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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  58 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
We know very little about the fox and its habits—and our ignorance, Martin Wallen argues, is rooted in the fox’s bad reputation. Lowly, sly, and classified as vermin, foxes raid henhouses and garbage bins, spread disease, and injure domestic pets. At the same time, foxes are often considered beautiful, mysterious, and even oddly human. This book is the first to fully explo ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published December 15th 2006 by Reaktion Books (first published 2006)
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سبب قراءتي للكتاب هو أنه هو الكتاب الإلكتروني الوحيد القصير الموجود على مكتبة جوالي: فأصبحت صفحاته رفيق دائم في أوقات الإنتظار المملة، صفحة في طابور تقديم أوراق الوظائف، وصفحة في الطائرة، وصفحة ثالثة أثناء اجتماع طويل وممل. لينتهي بي الحال إلى الغرق في الكتاب لنهايته برحلة طائرة استمر الطفل بجانبي فيها بالبكاء طوال ثلاثة ساعات.

الثعلب متصل بحياتنا أكثر مما كنت أظن - وفي الحقيقة لم أكن أفكر فيه أبداً من قبل، حسناً يوجد "حصني" أو ثعلب رمادي في المزرعة والكل يتشكى من سرقته للدجاجات، لكن لم أفكر به
Fox, while a good and interesting book, did not delve deeply enough into the actual natural history of the fox to please me. While the first section was very interesting - and the ultimate conclusion drawn from it telling - there wasn't enough attention paid to it throughout the rest of the book. Too much of the book was anthropocentric - what the fox means to us, and how we deal with that. There wasn't nearly enough as to why the fox means what it does to us, beyond a flirting interest in Aris ...more
Rachel Lowry
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I was hoping to learn more about the natural history of the fox, and come away with a deeper understanding of the biology of an animal whose distribution and ecological impact is widespread. Instead, this book predominately shared social perceptions of this enigmatic creature. Whilst I found the tales and historical accounts interesting, and the bizarre behavior of humans towards the Fox worth reflecting on, this book is likely to resonate with an audience that is motivated by gaining insight in ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Learned a lot about foxes, fox hunting, and fur farms in this book. Don't assume "faux fur" is a synthetic! (I always did.) Many times fox fur is being redyed, processed, and marketed as "faux fur". There's no standard in the fashion industry, so unless you know where that fur is sourced DON'T BUY IT. Pictures of foxes being electrocuted through their anus to their mouths may stun some people, but it's definitely worth reading if you're ignorant of the fur industry. (The fox facts and cultural h ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
A very good review of the fox's role in human culture but badly formatted on the kindle version.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: animals-nature
One of the titles in Reaktion Books's 'Animal' series. Each title takes a specific animal and examines its representation in natural history, literature, myth and culture. The emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach makes these fascinating, unique explorations of animals, both socially and culturally. All of the books on this list are beautifully illustrated and carefully researched. This one, as the title denotes, focuses on the figure of the fox from their appearance in Aristotle's studies o ...more
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
عرض كتاب
الثعلب التاريخ الطبيعي والثقافي

محمود ثروت أبو الفضل

• اسم الكتاب: الثعلب: التاريخ الطبيعي والثقافي.

• العنوان بالإنجليزية: Fox by Martin Wallen.

• المؤلف: مارتن والن.

• ترجمة: ريم الذوادي.

• مراجعة: أسامة المنزلجي.

• سنة النشر: 1431هـ /2010م.

• دار النشر: هيئة أبو ظبي للثقافة والتراث (مشروع كلمة).

ا• لطبعة: الأولى.

• صفحات الكتاب: 204.

في كتابه: "التاريخ الطبيعي، بعموميته وحيثيَّاته"- Natural History, General and Particular يَصِف الكونت "جورج لويس بوفون" الثعلبَ، فيقول:

"يشتهر الثعلب بذكائه، وهو ي
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is part of a large series of minimalist-titled books ("Bear", "Bee", "Lobster", etc.) by Reaktion Books about specific animals.

I was disappointed by it. There's some information about foxes and their natural history in the introductory chapter, and in a couple appendices. Most of the book, though, explores subjects like: foxes in legends and mythology; the symbolism of foxes; all the various things that have been named after foxes; foxes in art and cinema; the history of British fox hunting
Bryn (Plus Others)
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: animals
Perhaps I was spoilt by Helen Macdonald's amazing Falcon but this was just not as good as what I was hoping for. I wanted a mix of cultural history (which this does a good job with, especially the history of foxhunting) and solid natural science, but Wallen does cultural history all the way; I began this knowing very few facts about foxes and even when Wallen is supposedly talking about the actual animal, he is more interested in what the human names for the various fox species supposedly indica ...more
Abu Hasan
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(... نحن البشر، لطالما شعرنا بالتوتر حيال رؤيتنا لجزء كبير من أنفسنا في الثعالب، ولجزء كبير منها في أنفسنا، ولهذا، حاولنا ومازلنا نحاول تأكيد إنسانيتنا بإبادة وقمع ونسيان ثعلبيتنا)
يرصد هذا الكتاب، على مدى ستة فصول، العلاقة التاريخية المتشابكة بين الثعلب والإنسان
من التاريخ الطبيعي للثعلب وارتباطه بالتجمعات البشرية، إلى حضور الثعلب في وعي الإنسان وأساطيره وتراثه، إلى المجازات والإستعارات اللغوية التي فرضها الثعلب على العديد من اللغات، إلى طقوس صيد الثعالب والدور التي لعبته فراؤها في التجارة، وانته
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another of Reaktion's Animal series, so the usual applies. Brief, but well-written and nicely illustrated.
Sep 03, 2008 rated it liked it
not so much an exploration of the many miracles foxes can perform as of the myths that have been built around them throughout history. what larks!
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