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South American Jungle Tales (1918)

by Horacio Quiroga

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Eight stories set around the Yabebiri and Parana rivers (Argentina), and aimed at the younger audience, although with little moments of humour that endear them to the adult.
I particularly liked the ‘Just So Story’ format of “How the Flamingoes got their Stockings”. When the snakes hold a ball, the flamingoes go shopping for new stockings but are unsuccessful until the mischievous owls fool them with some snakeskins of their recent prey. Insulted by this gesture, their hosts bite them – and that’s why they stand in the water for hours: to relieve the pain.
Other stories have a human element: in “How the Rays Defended the Ford”, a man stops another from dynamiting the fish. One day the rays in turn save him when he is fleeing from a group of hungry panthers to an island in quite a vividly written passage:
“The rays plunged their stingers into the panthers’ feet and at each prick the panthers would send up the most bloodcurdling roars. Meanwhile the panthers were clawing and kicking at the rays, making frightful splashes in the water and tossing up ray fish by the barrel full. Hundreds and hundreds of rays were caught and torn by the panthers’ claws and went floating down the Yabebiri which was soon all tinged with ray blood.”
The older reader will be entertained by the naivety of “The Blind Doe”, where the mother of said deer decides to take her daughter to “a man who was skilful with remedies. This man was a hunter and traded in venison. But, from all reports, she concluded that he was quite a kind-hearted person.”
Quite an enjoyable little collection of stories. ( )
  starbox | Mar 17, 2016 |
Cuentos para niños del gran autor latinoamericano; inspirados en su experiencia de vida en la selvática provincia de Misiones. ( )
  ALICIA-AG | Apr 8, 2015 |
I read this book way back when I was young and loved it to bits. It tells funky stories of animals and their meetings with other animals and men.
I love re-reading it now and again. ( )
  AshuritaLove | Apr 7, 2013 |
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El escritor uruguayo Horacio Quiroga (1879-1937), uno de los grandes clasicos latinoamericanos, presenta en Cuentos de la selva, con imaginacion y fantasia, una selva extraordinaria, dentro de un mundo ideal y magico. Animales y hombres unidos en las experiencias de vivir dentro de una region aislada ofrecen el ejemplo de una nueva dimension de amistad, lealtad, agradecimiento y respeto mutuo. Sin embargo, en la selva encontramos el reverso de la moneda: pescadores que matan peces con dinamita, hombres armados que siembran destruccion a su paso, tigres que atacan con crueldad. En Cuentos de la selva Quiroga exalta la vida en armonia, la solidaridad, el trabajo creativo. Asi, finalmente, el mundo dejara de ser una selva.

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A collection of fifteen short stories for children about animals by Horacio Quiroga.

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