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South American Jungle Tales

Horacio Quiroga (1878-1937)

1. How the Rays Defended the Ford
2. The Story of Two Raccoon Cubs and Two Man Cubs
3. The Parrot That Lost Its Tail
4. The Blind Doe
5. The Alligator War
6. How the Flamingoes Got Their Stockings
7. The Lazy Bee
8. The Giant Tortoise's Golden Rule

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The stories in South American Jungle Tales center on the relationships between people and the different creatures Quiroga came into contact with on his farm in Misiones, a region of jungle in Uruguay along the banks of the Upper Parana river. Each story quickly evolves into a fantastical realm where the various animals take on familiar human characteristics. These stories, of course, are a metaphor for how man interacts with nature. They are used to show how human beings are an integral part of a greater ecosystem; and can either chose to exploit it to his detriment, or to live in harmony within it.


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