January 12, 2021

THE DECAPITATED CHICKEN (La gallina degollada) by Horacio Quiroga, “The Decapitated Chicken” (“La gallina degollada”) was first published on I am FUCKING PROUD of this essay, in which I compared the gruesome short story La gallina degollada, or The Decapitated Chicken, to the tortured life and. Buy La gallina degollada (Spanish Edition): Read Kindle Store Reviews –

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At 18 months this son also suffers convulsions and is left an idiot. It is clear that the parents spoil their dear Bertita, the healthy and beautiful child, while ignoring their retarded sons, the “monsters” that represent the infirmity of their love, and treat them cruelly.

It’s not surprising then, that he would choose to write on the subject of death. Old and in failing health, he realized that he was left completely alone at the end of a life full of suffering, and committed suicide on February 19th, Anarchy masochisticzoe miraclegrove – 05 – 03 Even though in the later years Berta continued to care for her sons, the birth of Bertita made her forget almost completely her four sons.

The twins could not swallow, move about or even sit up. Much like Thomas Hardy, Quiroga had a very depressing life. It began with the change of pronouns: The story is not just about madness and violent death; it chronicles the breakdown of a relationship through the loss of respect, affection, and hope. Apr 05, Jo rated it liked it. I read this for a capstone class in college, and was surprised I enjoyed it. Yet they were almost always stuck in a somber lethargy of idiocy, they spent the whole day seated on the bench with their legs hanging down motionless, their pants soaked in saliva.


Patrick McDonald rated it liked it Mar 15, The couple decide to go out for the day with Bertita. Books by Horacio Quiroga. Cindy Lou rated it liked it May 28, Alex Holmes rated it liked it Jun 08, Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia.

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This makes sense since Quiroga was the first person to be concerned about the technical aspects of the short story, tirelessly honing his style for which he hpracio returns to the same subjects to reach near-perfection in his last works. That was the first fight, and many were to follow.

His mother remarried, but a few years after the wedding, his stepfather committed suicide. On her fourth birthday little Bertita falls ill, having eaten a surfeit of sweets; in contrast with her brothers she is spoiled and overindulged. They watched her search everywhere for a place to rest her toes and climb higher. Jun 05, Victoria rated it liked it. With the twins, the deadly line of descent had seemed to reach its conclusion. As the sun set and began to hide itself behind the wall, the idiots rejoiced.

Both tales depict growing hopelessness and the breakdown of a once happy marriage.

Horacio Quiroga is a genius.: miraclegrove

Ben Echarry rated it liked it Mar 17, Unfortunately, after a year and a half the baby that had “completed their happiness” falls ill qquiroga becomes retarded. For that you have to go to your library or a bookshop.

Likewise, he had to console, to relentlessly hold Horaco, wounded by the most profound failure of a young marriage. Zoey rated it liked it Apr 06, Disaster is inevitable; all that remains to be revealed is the unfolding of the tragedy.


She even tried to jump over the edge of the wall but was pulled back, and fell. This uneven collection of stories run from sublime jungle stories “Anaconda,” “Juan Darien” to uneven revenge tales “A Slap in the Face” and the sickening title story. It had been their blood, their love that was cursed!

Lots to love, but not consistent enough to be gallinx phenomenal. By now they have shifted from “great compassion for their four sons” to overt hostility, demonstrated by the increasingly strong language used to describe the boys—”monsters,” “four poor beasts”—and the fact that they are kept in the yard.

Their sister, exhausted after five hours of paternal love, wanted to see something on her own account. In the end, the parents do not hear the shouts of their daughter until, in “a funereal silence,” they understand that they have lost “the manifestation of their love,” their daughter Bertita.

This is the boiling point: They despair and begin to blame each other, but try their luck once again. The young parents love their subnormal offspring and care for them as best they can.

Hoarcio the sun began to set the family returned home; but Berta stayed outside a moment to say hello to the neighbors who lived across the street.