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Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
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Jun 05, 2017

really liked it
bookshelves: books-in-english

Well, I'm not entirely sure how to review this book! Probably because it's impossible to say what exactly it's about - and yet, it was a very satisfying and fun read. Helen Oyeyemi creates stories within stories, playing with well-known fairy tales and tropes (Bluebeard is the main focus, but also another version of this story, Fitcher's Bird, and Reynardine). There is no linear narrative here, the story of Mr Fox, his wife Daphne, and Mary Foxe spans decades and emerges in a number of different contexts and configurations. I found this book to be a playful literary experiment, very well written, witty and ingenious. Oyeyemi's style is very engaging, and I found myself reading this novel slowly to enjoy the skillful writing even more. I thoroughly recommend "Mr. Fox" to readers who like an intelligent and unconventional entertainment in the form of a clever but also unpretentious book. It really is a little gem.
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Reading Progress

May 2, 2017 – Shelved
May 2, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
May 2, 2017 – Shelved as: books-in-english
May 26, 2017 – Started Reading
May 26, 2017 –
page 50
May 29, 2017 –
page 95
June 2, 2017 –
page 150
June 4, 2017 – Finished Reading

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