The Pigman

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The Pigman (1968) by Paul Zindel a young adult novel about two high-school students, John Conlan and Lorraine Jensen, who are alienated from the adult authority figures in their lives – their parents and teachers. They befriend an older man who shares his humor and joy in life with them, and in his presence, they are allowed to be carefree and childlike in a way that they can't be with their own families.


  • Didn’t she know how sick to my stomach it made me feel to know it’s possible to end your life with only a baboon to talk to?
  • We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
  • …somehow it was as if I was being told about something wonderful, something beautiful just waiting for me. All I had to do was wait long enough.
  • The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
  • He was the ugliest, most vicious-looking baboon I’ve ever seen in my life. I mean a real baboon. And there’s the pigman, the smiling pigman, leaning all the way over the guardrail, tossing peanuts to this mean baboon.
  • The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.

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