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The Fox

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  1,800 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Sharply observed and expertly crafted, D.H. Lawrence’s The Fox is a captivating work exploring the dual themes of power and supremacy in the aftermath of the First World War. Banford and March live and work together on their meager farm, surviving hardship only by sheer determination and dedicated labor. The farm is their world, a place of safety—that is, until a young sol ...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published June 17th 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1923)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
724. The Fox, D.H. Lawrence
The Fox is a novella by D. H. Lawrence which first appeared in The Dial in 1922. Set in Berkshire, England, during World War I, The Fox, like many of D. H. Lawrence’s other major works, deals with the psychological relationships of three protagonists in a triangle of love and hatred. Without the help of any male laborers, Nellie March and Jill Banford struggle to maintain a marginal livelihood at the Bailey Farm. A fox has raged through the poultry, and although the wo
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، در این کتاب، سخن از مردیست که همچون روباه واردِ زندگیِ دو زن و خواهر، به نامهایِ « بنفورد» و « مارچ» میشود... و میانِ آنها قرار گرفته و از « مارچ» درخواستِ ازدواج میکند... و تشکیلِ یک « مثلث» میدهند که چیزی جز حسادت و بی حرمتی در آن دیده نمیشود... « مارچ» زنی که برایِ گذرانِ زندگی نیاز به هیچ مردی ندارد و همراه با « بنفورد»، مستقلانه زندگی میکنند
زن باید «بیدار میماند» ... باید میفهمید... باید بررسی میکرد و میسنجید و تصمیم میگرفت... باید افسارِ زندگیش را محکم به دست میگرفت...بله،
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
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Greg
Apr 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, foxes
I like and hate D.H. Lawrence.

On the one hand there is something enjoyable about his books, I don't quite know what that something is though. I'm trying to figure it out, but it's just not coming. Somewhere in most of his books that I've read there is something that I like (not love) about them. Not enough that I should have read six of them though. In the case of this book though, I only bought it because I've had luke-warm experiences with Lawrence, but I am a sucker for foxes. The cover is r
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George K.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-century
Ο Ντ. Χ. Λόρενς είναι κυρίως γνωστός για το "Ο εραστής της λαίδης Τσάτερλι" και το "Γιοι και εραστές", όμως εγώ επέλεξα την (όχι και τόσο πολυδιαβασμένη) μικρή αυτή νουβέλα, για πρώτη γνωριμία με το έργο του. Τίμησα την προσφορά της Πολιτείας και αγόρασα χθες το βιβλίο, και σήμερα το μεσημεράκι το άρχισα και το τελείωσα μέσα σ'ένα δίωρο. Η βαθμολογία του βιβλίου στο Goodreads μείωσε κάπως τις προσδοκίες μου πριν το πιάσω στα χέρια μου, παρ'όλα αυτά δεν πέρασα και άσχημα. Διάβασα μια ενδιαφέρουσα ...more
Travelling Sunny
This was on THE LIST. Hold on --- let me correct that punctuation.
This was on THE LIST?

I'm not entirely sure what I just read. I mean, I get that the animal fox was the foreshadowed representation of the human fox. And, I get that the proverbial fox stole the proverbial hen out of the proverbial hen house. But, the story was not engaging or very interesting. To me.

Thankfully, it was short. Here's the even shorter (abridged) version:

**********SPOILERS BELOW**********

March: I'm the pretty one.

Banf
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Sarah
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half.

Two women, Banford and March, are trying to independently run a small farm together and slowly failing in their efforts. The war is just over and soldiers are returning home. There have been cases of the great flu epidemic in the nearby village, so it must be set around 1919, and people are struggling with post war problems including poor food and a cold winter. They are both becoming despondent and fearful for the future.

A fox keeps stealing their chickens and they decide it mus
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Robert
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
After a certain age (perhaps 30? perhaps as early as 20?), one probably shouldn't read too much of DH Lawrence's writing, or too little of it. Now and again I return to his fiction, poetry, and essays either to reread something or take on a new work. He's a unique, over-the-top, incantatory, powerful writer whose contribution to human psychology remains unverified by almost anyone else. When I say this I'm not referring to his exploitation of oedipal themes, per Freud (Sons and Lovers), but of c ...more
Diane S ☔
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 It has been a very long time since I have read anything by this author. The Fox, is a novella that I happened to own.

It chronicles the lifestyle of two, rather different women, at the turn of 1900's. March and Bagwell, want to live alone on a farm that primarily raises chickens. Not only is this frowned on during that time period, but these women know next to nothing about farming or chickens. Another challenge they must deal with is the war, which has made feed and other necessities diffic
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George
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Τον διαβόητο Εραστή του Λώρενς στα κλεφτά τον διάβασα, σε μια έκδοση που είχα αγοράσει έφηβος από πάγκο στον δρόμο –αφού είχα δει την ταινία(;) – και νομίζω ότι είχε ένθετες φωτογραφίες με κάποιες σκηνές της ταινίας (μπορώ πάντως να τις ανασύρω από το ταμιείον). Αλλά για ευνόητους λόγους δεν έδωσα έμφαση στη λογοτεχνικότητά του. Αργότερα οι Γιοι κι εραστές με είχαν εντυπωσιάσει, αλλά δεν θα το ξανάπιανα. Και καθώς χρόνια περιμένουν για ανάγνωση τα Complete Poems του, τα ξεφύλλισα τελευταία και β ...more
Werebot
Nov 17, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: latent lesbians who enjoy being beaten over the head with a metaphor.
D.H. Lawrence's prose is often described as 'muscular', which I think is another way of saying 'mostly bullshit'. Very forgettable. Don't bother.
Mahdi Bigdeli
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, re-reading
زن با تمام وجود می کوشد ، می کوشد تا مرد را خوشبخت کند ، تا حد توانایی اش برای آسودگی دنیا و آدم هایش تلاش می کند و همیشه سهمش جز شکست و ناکامی نیست
Χριστίνα
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ενδιαφέρουσα ιστορία από τον D. H. Lawrence, την οποία διάβασα μονορούφι και διασκέδασα πολύ!
Kelly
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this story. It seems people either love or hate D.H. Lawrence, well I am slightly obsessed with him, and this story is a good example of why. His descriptions, symbolism and metaphors are just insanely beautiful, in my opinion. I am so drawn into his work and his writing style. I love the strange way he repeats things, the way he leaves you hanging, leaving it out there, so that you can wrap your mind around it and mold it yourself. Sometimes I will read just a simple sentence or two from ...more
Zozetta
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
3,5*
Bernabé Borrero
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic-books
This book is perfect.
Leni Iversen
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001books
I'm not sure what to say about this story. It's on the Boxall 1001 list, but I don't understand why. It hasn't aged well, and surely it must have been seen as preposterous even when it was first published. I try to avoid talking about plot in my reviews, but here I cannot avoid it. You've been warned, spoilers ahead. I will, however, not reveal the ending.

Two women who are clearly a couple decide to run a farm together. One woman is sickly and frail, but gets bankrolled by daddy so she can buy
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Shima Sherafati
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
يك كليله و دمنه ى مدرنِ انگليسى
Stephanie
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only DH Lawrence I ever read before tackling this book was "The Rocking-horse Winner", an odd little story about love that borders on the Oedipal and luck that borders on insanity. While I could write a paper about it, I'm still not sure I get it. When I tell people that they just say, "That's Lawrence for you."

When I started The Fox I had "The Rocking-horse Winner" in mind, however, I wasn't really ready for the whole story and plot synopses gave no indication as to what I was getting into.
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Rayroy
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Along the tree line the fog settles in the field, hairs awake start hoping around on alert from cunning foxes, birds each chirp their own tunes. In the farm house up the slop the farmer and his wife too awake, make coffee to get ready for the chicken and cows, get food prepared for lunch and supper, lights illuminate their process through the house as they make their way out the front door to begin the day. At the porch the farmer and his wife button up their wool, lace up work boots. Max the ta ...more
Mahmood666
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
//روباه
دی اچ لارنس
کاوه میر عباسی
نشر باغ نو(۱۳۸۲)
۱۰۴صفحه
دو زن در روستایی دور از شهر در کلبه ای با هم زندگی میکنند.یکی جدی ،خشن و مردانه است و دیگری ارام و لطیف.ان دو زندگی ارامی دارند و بنا به اشاراتی میفهمیم که با هم روابط عاشقانه و همجنسگرایانه دارند .دو اتفاق زندگی را برای هر دوشان تغییر میدهد.اول ورود روباهی کوچک ،باهوش و سارق به مزرعه و دیگری ورود مردی خشن ،جنایت کار و هرزه به زندگی مشترک ان دو .و اینچنین ۴ راس هرمی فراهم میشود که لارنس به بهانه حضور نمادین روباه در مزرعه و در راس هرم مسایل
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Simin Yadegar
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Two girsl live together in a farm . A young man comes there and after awhile falls in love with the younger , but the elder girl is not agreed....
Drew
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This short story is a great read for someone who is just getting into Lawrence. One can get a great feel for his style without having to read one of his 500 page novels. However, it is important to note that while his style stays consistent in many ways throughout his works, still they are all VERY different and if you do not like or "get" this work, but maybe find it intriguing or interesting in some way, I would highly recommend reading Women In Love, which I think is probably his greatest wor ...more
Celeste - Una stanza tutta per me
"Vide la volpe che guardava su verso di lei col muso chino e gli occhi rivolti all'alto, quasi a cercare i suoi. March ne fu atterrita e come ammaliata: e capì che l'altra la conosceva. La volpe fissava lei negli occhi ed ella ne ebbe l'anima come smarrita, ma l'altra la conosceva e non aveva paura."

Bello bello bello.

1918, nella campagna inglese March e Bandford - due donne sulla trentina - possiedono e gestiscono una piccola fattoria in campagna, oltre ad una duratura amicizia. Il loro quiet
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Cass
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I read a book and give it 3 or 4 stars and then a week or a month later I go back and upgrade it. The book perhaps played on my mind, I mulled and pondered its secrets, and I love books that make me do that.

This book is kind of the opposite. I gave it 4-stars and now I kind of want to drop it down. I don't know, maybe a solid 3.75 stars.

I have never read any D.H. Lawrence and I have always intended to, for some reason I thought he was an Australian author.

I like that this book is meant
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Emily
Feb 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Banford and March are two women living together on a small farm, trying to make a life from it. Their peaceful existence is interrupted when a young man comes to stay with them and decides to marry March.
I'm not sure I really understood this book. I did read it rather quickly, but it was not really a book I cared to dwell over. Both young ladies seemed rather silly and naive to me. The young man seemed both cruel and kind. I suppose he is a metaphor for a fox, itself, but I don't really understa
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Govnyo
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Menage on a farm. Not too exciting.

Two women live on a farm, a man shows up, he bullies them savagely causing misery to all.

If we define feminism as the idea that women are equal today then this is its complete opposite. They have no way of asserting themselves against Man and their lives are defined entirely by males. All attempts at work are hastily dropped as soon as there is a penis in their general vicinity. Friendship means nothing to women if there is a boy around etc.

To be fair to ole
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Mary
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful novella which I've read in one sitting.

Two spinsters living on a farm, Jill is plain and sickly where as Nellie is pretty and strong.
All changes when a soldier returns from the war.
Passions run high with tragic consequences!
Laura
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This story is not so impressive as any other book written by D.H. Lawrence.
Seamusin
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Didn't get anything from it. There were characters sort of, definitely some metaphor, but meh?
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David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues rel ...more