Pig Tales, Paperback Book
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Pig Tales is a brilliant satirical novel about a stunning young woman working in a beauty 'massage' parlour.

She enjoys extraordinary success at bringing home the bacon (in part due to her increasingly rosy and irresistible backside) until she slowly metamorphoses - into a pig.

Rejected by her boyfriend, left to wander the sewers and forage for food in public parks, she takes up with a werewolf with insatiable appetites.

They share everything (pizza is a particular favourite; she gets the pizza, he gets the delivery boy) until someone alerts the authorities and tragedy strikes . . . Gender, politics and social hypocrisy all come under scrutiny in this entertaining and enlightening novel.

Pig Tales is a Metamorphosis for the present day, a dark fable of political and sexual corruption, and a grim warning of what can happen in a society without a soul.




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'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.I was worried at first that there would be no story to tell here, but in fact this is a rather splendid book in places, with glimpses of a terrible future French totalitarian regime viewed by a sometimes attractive, though uneducated, woman.

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