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  1. says:

    Love and Revenge among the most intense, powerful, all consuming passions in the entire range of human experience I just did finish Jo Nesb s The Son, a novel fueled by high octane love and revenge, enough revenge that when a reader turns the book s last page, the tally of corpses for the morgue runs in double digits Curiously enough, Nesb s novel reminded me of another tale of love and revenge, a classic, one penned by the inventor of the modern revenge tale, Edgar Allan Poe, a tale about a dwarf in the court of a medieval king, a tale with the title Hop Frog.The narrator begins by saying he never knew anybody who appreciated a joke as much as the king, a fat, jolly king who s central reason for living was joking, so much so he surrounded himself with seven equally fat ministers who were accomplished jokers And, as to the variety of jokes the king most enjoyed, well, the coarser the better, specifically, coarse jokes that made fun, nay, humiliated and degraded others, and, to add spice to his fun, if such humiliation and degradation mixed with a good dose of sadism, well, now that would really and truly be funny.So, recognizing his taste for coarse, sadistic humor, this oh so jolly king had a special variety of jester at his court a three in one object of ridicule, since his jester was not only a funny fatso but also, as the narrator describes, a dwarf and a cripple, a jester by the name of Hop Frog, so named since Hop Frog didn t walk, rather this pint sized fatso could only move by awkward, jerking jumps And, for even greater kicks and jollies, the king also kept a second dwarf, a graceful young girl by the name of Trippetta What fun And, not surprisingly, emotionally bonded in their common plight, Trippetta and Hop Frog became fast friends.Let s pause to reflect on a few similarities between Poe s tale and Nesb s novel Both feature a protagonist not only violated but, even extreme, dehumanized both tale and novel feature a sadistic villain and, lastly, both feature a protagonist s love for another And these three common themes appear in abundance in Dark Arrows Great Stories of Revenge anthologized by Alberto Manguel, featuring such tales as The Squaw by Bram Stoker, Emma Zunz by Jorge Luis Borges and A Bear Hunt by William Faulkner The reason I reference these tales is to underscore the power such a narrative line has for readers via the magic of literature, we live through the emotions of the violated extracting their revenge and rescuing the love of their life a deeply moving experience.Back on Poe s tale The king hosts a masquerade ball but is in a quandary what should he himself do to be original Events transpire leading Hop Frog to offer a suggestion a party of eight can enter the masquerade as escaped wild orangutans The king jumps at the suggestion he and his seven ministers will do it Such costumed extravaganzas are part of the historic record case in point in France during the 14th century, a young French king and his five nobleman buddies covered themselves with tar, flax and animal hair and, taking the role of wood savages, entered a room of masqueraders The wood savages hooted and howled to everyone s delight but disaster of disasters a masquerader s torch came too close several wood savages caught fire and burned alive Will a similar fate befall the king and his seven ministers Read this Poe tale link below to find out And please let this review serve as a double recommendation one recommendation for Poe s tale and one for Jo Nesb s novel Revenge doesn t get any sweeter.http poestories.com read hop frog


  2. says:

    This tale of revenge is less gothic than many of Poe s other tales, yet it still packs an allegorical punch Here we have a story of a dwarf who s a court jester to a king who just loves a good joke, often at the dwarf s expense But the king goes too far when one day he throws wine in the face of the dwarf s friend, a young girl very little less dwarfish then himself The revenge involves getting the king and his ministers to dress as Eight Chained Ourang Outangs at a masquerade and then No, I won t spoil the end Instead, I ll take up a couple of other points of interest.First, the narrator He s never named and it s never clear what exactly his relation is to the events he relates I find this interesting because Poe always took great care with his narrators, often making them unreliable in the most fascinating ways We know that this narrator was a subject of the king he repeatedly calls him our king , but that s it Part of me wondered, as I read, whether the narrator was actually the dwarf himself, because the narrator is quite biting and sarcastic toward the king, calling him a tyrant and a monster and repeatedly fat As for the ministers, they all took after the kingin being large, corpulent, oily men, as well as inimitable jokers But the better explanation, I think, is that the narrator isn t the dwarf himself, but rather is relating this tale as a form of allegory Indeed, there s some indication that this is being told some time after the events described, as the narrator goes out of his way to explain that a t the date of my narrative, professing jesters had not altogether gone out of fashion at court and that d warfs were as common at court, in those days, as fools Later, the narrator makes clear that orang outangs had, at the epoch of my story, very rarely been seen in any part of the civilized world At the epoch of my story Hmm That seems like long ago Yet at the very beginning of the tale, the narrator suggests he personally knew the king I never knew any one so keenly alive to a joke as the king was So perhaps we have an old man telling a story of his youth, a cautionary tale that has, given the passage of time, slipped the moors of realism and resides now in the realm of allegory.This brings me to my second point of interest, namely the allegorical nature of this tale You can read into it any number of things a criticism of slavery, alcoholism, or monarchy itself, all of which were very much live issues in Poe s day But for me it seemed almost like a fairy tale, divorced from worldly concerns the kind of thing you d read in the Brothers Grimm It had a fairy tale s lightness about it, a jauntiness that belied the rather horrible things described And the end is pure fairy tale magic itself.


  3. says:

    Wow What a great story from Poe about revenge A king calls Hop Frog, a jester, and his female friend, Trippetta, in to perform and entertain He is a cruel and bored and plays upon Hop Frog s deformities for his own amusement His advisers are no better After insulting Hop Frog and Trippetta, Hop Frog devises a wonderful form of revenge for the king and his counselors After all ,This one was a surprise for me Not exactly one of his creepiest stories, but it really made you agree that the bad guys, the king his ministers council totally deserved what they got.


  4. says:

    Hop Frog is one of my favorite of Poe s stories A twisted tale of revenge with a happy ending, Hop Frog tells of two dwarves, best friends and unfortunately captives of a king who forces them to do tricks for his amusement Tired of being sideshow spectacles to his ridicule and cruelty, they both come up with a plan to put a stop to it once and for all.


  5. says:

    Un buen relato pero muy muy corto


  6. says:

    Un relato sobre venganza Impactante El que sea corta no le quita lo macabro a la historia.


  7. says:

    One of my favorite stories by EAP.


  8. says:

    This is one of Poe s twisted creepers.


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  10. says:

    A brief diversion To be enjoyed by one and all Thanks Brian


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Hop-Frog download Hop-Frog, read online Hop-Frog, kindle ebook Hop-Frog, Hop-Frog 432c6cbd131e Hop Frog And His Friend Trippetta Have Been Captured By One Of The King S Generals And Brought Back To The King As Servants Hop Frog Serves As Jester To The King And Trippetta Helps To Plan And Decorate For Social Events She Is Also Forced To Dance For The King And His Court Both Hop Frog And Trippetta Are Dwarves The King And His Ministers Enjoy Laughing At And Abusing Hop Frog Even His Name Is The Result Of Their Making Fun Of The Way He Walks When The Abuse Becomes Unbearable, Hop Frog Devises And Carries Out An Ingenious But Horrific Plan Of Revenge Upon The King And His Ministers