfumes Plus, a beauty boutique/"massage" parlor. a pig. What happens to her then overturns all our ideas about men, women, and beasts. An overnight phenomenon in France, selling three thousand copies a day, Pig Tales is now being made into a major motion picture by celebrated director Jean-Luc Godard. No excerpt currently exists for this novel.

  • Gaxaisvem
There are a number of things about this book that I just can not stand. The out of place animal violence (murdering pets no less). The overly nonsensical plot. The leaps in logic that exist only to advance the story. There is a feeling like the author wanted to add elements of other stories (1984 comes to mind) but does so in ways that feel overly forced and make this almost unreadable.
I was recommended this book by several friends and honestly, if it wasnt for the Transformations in the book, I cant fathom why I read it cover to cover (which as a fan of TF themed stories, this one while at times is a nice and slow Transformation, lacks good description in any changes other then the character gaining weight.
  • Bremar
The debut novel by Marie Darrieussecq, who later published another short novel UNDERCURRENTS, is a fantasy about a part-time perfume employee who finds herself transformed bit by bit into a luxurious pig the men go wild for. Her flesh grows rosy and firmly "pneumatic," and the men cannot keep their greedy hands off her. She revels in their attention. However, what makes her desirable at first eventually exacts its cost. When she meets a werewolf lover who understands the complexity of being part human, part animal - and even, at times, all animal - she finds an odd redemption.
This book is less scandalous than its subtitle suggests, with the opening quote about a pig being slaughtered the most distressing moment of this short, allegorical story. Darrieussecq's sensual language of greed and lust carries this book beyond its thin premise, but ultimately, the novel ends up being not much more than an beautifully worded exercise in imagination.
Readers of contemporary French literature in translation will be keenly interested in this fantasy that took the country by storm in 1996. It can easily be read in an afternoon, though understanding the psyche behind it is much more difficult.
  • Pedora
Pig Tales tries to be a near-futuristic irony-cum-farce tale about France at the Millenium run by the ultra-right-wing, told from the perspective of a young lady who works in a "cosmetics boutique" which is in actuality a retail brothel. The various transformations within French society are mirrored in, and symbolized by, the young lady's transformation into a pig. The stream-of-consciousness writing style can be occasionally engaging, and the main character now and then exhibits a strong expository voice, but the book bogs down in an obsession with sexual expression and fetishes (the author is distinctly anally oriented)on the one hand and inept political symbolism on the other. very frustrating to the reader as there definitely is a viable story idea lurking in the background, waiting to emerge, but shut away by the authors fixation on the young lady's professional goings on. In the end, the stereotypes are so overblown that the irony is lost and the fixations on seual expression so dominating that any element of farce is buried beneath too many detailed descriptions of oversized femal buns. This book is reputed to have been a "literary sensation" in France. If so, it goes a long way towards explaining why the French invest so much time and energy in reliving their past glories. If this is literature over there, then the term French Culture has taken on the aspects of an oxymoron. A major disappointment. END
  • Rose Of Winds
The subtitle of "A Novel of Lust and Transformation" caused me to hesitate before picking up this small volume. The subtitle is both accurate and a teaser - the novel never slips into crudeness even when presenting crude behaviour.
The tale - a woman transforming into a pig and writing her story when she has accepted a pig life style - is a difficult story to successfully write. Darrieusseeq makes a few slips but clearly establishes herself as an author to be watched.
The social message of the book is a little overbearing, a little "plastic". But the book as a whole is sufficiently interesting that the reader is willing to forgive the message.
  • Wetiwavas
After looking at the front and back covers I feared this might be yet another overhyped little novel about sex by an overhyped writer - a book that would start with a sprint and then run out of ideas after 40 pages. Although the novel sags half way through, it recovers well and exceeded expectations. Apart from the obvious winks at Orwell and Kafka, the book also reminded me of Zahavi's Dirty Weekend and Atwood's Handmaid's Tale. It's like a Will Self novel, except that it it has humour, heart, narrative skill...and truffles. Four Oinks.
  • Jazu
This book might seem a bit messy to understand, but it can help you understand what is happening in Latin America, a lot of changes prometed by governments and foreign investors. What is the price? Corruption everywhere, in every Latin American country, without any exceptions. Enjoy!
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