Tuesday, October 07, 2008 – Permalink –
Freddy the Pig
By Walter R. Brooks
As a kid I used to devour (read a lot of) Freddy the Pig books.
One of the remembered disappointments was when I found that I had read all 26 of the books and that there would not be any more.
Freddy came before "Animal Farm" and had much more satisfying adventures.
The New York Times:
..." loyalists have claimed Freddy as the ancestor of more famous literary pigs such as those in George Orwell's "Animal Farm" (1945). In fact, in "Freddy the Politician" (first published in 1939 as "Wiggins for President" ), the animals foil a crafty gang of woodpeckers who try to seize control of the Bean Farm by making extravagant promises - a revolving door for the henhouses, cat-proof apartments for the rats and so on. In his book "Fairy Tales and After," the critic Roger Sale pointed out that :Freddy the Politician: "not only preceded Orwell's work but is a good deal more careful with its materials and, for that matter, shrewder about its politics... The actions emerge much less mechanically than do Orwell's."
<Doug Klippert@ 6:08 AM
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