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Pig Tale

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Near the village of Little Wicken, a baby girl is found abandoned in a field. Unwanted and unloved, the foundling grows up, existing on the grudging charity of the villagers. It is only when they notice her way with animals that the girl is given a permanent place--as a pig herder--and a name: Mokie, meaning "Little Pig Girl." After a brutal attack by the village boys, fif ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 30th 2002 by Hyperion
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Sophia Barsuhn
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Way back in 2003, I was nine years old, visiting my grandparents in Arizona. This book was, for some inexplicable reason, in the children's section of a bookstore, and it was the only book on the shelf that looked interesting, so I grabbed it. Reading the words "brutal attack by the village boys" on the dust jacket, I assumed it meant a physical beating. Boy, was I wrong.

I don't think this is a bad book. Reading it again as a twenty-three-year old, there were parts of it I liked. But most of it
Aug 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
I grabbed this off the shelf thinking it had promise. Did it disappoint in the worst way. A major theme mentioned in the jacket flap is society's use of scapegoats, and I felt an underdog-prevailing hinted at. Nope. Just suffering, neglect, abuse and heartbreaking loneliness for the poor protagonist. I stopped reading outright before page 50. Read a bit around 100, then 150, then the end, and this poor girl does not ever get a happiness break. What a downer. ...more
Mar 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Pig Tale. A light-hearted title for a not-so-light-hearted book. This is an unusual story of a girl who is gang raped, pushes the memory underground, recreates herself to cope with the world, and finally goes back to relive and deal with what happened to her. The healing story arch is very good. The broader story, having to do with the pig, doesn't work as well. The ending, especially, is confusing, abrupt, and unsatisfying. ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
I read this book back when I was around 12. The cover looked like a standard fantasy novel. Boy was I wrong. From the beginning the book was horribly depressing. The protagonist, Mokie, is pretty much abused by everyone she meets. Even the guy she kind of became friends with eventually betrays her. I was uncomfortable reading the description of her rape and people were unnecessarily cruel to her afterwards. I only got that far before I had to put the book away and never look at it again. It seri ...more
Jun 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
Despite its cover art and genre, this novel is not for children. Nor for the soft of heart. Flieger, the teller of this fairy tale, has a delightful way with words and paints some memorable images. (I'd kinda like to shake a few of them myself.) There's a rather vivid rape, a betrayal or two or three. Some consensual sex, rather soft-focus. Mighty fatalistic. Reminded me of "The Lottery." Only prettier and longer.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
If you like mystical beings and a little mystery then you will like this book. The story follows a girl named Moakie and her pet pig as she discovers her destiny. It was written well, but not one of my favorites.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
2004- One day, a foundling is discovered on the edge of the village of Little Wicken, the night after a storm. The young girl grows up to be Mokie, which means ""pig girl"". Without a true family, Mokie feels safest when she is with the pig herd, especially when she's deep in Wickenwood, the mysterious forest that's nearby. It's not until Mokie bonds with Apple, the 13th baby pig of a sow, who also happens to be born during a storm, that Mokie experiences many emotions for the first time. A rape ...more
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Ich habe etwa die Hälfte des Buches gelesen und den Rest nur noch überflogen. Um die Bewertung tut es mir irgendwie leid. Das Buch ist nicht schlecht geschrieben, die Idee ist ganz okay und das Schweinchen Apple äußerst reizend. Dennoch konnte mich in dem Buch einfach nichts packen, es war mir zu langweilig und die Figuren habe mich nicht interessiert. An sich gibt es nicht wirklich etwas, das ich an dem Buch schlecht fand, es hat mich aber auch in keinster Weise gefangen genommen oder neugierig ...more
Grace Wright
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Didn't quite understand, some parts where dry, when the real exciting things happened, the autjor used words I didn't know where real or if she made them up. I liked the whole idea, just not so much of the writing itself. Don't get me wrong its a good book just not MY type.

Its about a girl born and abandoned in a storm. Raised by a mean family and left with only pigs as friends. After a brutal attack by the village boys, she flees into the forest to find 3 new friends. Human friends. But they kn
Ben Halliwell
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Intriguing book. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it wasn't this! There were parts that I didn't understand, but instead of those parts seeming incoherent they felt as if they were building into a bigger theme, and as if I just needed a few more clues - such as a briefing in Celtic mythology (as mentioned in the insert) - to make this a very rewarding read. I look forward to her sequel, The Inn at Corbies' Caww. ...more
Aug 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Weird, Weird book. Really tried to like it, but just couldn't. I kept skimming ahead to see if it would improve but alas, for me, it didn't. I vote to skip this one... ...more
Aug 11, 2013 marked it as to-read
I'm wondering if the pig dies ...more
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
love a good story constructed from various myths. I'm not familiar with much celtic myths, so this was fun. a lil odd, but fun. ...more
Susanne Kim
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Complete waste of time. Please do not pick up this book, whatever happens.
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
its kinda too deep for me but good i guess
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
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Verlyn Flieger is an author, editor, and professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland at College Park. She teaches courses in comparative mythology, medieval literature and the works of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Flieger holds an M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) from The Catholic University of America, and has been associated with the University of Maryland since 1976. In 2012, Flieger b

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