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You're an Animal, Viskovitz!, by Alessandro Boffa

ati_ombra's review against another edition

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5.0

Hahahahahah libro sicuramente singolare!

thepentheimk's review against another edition

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2.0

I had a very difficult time getting into this; I read the first several stories over a period of weeks and months. Later, I read the rest in a day; I'm not sure if they were better or if it was just my frame of mind. Some were interesting, even poignant at times, and a certain story sticks with me, but I'm fairly sure my initial reluctance to enjoy it was a better summary for the collection than a stronger reaction to a few pieces of it.

jordancherise's review against another edition

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funny lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

So clever and funny, absolute delight, every story in the collection is a little gem.

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blacktag189's review against another edition

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5.0

This is not your typical book, at all. Each chapter is a different interpretation on the ideas of love through the metaphor of animals. It was amazing, quirky, witty, and uplifting. Highly recommended!

boyblue's review against another edition

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5.0

This is an excellent collection of short stories which reveal more about the human condition through animals than most literature can achieve with thousands of words about human characters. It's also hilarious, and has a good book's rare ability to make you laugh out loud. From the drug dog addicted to the drugs he's trained to find, to the lion in love with the antelope he should eat, and a sponge that ends up mating with itself and every family member it has in an incestuous flurry, this book has it all.

kevincatapusan's review

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3.0

A collection of short fables, the book reveals a character that seems to be in the process of knowing himself. Since the author is a biologist, technical terms were used all throughout. It is a fun read. However, I am not a fan of reading shorts. I have not enjoyed it as much as reading other genres.

laviniag's review against another edition

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4.0

A funny mix of fables, irony, satire, human typology and delicious language. I loled a lot, which is, I think, the ultimate aim of it.

blkmymorris's review against another edition

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4.0

Okay. It was a fun read. Basically, it takes Ovid's metamorphosis and follow a male named Viskovitz through his romantic pursuit of a mate named Ljuba in the bodies of many different species. It's weirdly a little sexist in the lion section, but it's pretty funny. The stories are pretty funny, and some are very short, so it makes for a quick read.

trin's review against another edition

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4.0

This is a really funny clever book, written by a biologist, and what he does is use the mating habits of all these different species of animals to reflect on the ridiculousness, the tragedy, the beauty, and the futility of the human animal's mating games. Viskovitz, in the various interconnected stories in this book, is at times a shark, a rat, a lion, a praying mantis, a pig, an ant, a bee...and his fumblings in all these forms to find love-and-sex, sex-and-love, are both hilarious and tragic. It's a really terrific, creative book, guaranteed to both delight and horrify. Watch out for self-impregnating, hermaphroditic snails!
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