Tales From The Mud Hole, Why Pigs Are My Friends

Tales From The Mud Hole, Why Pigs Are My Friends by [Vally Mulford]

Tales From the Mud Hole, Why Pigs are My Friends by Vally Mulford is a non-fiction book that shares the often overlooked good qualities of pigs. It is filled with stories about the pigs that Vally has known through out his life, from Suzy the sow and her litter of piglets when he was a young boy to the hogs at Loa Yorkshire Farms. After growing up on his family’s farm in Wayne County Utah, Vally returns to his home town a short time after he graduates from college to accept a job as the manager of a hog farm. Not feeling quite qualified for the job, his hope and optimism is soon met with the realities of life.

This was a fun and interesting memoir to read, where the author shows pigs as the special and unique animals they are. I liked the easy tone and flow of the narrative. It felt very conversational, almost as though a family member or friend was retelling various experiences about their life to the reader. My favorite stories were the ones about the baby pigs. I enjoyed reading the descriptions of the piglets’ antics and adventures. Many of the stories were humorous as Vally described his struggles to get the giant hogs to do what he wanted them to do, when they outweighed him by more than one hundred pounds. I liked that the author dedicated this book to the pigs and other animals that have been a part of his life. I enjoyed the author’s use of metaphors, especially in the introduction, attributing elements of the winter storm to the difficulties he faced. One theme that was repeated through out this book was trying something new despite the possibility of failing.

I appreciated how the novel didn’t shy away from more somber moments, like when an animal was sick or died, or when the market hogs were sent to slaughter. Sad, but true, and kept the story feeling authentic. I would not have been able to make the kinds of decisions that Vally was forced to make, especially deciding which hogs would live or die. While I enjoyed the memoir heartily, I would have liked to have had a little bit more detail about how the relationship between Vally and his future wife, Julie, developed. As I thought this was interesting and I would have loved to have heard more about it.

Tales From the Mud Hole, Why Pigs are My Friends is a fascinating memoir that shows you pigs in a new light. The tone was conversational, and the anecdotes were insightful and intriguing. If you’re looking for a vivid look at an interesting but relatable life, then this extraordinary memoir is for you.

Pages: 205 | ASIN: B08WCBWPZS

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