Precisely observed and beautifully written… A rewarding book.
Mulford debuts with this endearing personal memoir, taking readers on his year-long journey as the manager of a commercial hog farm. When Mulford, newly married and just out of college, decided to take the job as manager of Loa Yorkshire Farm, he had no idea the job was going to teach him both about life and living. Trying to manage a huge population of pigs on his own, Mulford forges a tender emotional bond with the animals, realizing his own life is similar to theirs in many ways. Mulford mixes hilarious episodes with raw observations such as the pain mothers felt at separation from their litters at weaning, losing animals to sickness, sudden senseless death among others. Mulford’s immediate prose combined with his spot-on-musings about animal lives keep the pages flying. He skillfully interweaves his personal story with profound reflections on his feelings for pigs and the lesson they teach about love, loss, and living. By turns tender and hilarious, the book makes for a page-turner.
Tales From The Mud Hole, Why Pigs Are My Friends
By Vally Mulford
Pub date March 10, 2002
Price $7.35 (USD) Paperback, $3.03 Kindle edition