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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,364 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Oyeyemi Narrator: Carol Boyd Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Fairy-tale romances end with a wedding, and the fairy tales don't get complicated. In this book, celebrated writer Mr. Fox can't stop himself from killing off the heroines of his novels, and neither can his wife, Daphne. It's not until Mary, his muse, comes to life and transforms him from author into subject that his story begins to unfold differently.

Mary challenges Mr. Fox to join her in stories of their own devising; and so through different times and places, the two of them seek each other, find each other, thwart each other, and try to stay together, even when the roles they inhabit seem to forbid it. Their adventures twist the fairy tale into nine variations, exploding and teasing conventions of genre and romance, and each iteration explores the fears that come with accepting a lifelong bond.

Meanwhile, Daphne becomes convinced that her husband is having an affair, and finds her way into Mary and Mr. Fox's game. And so Mr. Fox is offered a choice: Will it be a life with the girl of his dreams, or a life with an all-too-real woman who delights him more than he cares to admit?

The extraordinarily gifted Helen Oyeyemi has written a love story like no other. Mr. Fox is a magical book, endlessly inventive, as witty and charming as it is profound in its truths about how we learn to be with one another.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charlene | 2/15/2014

    " With a book like this, it is difficult to say whether I liked it or not. Stories that are allegorical, with meanings and subtext hidden under layers of words are admirable I feel, because I do appreciate that there is a deeper meaning, but unfortunately I don't always quite know what that meaning is. This book does push you to think about the original fairy tale "Mr. Fox", and the interplay between male and female relationships, especially how it is told in stories. The book is a series of vignettes, with the main plot interrupted by a variety of tales that are told alternately from a male and a female point of view. Each vignette seems to elucidate some aspect of Mr. Fox's (the author) strange relationship with his muse, Mary Foxe. And only later in the novel is the wife, Daphne, given a true voice, which felt a little odd, as I wished I had known her better from the beginning. But then again, I can see how it mirrors the original tale, because only after Daphne knows Mr. Fox's secret can she interact in the story. As a story, I think this book will appeal to a specific kind of reader, who likes a challenge and who is not as interested in plot and characters but ideas. And good writing, as the author definitely writes lyrical and powerful prose - her writing is something to be savored. As a reworking and commentary on the fairy tale "Mr. Fox," the author seems to have looked at many different angles on the tale, but ultimately I'm not sure what the message is, or what the attitude towards the original tale might be. It's a very readable book however, if you enjoy the different scenarios the author drops you into and the thought-provoking nature of the stories. Personally these kinds of books don't appeal to me in general, but once in a while it is nice to try something different! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by JackieB | 2/13/2014

    " I thought this was a tiresome, pretentious book although to give Helen Oyeyemi her due, I did read it through to the end. Every time I got to the point of abandoning it, She gave me some hope that it might prove worth reading in the end so I carried on. Basically, it is about an author's inspiration and maybe that's why I didn't take to it, as I have no aspirations to be an author. The plot consisted of story fragments jumbled up, some contradictory. As far as I was concerned, the sum total of all of the fragments added up to very little. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bridgitte | 2/12/2014

    " Trippy. I want to give it a 4.5, and I may give it a 5 with a re-read. I dig the concept... the parts of the conept I get. There is something elusive about it, too. Hm. A thinker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angie | 2/10/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading the "fairy tales" included in the novel (the literary works of Mary and St. John Fox). However, the overarching premise of the novel fell short for me. It was confusing whether a chapter was actually taking place or was a story, and if it was a story, whose story was it? It was an interesting and unique way to structure a book, and I give the author credit for her originality. It just didn't always work for me. "

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About the Author
Author Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria and raised in London. She is the author of The Icarus Girl, which was completed before her nineteenth birthday, The Opposite House, which was a nominee for the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and White Is for Witching, which won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award.