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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Bichos by Miguel Torga. Bichos by Miguel Torga. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Bichos , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Bichos. This is delightful classic of Portuguese literature.
The stories center around a specific animal with a human name. Instead of anthropomorphizing the beasts, the stories involve some human interaction.
Bambo the toad and Uncle Arruda enjoy life; Miura the bull stares down a bull fighter; Tenorio the rooster bothers the neighbors with his early morning cawing; Clara asks the c This is delightful classic of Portuguese literature.
Bambo the toad and Uncle Arruda enjoy life; Miura the bull stares down a bull fighter; Tenorio the rooster bothers the neighbors with his early morning cawing; Clara asks the cuckoo how many years she must wait for her love to arrive. The people are poor and life is hard. Faith and rural life underline the simple life.
Yet the stories I liked best were the final two. The life of senhor Nicolau, the zoologist, is recounted, tying together all the previous stories with his thirty years obsession with recording nature. Nothing worse than the wrath of god. Poor Noah, shaking in his boots. A special thanks to Susana who steered me in this direction. Sorry it took so long to read. View all 10 comments. In this book, Miguel Torga reveals himself to be an excellent storyteller in reporting through the animals the hardships of mountain life and of those who live there.
Knowing from this reality, Torga writes these tales, beginning the cycle of the tales of the mountain, true paradigms of the art of writing in a prose simultaneously sensitive and enlightened, incisive and full of meaning, unveiling the daily man of the mountain and his form of to live with the wild environment where it is inserted In this book, Miguel Torga reveals himself to be an excellent storyteller in reporting through the animals the hardships of mountain life and of those who live there.
Knowing from this reality, Torga writes these tales, beginning the cycle of the tales of the mountain, true paradigms of the art of writing in a prose simultaneously sensitive and enlightened, incisive and full of meaning, unveiling the daily man of the mountain and his form of to live with the wild environment where it is inserted. Evoking the genuinely Portuguese in a rurality primordially and umbilically linked to the essence of Portuguese, Torga never fails to point the finger at the man of the bourgeois city, accommodated, far from the reality that forged and standardized by the value complexes of capitalist technology.
At the same time, it also assumes the rich complexity of the rural world, the close relationship between sacred and profane, and the evocation of a pre-Christian mysticism, which is a determining factor in the coexistence of mountain man with divinity. Beautiful book to be read and reread. View all 4 comments. Mar 07, Maria rated it it was amazing. This book surprised me a lot!
Dec 25, Rute Guerreiro rated it it was amazing. Nov 04, Tiago rated it really liked it. Book with several short stories some told by animals other by humans in a countryside environment. The author starts the book by welcoming the reader and making it part of it.
The reason for that becomes apparent when reading the first half of the stories. The stories are very dark, having a strong tension resembling a bit of Kafka's Metamorphosis or Suskin's The Pigeon. It requires some pause in between them The other half are more easily read, all very realistic, with a deep human sense.
In al Book with several short stories some told by animals other by humans in a countryside environment. In all of them is clear that the author had spent much time in the countryside observing life of all "animals" human and non-human. Oct 06, Joaobispo rated it liked it. It's a nice book, contains short stories about animals doing animal things but having human dramas.
Since each story is just a couple of pages long, it was difficult to "get into it", but it is very well written and has some nice stories. Nov 24, Magda Cerqueira rated it it was ok. Small tales using animals to describe people from the hills with great accuracy. Easy reading, too. Jul 30, Natacha rated it it was amazing. I read this when I was in highschool and still today after so many years some of the stories come to my mind, they leave a mark on you - specially the one about the bullfight, will never forget it Feb 11, Soraia Ferreira rated it liked it.
A very interesting book, with little stories very well written. The concept behind this book was quite original. I would say even better executed than London's "Call of the Wild. May 17, Sophia rated it it was ok. I must admit that the author's writing style is interesting, as some of his characters.
However, I only really liked one story, and was disappointed by the endings of the others On Portugal's day, national holiday of 10th of June, I read this wonderful book describing all sort of "bichos" in a fantastic prose that made me want to read more from Torga.
Oct 15, Goreti rated it really liked it. Simple writing in simple short story's, that can make us dream with simpler things. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. Short Stories. About Miguel Torga. Miguel Torga.
Miguel Torga, pseudonym of Adolfo Correia da Rocha was one of the greatest Portuguese writers of the 20th century. He wrote poetry, short stories, theater and a 16 volume diary. After graduation he worked in his village and in other places in the country, publishing his books from his own pocket for a number of years. In , he established himself as an otolaryngologist physician in Coimbra.
His agnostic beliefs seems to reflect in his work, that deals mainly with the nobility of the human condition in a beautiful but ruthless world where God is absent or is nothing but a passive and silent, indiferent creator. He was several times nominated for the Nobel Prize of Literature, being the last one in , but he never won.
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