In a huge, dark forest somewhere in the north, a round, rather simple hedgehog called Pork emerges from a pile of leaves in the night... and sets in motion this powerful - and unusual - collection of animal stories for adults.There is mystery and terror in the great woodland, and there is love. It is a world where fear and death and the survival of the fittest are the pitiIn a huge, dark forest somewhere in the north, a round, rather simple hedgehog called Pork emerges from a pile of leaves in the night... and sets in motion this powerful - and unusual - collection of animal stories for adults.There is mystery and terror in the great woodland, and there is love. It is a world where fear and death and the survival of the fittest are the pitiless underlying themes. Though they are loosely linked, the stories are written to be read as separate tales, usually with a single main character: an ugly, love-lost squirrel, a wantonly savage stoat, a bat, a veteran hare running before the hounds. They are suspense thrillers or romantic interludes, pure adventure narratives, even horror stories; they all draw us deep into the stern forest through the elements we share with the animals - cold and dark, rain and sun, suspicion, loyalty, the need for warmth and the safety of shelter - above all, the feeling that, even in a world where death is inevitable, there is always enough to make life worth living.The style is clear, straightforward, often very simple, but there is passion as well as knowledge in the book. It brings the wild creates fiercely to life, in a disturbing way, with menace and unease - but vividly, in a literary debut of great imaginative strength....
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Awwww. Is there anything cuter than stories featuring talking animals?They're so sweet, so innocent, so kind to one another. Like that story about a little red hen who needed some help with her chores. All the other animals pitched in and lent a hand, right? Or that time a scorpion and a frog needed to cross a stream. They both cooperated and got the job done, didn't they?Okay, so maybe talking animals aren't always so nice.Sometimes they're pretty darned nasty.The "cute" talking animals in Cris Freddi's stories sometimes help each other out, in a you-scratch-my-back-I'll-scratch-yours kind of way. But, loyalties are often tossed aside, and when a stomach is empty, betrayal is the name of the game. One animal's struggle for survival means another animal's struggle not to become lunch. These tales may seem nasty, blood-soaked and violent as they are, but they're really just truthful renditions of the day-to-day trials faced by real, nontalking animals.Though they're well written and engrossing, Freddi's stories are not for everyone. Especially children . . .
I read Pork and Others in high school. It wasn't assigned in any class; the book was extra pleasure reading. I remember seeing the slim volume of darker animal tales in a Border's bookstore (lament for a lost bookseller) and it captured my eye and then my imagination. The tales are connected, but also stand alone. There is an arc to the narrative, beginning with the tale of a lowly hedgehog, and moving deeper into a wood filled with natural and unnatural fantasy elements. This new kindle edition makes me very happy, and I hope more readers find these wondrous tales. Highly recommended.
WHY WASN’T THIS BOOK CALLED CHEESEWIRE?!?!?! The last story was by far the best and I’m sorry we didn’t get to see more of Cheesewire and Malgotha. GAAAAAAH
Lovely, lyrical prose used to tell shaggy dog stories about the bleak, short lives of animals in a harsh natural world. A lot of them get eaten. Some foil predators. Some find mates. There are a few really excellent ones in here in terms of the emotions they invoke, but I still wound up thinking 'so?' I'd recommend it to people who like this genre, but you might come away from it feeling sort of empty.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, particularly after reading the first story, which is by far the weakest of the bunch. These are stories about the brutality of life in the natural world, and while Freddi occasionally incorporates conventions of the animal fable genre, he makes sure that the forest remains amoral, but ordered.
If you like stories with talking animals, then you might like this book. Every chapter is about a different creature from the forest and their troubles with predators, prey, or relationships, and a lot of death. Overall, I just didn't think it added up to much.
Brilliantly written collection of stories. Dark but wonderful.
A stunning collection of short stories, one of my favourite books of all time.
It was a good time in the forest. Some of the stories were a little lackluster, but it was made up for with a few really great ones.
While trying to find a cover photo I discovered this is somewhat of a rare book. Go figure.