Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorRocca, Guidoen_US
dc.contributor.illustratorPictures by Giulio Cingoli and Giancarlo Carlonien_US
dc.identifier.other4608 (Access ID)en_US
dc.description.abstractThis big book was apparently first published in Italian, and copyrighted by Ugo Mursia Editore. Rocca died in 1961 at the age of thirty-three shortly after composing this work. The translation is copyrighted 1966. I think I finally gave in and bought the book because it has so often appeared in my web searches for fable books. With 60 pages (and a T of C at the back), the book stretches the dimensions of fable in the strict sense I would like to retain. Maybe it is a fable-like short story or novella. Cecco the gamekeeper cares for some 3000 pheasants in the game preserve at Belmondo. Gaetano has a blue tail and differs from the other pheasants also in that he can think. He experiences the first of many traumatic hunting days. He learns then that, to stay alive, he needs not to fly. Gaetano seizes a moment to exhort his fellow pheasants to take measures against the hunters--like flying low or walking near the beaters or dogs. They discuss his ideas, but those win the day who say that it is pheasants' destiny to be hunted. Two pheasants even institute a betting game with odds on the next pheasant-victims. Gaetano finally leaves with four other pheasants. They seek the sea and/or the land where pheasants can live in peace. After difficult adventures, Gaetano and his lady pheasant Donatella make it to an island. Victory! An epilogue tells us that the island soon was full of blue-tailed pheasants. The art varies. Some of the styles include a collecting or cataloguing style showing and labeling different types of pheasants or dogs on the same page, a primitive cartoon style notable for its big round eyes, and suggestive monochromes. Among the best might be the conversation of the three last pheasants with Pietro the lobster (55).en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityGuido Roccaen_US
dc.publisherHarper & Rowen_US
dc.subject.lccPZ7.R5815 Gae 1966en_US
dc.titleGaetano the Pheasant: A Hunting Fableen_US
dc.typeBook, Whole
dc.publisher.locationNew Yorken_US
dc.acquired.locationMidway Books, St. Paulen_US
dc.cost.usCost: $5.25en_US
dc.description.bindingThis is a hardbound book (hard cover)en_US
dc.description.coverThis book has a dust jacket (book cover)en_US
dc.subject.local1Guido Roccaen_US

Files in this item


There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record