The Pig Comes to Dinner (Pig Trilogy, #2) by Joseph Caldwell
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The Pig Comes to Dinner

(Pig Trilogy #2)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  65 reviews
From the author of the bestselling The Pig Did It comes this poignant, atmospheric adventure that brings all the beloved characters of the first book into a more serious setting: an Irish castle haunted by the ghosts of two murdered youths.
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Delphinium (first published May 5th 2009)
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Aug 31, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked this better than its prequel. I was a little more accumstomed to the author's dry humor, I like his use of words, and the book had a more definitive ending.

A favorite quote from the Irish priest: " of the few disadvantages of a long life is that so much knowledge is heaped upon my head that I sometimes worry my poor skull is going to crack under the weight and my brain drip down onto the floor like puffin droppings."

And a description of the unwanted intruder: His Lordship was tall
Nov 13, 2009 rated it liked it
I did not enjoy this as much as the first book in the trilogy, The Pig Did It. That was humourous and eventful. While this is a well-written book, the tone is more serious, or at the least the characters were far more introspective, and obsessive, obsessive at least with their ghostly problem. I was looking for a blast of an ending and was left with a feeling that the story didn't really end at all. I must have missed something because I didn't see a real resolution. Perhaps the last book in the ...more
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it
A weak 3 stars; I didn't find it as entertaining as the first in the series. Not enough show, too much tell. Repetitious inner thoughts of main characters, even if delivered in entertaining, humorous fashion.
Patrick Barry
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Book 2 of the Pig Triliogy reunites the Pig with newlyweds Kieran Sweeney and Kitty McCloud. In a newly acquired castle, all three can see the ghosts of a young couple wrongly hung in the British occupation. But why are they the only ones to see such going on. Meanwhile an old English Lord returns with claims on the castle. How can this be resolved. Well a good old Irish feast will help just about everything. Anice light read with humorous touches.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
As entertaining as the first!
Sandra Guerguy
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Second novel in a trilogy that involves the characters of the first novel and of course the famous pig. This time, Kitty McCloud and her new found husband Kieran Sweeney occupy a castle that was purchased by Kitty. Come to find out that it is haunted by two beautiful souls, Brid and Taddy. Histories and stories are intertwined with both past and present to deliver another rollicking tale.
Erica Verrillo
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Pig Comes to Dinner is the delightful sequel to The Pig Did It, Joseph Caldwell's hilarious farce about love, Ireland and pigs.

The story begins a short time after the first book's dramatic climax. Kitty and Kieran have married and moved into Castle Kissane, an ancient structure (something between a fortress and a barn) with a horrifying past. While the turret might seem a perfect place for Kitty to write her "corrections" of famous novels (in which the original writers have somehow gotten th
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally bought book 1 and 2 of this pig trilogy, book 1 had received great reviews and I figured I would want to read all three. However after reading the first book, the Pig Did It, I was greatly disappointed as I didn't enjoy that book at all. Then I didn't want to read this book, I actually dreaded it. But since I had it, I decided I might as well. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised. This plot seemed much more plausible than the first plot. I also found the main characters in bo ...more
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This novel is one of the more unique books I have read lately. The main character is an Irish author who specializes in writing "corrections" of famous novels - writing them the way they should have been written. For example, in her correction of Jane Eyre " is Rochester who throws himself from the attic in despair over Jane's rejection of a bigamous marriage, after which Jane, with her goodness and kindness, tames the Madwoman, and the two of them create for themselves a life of calm conte ...more
This is the second book in the Pig Trilogy. This novel focuses on Kitty McCloud and her new husband Kiernan. They have recently purchased a castle as their home. But this home is inhabited by a pair of ghost lovers, hanged when a plot to blow up the castle went awry. Kitty first sees the ghosts thanks to the pig. As they learn more about the ghosts, each one of them is drawn to the ghost of the opposite sex. They learn from the local witch that it was their ancestors that are to blame for these ...more
Sherrill Watson
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
So Mr. Caldwell is in his 80s, gay, and decided to write humorous novels for a change. Yippee!

Kitty McCloud "corrects" novels. That is, she rewrites them in a modern idiom, what an excellent concept!

There's Kitty and Kieran, and Aaron and Lolly, and Brid and Taddy, who were hung, wrongly, about 200 years ago, in Kitty and Kieran's Castle Kissane, in County Cork, Ireland. And, of course, The Pig. Unnamed. Father Colavin is called, but exorcisms are only to deal with bad ghosts. Then there's Lord
Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Newly-wed life-long enemies Kitty McCloud and Kieran Sweeney have moved into Shaftoe Castle, cursed by the unjust deaths of two young people at the hands of Lord Shaftoe hundreds of years before. They are surprised to find the ghosts of the dead youth and girl haunting the castle, and even more surprised when they each realize that they have fallen in love with one of the ghosts. Then the current Lord Shaftoe appears, claiming that he alone owns the castle. Can Kitty and Kieran leave their belov ...more
Dec 20, 2011 rated it liked it
This is the second in a series of books...maybe I would have liked it better if I'd read the first one. In this book, an Irish couple owns a castle that is haunted by two young people who were hanged there. Only the couple, and the pig they got as a wedding gift, can see the ghosts. This book purports to be along the comedic lines but I didn't think it was particularly funny. There is a bit of a mystery in the book, and some drama when an ancestor of the castle's original owner shows up claiming ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Darlene by: My husband Clare Sampley
A fun followup to "The Pig Did it." The second in the trilogy, "The Pig Comes to Dinner," begs the question, "In what form--as entre or guest?" Another delightful book, it introduces two new other-worldly characters, Brid and Taddy. Caldwell has a fine-tuned sense of humor, but I'm afraid I missed a lot of it by not having previously read George Elliot's "The Mill on the Floss." Caldwell understands well the stereotype of the Irish Storeyteller! I'm eager to read the third in the trilogy, "The P ...more
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this book even more than the first! I can't wait to read book 3! I must say what happened to the pig was an unpleasant surprise I'm still not over. For a second I wanted to laugh, but only for a second! Then I was just overcome with shock & outrage. I can't believe Mr. Caldwell did that to that adorable pig! I loved him so! He was the best pig there ever was. He will be missed. :( Mr. Caldwell you broke my heart. But I still love you. The writing in this book was excellent. The humor top ...more
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was the second book in this series. The wayward pig is not so much a character as a foil for pulling all of the other characters together. I loved this story of Kieran and Kitty setting up housekeeping in an old castle with a troubled past. Each passage was something to savor, laugh about or read out loud to others.

I eagerly anticipate the third book, but I have to wonder at the connection, given the ending of this second one...
Feb 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
I was at work and needed something to pass the time during my student’s independent work time, and this title caught my eye. It was a fun read. One issue I had was with the narrator. What she said was true for a character, and what the character did, didn't always match. I couldn't figure out if I was supposed to be reading a very biased narrator (a la Wuthering Heights) or if the author just didn't notice the inconsistencies.

Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
The pig returns in this second volume of the trilogy. The four main characters from the first book are now paired off and married. Kitty and Kiernan, the McCloud-Sweeney feud behind them, are setting up residence in an old castle. Should they believe the tales of a gunpowder plot, hanged young lovers, and ghosts? The pig leaves Lolly and Aaron's care to set things right at the castle. Wonderful comic novel, with lilting language that begs to be read aloud.
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: irish
This is the second book in a trilogy.
This book was a little wordy for what it was trying to achieve. Nonetheless, it was entertaining. We find out how the feud began between Kitty and Kieran (who are now newlyweds) and we find out what happened to the pig (comical and sad all at once). I really liked the device of the two ghosts haunting the castle and why they were there. The fantastical imagery and the overbearing history seem very Irish to me. I'm on hold for part III!
Georgina Hynd
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
It's all about ghosts, pigs, dynamite, writers block, castles, property battles, pompous men and dry Irish humour. Not sure what more to say about it. Didn't hate it, didn't love it, glad I read it. It felt at times like having a conversation with my late brother who was full of wonderful flowery language and dry jokes, with me sitting smiling and nodding as my head tries to digest the overload of information coming at me. Not for everyone but still a nice read.
Apr 19, 2011 rated it liked it
i think i liked the first one better (the pig did it) tho there were some elements of this one that were just as entertaining. (i do love the irish flair for storytelling...the long paragraphs on the lordship's drooping body, for example, cracked me up.) i did like the romantic "goth" element of mournful, pitiful ghosts, but the ending didn't quite satisfy.

Donna Davis
I can't believe this book was only reviewed 49 times! It brightened my year when it came out. I looked forward to it, the second in the series (the first being The Pig Did It). Written with sly humor, it is one of the most unique novels I have read in a very long time. Put it on your list, but read the first in the series before you do so.
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: current
A different sort of book, blending history with today.
An interesting take of a richly historical place with the culture all its own.

Enjoyed the twists and turns of mystery, and humor.
Was not your typical read, nice variety, but description and setting sometimes were overwhelming and had to concentrate to follow some of it.

Will look to find the sequel.
Aug 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read the first one of this series and didn't like it very much and I wouldn't have bothered with this one except that it was the one book that I took with me on a trip and so went ahead and read it. Same thing. Not terribly likeable characters. I didn't even like the pig that much.
May 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
The dialog was clever and the characters were likeable, and I appreciated reading some of the thoughts about Ireland. But basically I got bored with the book about 1/2 of the way through and ended up just pretty much skimming to the end. There just wasn't enough meat there.
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Irish romantics
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Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland, irish, pig
It takes a little time to get into the Irish rhythm of the prose, but once you get used to it, it is magically transporting.

Not going to give away the ending, but the possibilties for the third in the trilogy are going to be interesting.
May 04, 2011 rated it liked it
3 and 1/2 stars again. Love the characters and the crazy things that happen to them. I also like the mystical elements (seers, ghosts, etc.) and the underlying devotion of everyone to their homeland of Ireland. I also enjoyed the literary references and funny dialogue.
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very fun story. I'm glad the story focused more on Kitty and her husband rather than her nephew. It was sort of sad that they decided not to blow up the castle and instead live with the ghosts. It was also sad that the pig came to dinner.
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
You know, I really liked this book until the last 1/4 of it.
It was sad at the end and I have to wonder if it was not the author's subtle (or not so subtle) way of pushing vegetarianism.
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A playwright and novelist whose books include The Pig Did It, The Pig Comes to Dinner, and The Pig Goes to Hog Heaven, Joseph Caldwell has been awarded the Rome Prize for Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York City and is working on various post-Pig writing projects.

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Pig Trilogy (3 books)
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