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Fox 8

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  10,750 ratings  ·  1,712 reviews
A darkly comic short story, a fable about the all too real impact that we humans have on the environment

Fox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regarded with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes. That is, until Fox 8 develops a unique skill: He teaches himself to speak "Yuman" by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listeni
ebook, 21 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Random House (first published 2013)
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Kimberly Cramer Yes, an animal does die and yes, it is cruel. It might be too sad for you to read, so you could skip pages 31 and 32 and go on with the rest of the st…moreYes, an animal does die and yes, it is cruel. It might be too sad for you to read, so you could skip pages 31 and 32 and go on with the rest of the story without missing anything but the violent bit. (less)

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Maggie Stiefvater
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended, adult
This little thing is but a mouthful of fiction, but what a lot of flavors in that mouthful — funny, sweet, sad, and hopeful. I'm asking the same questions you are, Fox 8 ... ...more
Justin Tate
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG! It's rare for me to literally laugh out loud, but this short story had me cracking up every page--actually more like every paragraph. George Saunders' wicked way with words is never more exemplified than here, in the point of view of a fox. His glorious misspellings and hilarious societal observations are just perfect throughout. Despite being a 30-45 minute read, this one will endure with me forever.

Side note: I'm an audio lover, but you have to read this one to get the jokes. After readin
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a fox with such daydreaming power that he falls in love with human storytelling and learns to speak and write "human" by listening to stories read at bedtime, hiding behind a window.

Imagine him setting out on an adventure that goes entirely wrong because he has based his idea of humanity on that wonderful skill of ours to tell stories, and not on real experience of our random cruelty.

What would make the heartbroken fox heal? Understanding, answers. So he sets out to write a letter, and
Fox 8 has learned to speak "Yuman" by sitting outside a house at night while a lady reads to her pups.


Though sometimes he takes umbrage at what she reads, particularly that one story about a sly fox that tricked a chicken . . .

We do not trik Chikens! We are very open and honest with Chikens! With Chikens, we have a Super Fare Deel, which is they make the egs, we take the egs, they make more egs.
Not Sly at all.
Very strate forword.

But now, the foxes are starving, and Fox 8 must attempt a da
Sadie Hartmann
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Yumans wud walk by and go: Hey, look, Foxes. And drop a bit of fud at us. Soon we had karmel korn, sevral parshul biskits, plus a pare so fresh it did not even stink.
I woslike: This must be Fud Cort
Fox 7 woslike: I gess."

It seems as though George Saunders knows exactly what Sadie Hartmann loves to DEATH. I love anthropomorphic stories like WATERSHIP DOWN with the rabbit colony or Disney's Robin Hood with the cute foxes. There's something so endearing about giving animals a human vo
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fox 8 started out with me chuckling aloud, and ended with me near tears. That’s a lot of emotion for a book just short of 50 pages. It’s unusual, original and very relevant. I’m not sure how to describe any better than the synopsis above does, but I will say it’s well worth reading and I don’t think I’ll be forgetting it anytime soon.

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Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: misc-fiction
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Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to love this short story from the bottom of my heart but it couldn't really convince me wholly. Even though I truly loved the book design with its illustration, I disliked the writing style of this story (I read the German translation and I can't explain it but I had a hard time to read/decipher the words in general, maybe it was hard for me because German wasn't my mothertongue).

The story itself was cute, sad and touching. It didn't really feel entirely unique but it was okay a
David J
George Saunders is known for such literary achievements as Tenth of December and Man Booker-winner Lincoln in the Bardo, but I went with his newest story as my first foray into his work. And while I did enjoy the character of Fox 8 and his quirky dialect, I was ultimately left asking myself: But what’s so new about this?

Fox 8 is a curious daydreamer and learns to speak Yuman while listening to children’s bedtime stories outside of a bedroom window. But with this new insight, Fox 8 soon learns th
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
If my review doesn't make sense, it's because I'm writing this through watery eyes. WOW this book packs a PUNCH! It's absolutely brilliant in every aspect. Adorable illustrations, the view of a fox, the writing itself.. I really could go on and on.

This is a tale of innocence. A fox trying to be better to find a way to supply food to his family. One single act changes him forever. The lesson here is deep and certainly socially relevant.

Things I absolutely loved was the way it was written - the c
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Short, sweet and kind of familiar, but overall satisfyingly fitting in the Christmas spirit
We follow Fox 8 🦊, who picked up “Yuman” language and is quite a dreamer and an optimist. His world is shaken up by the building of a “Mawl” and an act of sudden cruelty. Fortunately he finds friends in the end so that he can plea for kindness at the conclusion of this fable.

The book is rather sweet in my opinion, but beautifully illustrated. In terms of story, I haven’t yet read Watership Down, but Fox 8
Judith E
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of life lessons packed in this little ditty about a fox that learns to read and speak in ‘Yuman’. As his journey takes him from his cozy fox community, to the shopping mall, and then to a new den and life, he questions why Yumans can’t be nicer.

Creative, succinct, and a bit whimsical, George Saunders’ message is loud and clear. Thanks for reminding us!
Garrett Zecker
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The first work by Saunders I have ever read was his bestselling Tenth of December this past year, and I was blown away by his literary prowess, mesmerized with the word dance and structure of reality he portrays in his work. Fox 8 was a little Kindle Single impulse buy, and for 99c I could enter into a Saunderian world once more. I bit like a sly… er… you get the point.

The thing about this text is that there really was nothing special about it on the surface. It is small, simple, and in terms of
Himanshu Karmacharya
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
"If you want your Storys to end happy, try being niser."

Fox 8 is a cute, short story told from the perspective of a fox. The book will make you laugh, make you go awwww, make you sad, and make you wonder what has happened to humanity. For a short book, there are a lot of emotions contained in its pages.
Ron Charles
Small but powerful. Everything about George Saunders’s new book, “Fox 8,” is unusual. It was published Tuesday in a tiny hardback edition with illustrations by Chelsea Cardinal, but it’s been available as an ebook for years, and the story first appeared in McSweeney’s back in 2010, long before Saunders won the Booker Prize for “Lincoln in the Bardo.” It’s about a fox who learns to speak “Yuman” by listening to children’s bedtime stories. (“First may I say, sorry for any werds I spel rong.”) When ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella
I found myself more engaged with this long short story than I thought I would be. Saunders narrates as FOX 8, the name given to a real fox by his den. It's in the form of a letter or story to "Yumans." Part of the charm is the phonetic spelling throughout, because of course a fox cannot spell but has learned "werds" from listening to Yumans tell stories. Normally I hate this gimmick, but in Saunders' hands, it shines.

What is at times sweet, funny, recognizable, is at other times dark and tragic,
Peter Tillman
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Well, it's not bad, but the fake fox dialect gets old fast, as does the heavy-handed message. The best part was the illustrations, by Chelsea Cardinal. And it's an attractive small book. I read an almost-new library copy in about 15 minutes. With some skimming. 1.5 stars, rounded up for the cool art.

OK, story really is pretty bad. Saunders has fallen into the old trap of playing in someone else's genre, and he's just not very good at it. The story that instantly came to mind, was "The Coon Roll
Betsy Robinson
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This illustrated short story broke my heart. It is a plea for compassion and goodness. Thanks to my Goodreads friends for reviewing this beautiful little book and letting me know about it. Without you, my reading life would be so bland.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
2.5 stars because I'm not sure I liked it even though I can appreciate the creativity involved.

Let mee start bi saying that wile reeding this it ocurd to mee that when yoo become famus yoo can doo no rong. Yoo can rite short storees and use fonetic speling becuz after al, yoo are famus and sum won wil always bi yoor book/storee and clame it is geneous, becuz anee thing rittin bi Jorj Sawnders is bi deefawlt brileant.

Fox 8 by George Saunders is a short storee abowt a fox called Fox 8 hoo lurns to
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2019
Fox 8 is truly, a story of our time, and Saunders is at his absolute finest here. Fox 8 is a fable of the cruelty of humankind. In it, we are exceptional, creative, and powerful. But we are also, egotistic, selfish, unthinking, and cruel. It is a timely reminder that we are not all that inhabit this earth, and that we must engage more carefully with the world around us. Saunders writes with both humour and tenderness, constructing a story that is as confronting as it is entertaining. I loved it.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
So much said in such a short piece. It's a tale about cruelty of humankind told by an innocent fox who learns to read and speak 'Yuman'. It was creative and thought provoking. The author's message was loud and clear in this one,definitely a heart breaking realistic story. I urge everyone to read this novella. ...more
Jon Nakapalau
Dis story is abot Fox 8 who lerns to spek yuman - but yumans are very confusing, nice then very bad to foxes, why? A great fable about a fox that learns about human nature - and can now teach us about the nature of human kindness and cruelty - highly recommended.
Elliot de Vries
Jun 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I well and truly hated this story. Even more so because of the brief glimmer of potential insight which it ignores.

To start with the uncomplicatedly awful, there is Saunders’ fox dialect. Fox 8 writes curiously like the way the teenagers in Victory Lap speak, with the addition of nonstandard spelling. Literary tics proliferate, including a particularly ugly affectation involving colons (“You are neerly all eyes, due to: super hungry.”) Saunders loves the word “très” (Fox 8 is variously “Tray emb
Melania 🍒
2.75|5 🦊 2021 TBR

Fox 8 is about a fox that learnt English and their family of foxes. Fox 8 is also a story about environment. Specifically, how humans change forever and with grave consequences, the nature around us.
A very good message (and book) for younger kids.

Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awwww, novella, foxes
This was a delightful and bittersweet story of a very clever fox who has managed, somewhat, to get his paws around the English language enough to write the story of his life. Once you adjust to the prose style (the fox, being a fox, spells phonetically for the most part) this really is wonderful. Fox 8 is the most precocious and adventurous fox in his tribe (hence the English learning) and when human's destroy their home and cut off the food supply he goes on a journey to save his family.

At onl
Deer Reeder:
First may I say, sorry for any werds I spel rong. Because I am a fox! So don’t rite or spel perfect. But here is how I lerned to rite and spel as gud as I do!

And I woslike: Fox 8, this Yuman reeder is complete lee luvving this buk!

2019 Read Harder Challenge
Task #12: A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character
Anshu Sharma
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a short novella but packing a bit of a punch. A fox, Fox 8, learns Yumans by listening to yumans reading buks to their pups. But his view of yumans comes to take a hit once danjer approaches. I like Fox 8. How he still has hope for/from the humans. Even though that optimism is misplaces, I hope he becomes a great dad. Not the type who frowns and sits in the den all the time.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this on the 'lucky day' shelf at the library. It's short so I thought why not? I'm not familiar with George Saunders, but recognize a few of the titles of his other books.

This is written from Fox 8's pov. It's an animal so how can it have a pov you might ask. Saunders was very clever at giving Fox 8 a voice. It was effective and a little obnoxious, but it's a short story so I continue on. Fox 8 learns the Yuman language by peering into windows at night and listening then translating to a
short novel about fox 8 view of his life and interactions with humans. took awhile to get used to the different language used by the major character but was an okay read though
Laura Noggle
⁉️🦊8 ... 🧐😱☠️ ... 💔‼️

48 page fable.

It took me a minute to adjust to a talking fox, I admit. Still, there's a heartfelt sentiment/moral to the story.

The spelling is a bit of a hurdle, but it's atmospheric in its own way:

“I know life can be gud. Most lee it is gud. I have drank cleen cold water on a hot day, herd the soft bark of the one I luv, watched sno fall slow, making the wuds kwiet.”
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George Saunders was born December 2, 1958 and raised on the south side of Chicago. In 1981 he received a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He worked at Radian International, an environmental engineering firm in Rochester, NY as a technical writer and geophysical engineer from 1989 to 1996. He has also worked in Sumatra on an oil exploration geophysi ...more

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