i just finished reading the pigman by paul zindel (159 pages). now, here are my thoughts on the book:
the pigman is about two high school kids who meet an elderly man, mr. pignati, by chance and befriend him. the book follows their experiences together but also ties in real life circumstances as well and covers how people deal with things differently.
i really liked the way paul zindel wrote from the perspective of two different characters (john, the main boy and lorraine, the main girl). john's character is witty and rebellious and at some points he even caused me to laugh right out loud. lorraine on the other hand is more conservative and cautious about life. it was great to see such different perspective on the events that took place.
the ups and downs of this book stirred my emotions quite a bit causing me to feel sad, or angry, or making me smile or cringe.
i felt a real connection with the characters and felt for each of them in different ways and even though i was pretty angry at john and lorraine through certain points, i still could see their individual point of view on things.
as far as the actual writing goes, the book came out in 1968 so the language is pretty outdated, but i liked that about it. -- paul zindel writes very simply but is also able to portray his message well and make the story and characters grasbable. (yes, i just said graspable.)
while this book is different from the kind i usually read, i really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who was looking for something to take up a weekend or just needs something excellent to read.
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