Mr. Fox

Mr. Fox

Book - 2011
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Fairy-tale romances end with a wedding, and the fairy tales don't get complicated. In this book, the celebrated writer Mr. Fox can't stop himself from killing off the heroines of his novels, and neither can his wife, Daphne. It's not until Mary, his muse, comes to life and transforms him from author into subject that his story begins to unfold differently.
Publisher: Toronto : Hamish Hamilton Canada, 2011.
ISBN: 9780143179238
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 07, 2014

Quirky, a little disjointed but interesting

Oct 26, 2013

This is a very complicated fairy tale, based on the story of Bluebeard. Mr. Fox is a writer who kills off his heroines. Mary is his muse who comes to life. I was looking forward to this book after hearing Oyeyemi read excerpts at the Ottawa Writers' Festival. However, although well-written and inventive, it was too complex and I read only half.

melwyk May 01, 2012

The stories jump from narrator to narrator, and setting and time frame, and it often takes a page or two to sort it out and situate yourself in the new tale. While it could have felt disjointed, to me it felt more kaleidoscopic: the stories were shards of the same premise, all tumbling around together in one container, creating different images and patterns with each turn. While it was hard work at times, it was also startling and shocking and beautiful and horrible to read. Oyeyemi's voice is very much her own; this reminded me of her other books yet she's created a wholly new story here. Influenced by the tale of Bluebeard, she puts her own spin on the concept and creates something that shines with her particular brand of brilliance.

full review at Indextrious Reader

Nov 08, 2011

I enjoyed the fact that this book was hard to place in a defined era. It had a great use of language and explored its characters well.


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Dec 18, 2011

Mr Fox opens with a famous author, St. John Fox, sitting in his study in 1937, "sort of listening to something by Glazunov; there's a symphony of his you can't listen to with the windows closed, you just can't. Well, I guess you could, but you'd get agitated and run at the walls. Maybe that's just me. My wife was upstairs. Looking at magazines or painting or something, who knows what Daphne does. Hobbies."

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