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You're an Animal, Viskovitz Paperback – June 17, 2003
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The author's genius lay in endowing his animal characters with just enough human attributes balanced with their "natural" concerns (i.e., a dung beetle still needs to roll you-know-what), and write the tales with aboslute deadpan seriousness.
Biologists know all animal life [and perhaps a few plants!] is driven by the "Five Fs" - Feed, Fear, Fight, Flight and . . . er . . . reproduction. Boffa rearranges the queue to put the last up front. As twenty different species, not all of them definably male, Viskovitz uses every opportunity to continue the line. His quest to mate, especially with the love of his choice, consumes him in each guise. His sense of mission may seem extreme to some, but the tales clearly represent what has been learned from studying life. Boffa recounts the many rituals various species go through in attracting mates. Africa's dung beetle Viskovitz goes beyond mere collecting and posturing. He becomes a monopolistic entrepreneur, determined to overwhelm any competition in his desire to win the beetle Ljuba. The resolution of that courtship is a priceless example of what "diversity of life" truly means. Identity may be hidden in some remote aspect of an organism.
Ljuba, primary object of desire, isn't the only influence on Viskovitz' life. There is Zucotic, who might be Viskovitz' alter ego.Read more ›
This book is not only funny, satirical, witty, and surprising, it is also informative. Alessandro Boffa is a biologist, and through these imaginative tales you will learn interesting tidbits about the physiology and behavior of animal species. And one more thing: you will gain insight into the vagaries of the human condition as well. Highly recommended for a quick and fanciful read.
boffa writes with delightful humour that is a joy to behold. each story is about a certain animal named viskovitz and his love for a certain lubja. viskovitz & lubja assume the roles of a multitude of creatures from the animal kingdom.
on the whole, this book comes highly recommended for anyone who loves great writing and quirky humour.
one of my discoveries of the year.
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This book is the funniest! I wanted to have it in my iPad and share it with my friends and family.
I am familiar with the paper version.
Bold concept exquisitely realised (and translated). The saga of life in a nutshell; how long till it achieves the classic status it deserves? Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
it's true that I started studying Biology, and then switched to Design - maybe that's why I still have an interest in the animal world. Read morePublished on September 28, 2010 by M. Petric
While the stories in this volume are quite clever, the jokes get a little old by the time you're about halfway through. Read morePublished on April 24, 2008 by Deb Oestreicher
Move over Aesop ... meet your 21st century reincarnation. Well not exactly - Aesop is more heuristic; Boffa is more satiric. Read morePublished on June 12, 2007 by M. J. Smith