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Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
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Jan 24, 2012

really liked it

This book is a maze of a story. It starts as a competition between an author who's a serial killer in his stories (the women never make it out alive) and a woman who challenges him to change his ways through a variety of tales. This woman is not his wife, but his wife also becomes involved in these stories as each person tries to challenge their ideas of love and relationships and individual humanity.

It helps to know that the story is the author's interpretation of the Bluebeard fairy tale, which is the one where Bluebeard keeps a room full of the heads of his previous wives. It's also related to Reynardine, which is a British iteration of a similar story. And of course, that's where we get the title and the main character's name: Mr. Fox. But who's wit and craftiness will win out? Mr. Fox? Mrs. Fox? The mysterious and possibly fictional Mary Foxe? We may never know, but the chase is the thing in this book.
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