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Mr. Fox It S A Bright Afternoon In And Mary Foxe Is In A Confrontational Mood St John Fox, Celebrated Novelist, Hasn T Seen Her In Six Years He S Unprepared For Her Afternoon Visit, Not Least Because She Doesn T Exist He S Infatuated With Her But He Also Made Her Up You Re A Villain, She Tells Him A Serial Killer Can You Grasp That Will Mr Fox Meet His Muse S Challenge, To Stop Murdering His Heroines And Explore Something Of Love What Will His Wife Daphne Think Of This Sudden Change In Her Husband Can There Be A Happy Ending This Time


10 thoughts on “Mr. Fox

  1. says:

    Helen Oyeyemi can write voices Men s voices, women s voices, English voices, American voices, Nigerian voices, French voices, human voices, animal voices.I d trust her to write an authentic voice from any geographical location, any time frame, any political situation, any gender, any species.Because Helen Oyeyemi truly owns the world she lives in.She can write stories that become novels and novels made from stories.She can write in different styles, be it myth or modern She can play around with form so that the frame is the story and the story is the frame She can step through the fourth wall and reach out to pinch the reader awake Hey, she says, you weren t expecting that, were you And she takes us by the wrist and yanks us into the narrative We drag our heels a little at first and complain that we don t want it to be like that, we simply want to read by the rules Can t you keep the roles clear, we protest the reader s role, the writer s role, the narrator s role, the other characters roles, none of this mixing and mingling, thank you very much.Oh, come on, she says, raising her eyes to the skies Don t you remember anything you learned from Calvino s traveler So we stop struggling, and start smiling, and it s perfect.


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    4.5 5 He shrugged These are our circumstances I m just trying to make sense of them, he said.Mary was silent Everyone dies He smiled crookedly I doubt it s ever a pleasant experience So does it really matter how it happens Yes She put a hand on his arm, trying to pass her shock through his skin Yes This starts off cute, then begins to cut It s metafiction, but in the sense of reality feeding books feeding reality, the recursiveness of ideology as word turns work in the most common sensical and, indeed, the most insidious of ways Tropes in one, taken for granted on the other, and our balancing act in between.There s a story here, a fairy tale, one of those modern takes on the age old whimsy and atrocity of Grimm and Perrault and even further back Rather, the fairy tale is the most cohesive trend, as inspiration births inspiration and the effort to transcribe both plot and its endless commentary brings forth the pages For the author has a message for you, reader, but do not fret This candy house is not the one you should be fearing, as all its clever treacle and discomforting tart have nothing on the love and languor of Bluebeard and Co.Yes, and Co Bluebeard kills his wives because, because, because Because they discovered the bodies of his victims Because they disobeyed him Because he loved them too much Because, because, because You d be amazed at the reasons why men kill women, except, perhaps, you won t be To a horrendous degree, you won t be, for a crime of passion, for the girlfriend in the refrigerator, for the the death of a beautiful woman , you have been immured for as long as life.I didn t sign up for this, you say What happened to the fairy tale The meta The cute Oh, were the myriad twists and turns and delving into a deepening complexity of the story and its storyteller not enough Can your entertainment not be thematic Can there not be a deeper meaning to it all, an all to acute commentary on an all too terrifying truth, a message of importance broadcasted to each and every flipper of the pages One would have to wonder, then, whether the matter of a classic is in fact a huge misnomer, and the elitists are truly out to get you.Oh, they are Just not like that Come back when you ve stretched your senses a little in the theoretical manner, eyed what makes sense and excruciatingly probe that making of sense, and reason out the logic of honor killing, murder suicide, and femicide The first two may target males and the latter has the alternative form of androcide, but ask yourself what immediately comes to mind Then wonder why What you re doing is building a horrible kind of logic People read what you write and they say, Yes, he is talking about things that really happen, and they keep reading, and it makes sense to them You re explaining things that can t be defended, and the explanations themselves are mad, just bizarre but you offer them with such confidence It was because she kept the chain on the door it was because he needed to let off steam after a hard day s scraping and bowing at work it was because she was irritating and stupid it was because she lied to him, made a fool of him it was because she had to die, she just had to, it makes dramatic sense it was because nothing is poetic than the death of a beautiful woman it was because of this, it was because of that It s obscene to make such things reasonable


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    This is not a book for the light of mind, or faint of heart There is such a haunting, beautiful emptiness to it all, that I feel I should be giving it stars than I am Every body else seems to think it s a good read, and so I must be missing something, right But the majority of those who say what a good book it really is don t seem to know why.Let me suggest a Poem I heard of a man who says words so beautifully that if he only speaks their namewomen give themselves to him.If I am dumb beside your bodywhile silence blossoms like tumours on our lipsit is because I hear a man climb stairsand clear his throat outside our door. Leonard Cohen Oyeyemi writes so beautifully, I found myself giving over to her seduction without knowing why, other than her words compelled me forward along the path into the woods, like a Siren s call Once into the woods, she lost me completely, however, and like Little Red Riding Hood I made a valiant attempt to extricate myself from the misery by bolstering my courage and carrying on by the strength of bread crumbs and the light of the faint, faint moon Surely the path that led me into the woods would eventually lead me out Not so.Everyone in the woods was on a self medicated high, interested in navel gazing than looking above their heads to find a compass direction nor were they there to offer guidance to the others who stumbled around in the darkness.Ostensibly a re writing of the Bluebeard fairy tale, Mr Fox is a clever little conceit that doesn t quite work Bluebeard was cautionary and instructive, as most folk fairy tales are Mr Fox, persona, is a bore It feels like Oyeyemi is working too hard to give the old fairy tale a new writing without being able to bring to it the weight and substance of the original I didn t find any particular depth to the exploration of relationships it s all quite mundane Oyeyemi s allegory looks very much like real life to me, and hence the tale falls far short of addressing greater truths in love and marriage The purpose of a fairy tale is to provide the readers with a useful tool which can be used to navigate the pitfalls of life A meta tool, if you will something greater and powerful than oneself which gives us the power to fight the evil lurking without Thus, the rapist, the bully, the controlling partner, the manipulative companion, the murdering spouse are all dealt handily, and modes of directing the situation are offered Quite simply problem presented and solved A fairy tale is a guide book to the psyche Nothing in Mr Fox suggests to me that Oyeyemi has provided such a moral chaperone , if you will Rather, hers is merely a reflection of the problem Mirrors don t solve problems they only reproduce and copy what s already there and so what s the point Why would you want to make the monster scary , as children will say, by making copies of him in the funhouse mirror Wouldn t you want to neutralize the situation, at the very least Pun not intended Oyeyemi is a brilliant, brilliant writer because she is able to seduce you into the unintended I look forward to her other novels, but in this case, I m the lady on the sidelines of the parade whispering, the Empress has no clothes.


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    Mr Fox is about the most enchanting and captivating book I have read in quite some time Helen Oyeyemi is a highly inventive and multi faceted storyteller Her characters are both anchored in reality and in the worlds of fantasy and fairy tales They can be serious or funny and ironic, they can fall in love beyond bounds or hate with a passion, they can be docile and subdued or vicious and violent Underneath it all are serious issues being addressed despite the playful manner in which the novel is written The stories within this story jump with ease from one level of reality to another and back at the blink of an eye If there is anything like a plot, it is secondary to the characters and stories they live and or imagine for themselves and for each other What is it about Well, that is difficult to explain without revealing too much The enjoyment is in the exploring of it bit by bitJust a few hints Remember the story of Bluebeard The noble man who had a track record of killing his young wives because they were too curious Until, that is, when he came across one that was the right match for him she fought back There is also an ancient, similar story of a Mister Fox and foxes are important to Oyeyemi s story With Mr Fox she has created a modern version of the old fairy tale, adding modern life s complexities through any number of original twists and turns Her Mr St John Fox is a well known writer who creates stories where, unfortunately, the heroine well, you get the sense of it Until a female challenger turns up and everything is up for grabs To add another layer to the stories, there are three in this union And yes, there is a subtle delicate structure to the novel, a bit like a jigsaw where all the pieces will fit in the end in some way Mr Fox is a book that will not be great fun for readers who like a linear plot or story lines The stories within the story lead the reader to places around the world and beyond, personal challenges are issued all the time, and the voices change or do they It is quite a ride, funny, heart warming and full of surprises.


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    2 stars3 stars4 stars4.5 stars5 stars Well I liked the opening, but it took me a while to get over the slime of St John, the sleaziness he spread everywhere There was a voice, a piping, femme seeming voice struggling with self confidence that seemed to be Mary s, but nothing was clean, there was this fug of the male gaze The women were preoccupied with their looks, their attractiveness, craving male attention But this gender horror is real, rape culture is in us, there is no pure desire, pure self we can hear inside us like a bell, we can t wash off the slime, we have to heal, slowly, with help, with difficulty, incompletelyI found the writing beautiful Crisp and original, sensitive and honest, observant and courageous And it makes me work, I have to sift the brilliant insights from the deliberate dross of patriarchal cliche, the bad excuses for dead women, the bad sex scenes, the pat descriptions of feeling, the clunky symbols the gift of a caged nightingale left orphaned to highlight their silence or did I just fail to read the signified In short, feminist unsurprise is mixed with surprise Men in bookshops hold weighty, joyless tomes nod Mary realises she is unhappy, and that she can survive it ah It s quite difficult, it s bumpy, this reading, but life has this slubby texture too, and by not smoothing the way here Oyeyemi reminds us again and again that protest, rebellion, healing and remaking can t take place in a cleanroom purged of culture, enacted by pure uncorrupted subjects We the sullied, the colonised, must remake our world from what it is and what we can pull out of ourselves.The unreliability and complicity of writers and readers is played out in so many ways A women confesses My body, with its pain and mess and hunger if I could have bribed it to go away, I would have Here is that violent Cartesian dualism that feminism, like other philosophies and movements, has often refuted, yet I myself am constantly repeating its language, tearing self from self If there are so many contexts where we experience the body as a betrayer, how can biopolitical awareness and hopefully praxis respond Oyeyemi complicates, makes all selves, mixed desires, facets of an unstable whole that could perhaps be held together by love Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays speaks of experience or sense data as a shimmer of truths , perhaps the same shimmer observed by the witness in The Four Gated City Does Oyeyemi elaborately dethrone the witness Clearly, witnessing is important The gaze of St John dominates many of the early sections There is a link between the gaze and desire that becomes clear when St John shrinks from, becomes angry at, launches into a sexist diatribe against, the women who look back Until this point, female desire has been a desire for submission The women who look back are trouble they will not submit their desire is for control This is Oyeyemi s move She answers the male word, looks back at the white male gaze Mary covers St John s eyes , reshapes the material of fairytale Bluebeard, for one and conventional read patriarchal narrative over and over, until it serves It isn t glorious, but it serves The scars are in it, but there are no dead women conveniently patching the fabric There are no bad reasons not to love, no shoddy excuses for shoddy literature.What patches the fabric then Stories, like My Daughter the Racist, shining with the coherence of parable This one, which I adore, and will read again and again, reminded me of The Ones Who Walk Away from OmelasAlso, as in The Hearing Trumpet and other feminist writing, Oyeyemi works a kinship with animals, reinterpreting processes of learning language and bodily experience In a way, she hands over to men the work to be done Remake yourselves, for we have been busy already, we are tired It s your turn.


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    I am so pleased that I picked up this book, because it has reminded me that life is far too short to persist with books that you don t like This book is so capital m Meta that it s probably illegal to write a review of it Luckily, the novel was so busy interrogating tropes and questioning literary conventions and borrowing from genres that it didn t even notice when I shut it at about page 100 and shelved it.I want a story and characters, which probably makes me conservative than a Mad Men protagonist I do like witty, I like clever, I do I just want some way to engage on an emotional level Otherwise, I might as well go and reading Stephen Hawking or a cookbook.


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    Fantastical and full of mystery, Mr Fox offers a series of surreal, enigmatic variations on the titular fairytale, along with Bluebeard Each tale starts simply but takes many unexpected turns and becomes increasingly baroque, and all are framed by an overarching narrative, in which St John Fox, a famous novelist, is admonished by Mary Fox, a figure of his imagination, to not write sexist novels normalizing violence against women As the work unfolds characters start to hop across stories and the frame itself becomes mystifying Oyeyemi writes mesmerizing prose, and her chaotic plots are unforgettable, if sometimes inscrutable.


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    I enjoyed this because it is so imaginative and clever but I found it hard to finish and didn t feel like I got it This was one of those books that was so enad with its conceit that at times it loses the reader Still, this is an audacious, important book well worth reading.


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    Vulpes Latin for fox Old French goupil derives from the Latin, but the popularity of Le Roman De Renart and the bad augur of actually naming the verminous creature meant that renard became used, first as a euphemism, and then as the standard term for fox Reynard, associated with Reinhard, which comes from old German Regin counsel and hart strong, thus someone who is resourceful, quick witted, clever The English word fox is similar to the German Fuchs, which apparently corresponds to the Proto Indo European word puk, meaning tail The Irish word for fox is sionnach, and it is believed that the word shenanigans could come from Irish sionnachuighim I play the fox.The collective term is a skulk of foxes Rarely used I imagine, they don t go around in gangs.Wily old fox for centuries Reynard has been associated with cunning and trickery The mediaeval Bestiaries relate that the fox ensnares its unwary prey by pretending to be dead It rolls in red mud to simulate blood and waits, immobile, eyes closed, for the birds to come and peck at it.To outfox someone To get the better of them, to second guess what trick is planned and out trick the trickster Fairy tales are replete with these themes, of a predator dragging away the beautiful, innocent girl, only to find himself deceived by her fast thinking Fitcher s Bird for example, the version of Bluebeard that Margaret Atwood references in her short story Bluebeard s Egg, or The Robber Bridegroom which is very similar to the English Fairy Tale Mr Fox, a direct antecedent of Oyeyemi s work.So, another re imagining of myth and fairy tale, done already by so many, Angela Carter in The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories as well as the incomparable Ms Atwood it takes chutzpah to believe there is something fresh to say But Oyeyemi has both chutzpah and something fresh to say This is utterly delightful playfully sizzling along with bluffs and double bluffs, tricks and shenanigans The war between men and women re conceived as a game of our perceptions of the other and how we try to impose them on real sentient beings who might have a mind of their own, and a story of their own, and a tale they insist on telling It s a whole series of mind bending trickery, fantastic Mr Fox indeed And the magical thing about Oyeyemi s writing is how she draws you in to each new character in each new story, close enough to see the finest lines and feel the heart beat, and yet at the same time never lets you forget that this is just a game we re playing the Foxes three of them in this marriage, a little crowded, as a famous princess once said with each other, and with the reader Po mo that is FUN Not some miserable guy staring at his navel and despairing of being able to write anything valuable in an age when the value has leached out of symbols, demonstrating how meaningless language is by writing meaningless language No, no, no Fun, playful, sprightly, joyous My own little story of mistakenly thinking I was outwitting the trickster in our family Some years ago a group of four of us had planned a trip to Estonia, taking advantage of one of the cheap flights that had become available The first leg of our journey was by train to Cologne, and from there to the Cologne Bonn airport Near the time that our train was due, one drew up at the platform with its destination marked at the front and on the side of each coach Rheine.Now it must be pointed out that Cologne is to the south of where we live and Rheine is way way north That s not our train Is it My husband Yes it is The other three Yeah, yeah, sure Ha ha The other one has bells on it And other remarks of that ilk, you get the picture My husband It is our train but, and I do believe this is crucial, he did not move By this time the other three of us were in gales of laughter, oh, yeah, that s a good one, you don t fool us that easily, hahaha The train pulled away, and that is when we did have our doubts, because it was now past the time when our train was due And in fact, when we checked the yellowing departures poster, we found that my dear husband was quite right, and the train we had been aiming for was the Rhein M nsterland Express, which describes a bizarre route Haha.


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    I went into this with a slight disadvantage since I don t really know the fairytales folklore that this book plays with, so I feel like I missed out on a lot of the interesting things that Oyeyemi does here Also, this is Meta with a capital M which I can sometimes enjoy but I think a full novel and pushing and pulling and twisting literary devices got to be a bit wearing for me However, man can Oyeyemi write a story If I took this as a short story collection, then man, these are some freaking good stories I would find myself getting completely pulled in and falling into these weird and wacky worlds I just wished there was a clear thread to follow throughout them all, but that may just be my simpleton mind not being able to get it all.