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Urupês is a collection of short stories that depict life in the Brazilian countryside with wit, humor, and a sharp eye for social issues. The author, José Bento Renato Monteiro Lobato, explores various themes such as poverty, corruption, and the clash between tradition and modernity.

One of the strengths of Urupês is Lobato's vivid and colorful portrayal of the characters and settings. The stories are populated by a diverse cast of characters, from the cunning and conniving Ze Bebelo to the eccentric and lovable Jeca Tatu. The author's keen observation of human nature shines through in each story, making the characters feel real and relatable.

Another highlight of Urupês is Lobato's sharp critique of Brazilian society. Through his stories, he exposes the greed, laziness, and hypocrisy that pervade rural life, as well as the government corruption and ineptitude that exacerbate these problems. Despite the often grim subject matter, Lobato infuses his stories with humor and irony, making them both thought-provoking and entertaining.

Overall, Urupês is a compelling and insightful read that offers a unique glimpse into the complexities of Brazilian society. Lobato's blend of humor, social commentary, and emotional depth makes this collection a must-read for anyone interested in Brazilian literature or exploring the human condition.

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Urupês é um livro de contos de Monteiro Lobato, que se constitui, em sua maior parte, de uma recolha de artigos publicados originalmente entre 1914 e 1917 na Revista do Brasil e no Estado de São Paulo. A obra foi considerada pela crítica como um marco no regionalismo literário, ao se afastar de imagens caras ao regionalismo romântico. É nesta obra que aparece, pela primeira vez, a personagem do Jeca-Tatu. - Summary by Leni

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