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The Oxboy

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In a mythic past, animals and humans communicated, lived freely together and intermarried. Some humans grew to fear this equality--and soon fear grew to hate. It is among these people that the Oxboy, a child of a mixed marriage is born. A thought-provoking original fantasy about the relationship of humans to other species who share the ecosystem.
Paperback, 105 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Persea Books (first published 1993)
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NebraskaIcebergs
Oct 22, 2011 NebraskaIcebergs rated it it was ok
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While The Oxboy is a well-written allegory with an important message, it is not typical Anne Mazer fare. After the hint of conflict in the first chapter, the next two chapters backtrack to tell about how a woman and an ox unite during a time when animals are outcasts. As such, The Oxboy is a slower and more plodding tale than Anne Mazer's other books. Even when the pace picks up in chapter four, because the strange union is discovered and the family is being hunted, the book remains overtly ...more
Mely
Jan 26, 2011 Mely rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, childrens
Disappointing allegory of racial prejudice with seams showing in background. If you can find it, read Thomas Burnett Swann's The Day of the Minotaur instead. It even covers similar thematic territory; it just gives you a real story and real characters while doing it. Also, like most of Swann's writing, it's got an old-fashioned charm and long-lost sweetness.
Cecilia Rodriguez
Mar 24, 2016 Cecilia Rodriguez rated it it was ok
Shelves: anne-mazer
The plot is somewhat heavy-handed and at sometimes over exagerated.
While themes of prejudice and how animals are hunted are good ones there are better ways to write about them and leave a better impression.
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Feb 08, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing
A very telling tale about prejudice couched in the terms of a fairy tale. Short and easy to reread.
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Another of my favorite kid's books that I will be reading to my nephews and nieces
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Quite a lot of Anne Mazer’s writing education took place while she was unconscious. Her parents wanted desperately to become writers and made themselves get up at 4:00 a.m. Every morning in order to have writing time before their three young children awoke. The first thing Anne heard every day was two big, noisy electric typewriters. The furious sound of typing was her childhood wake-up music. ...more
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