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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Helen Oyeyemi Narrator: Carol Boyd Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 2/4/2014

    " I am giving this four stars as I listened to the book and the narrator was terrific! I doubt i would have enjoyed reading this book. It was confusing until I thought of it as a collection of short stories with a common theme instead of a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahalya | 2/1/2014

    " Well, it started off like a romance, and I liked that, and then it became some other beast. A fox, maybe. There were so many disjointed stories, and I liked it, despite the strangeness of the narrative. I would recommend the book for the powerful descriptions, and the expert handling of several narrators. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janaina | 1/28/2014

    " Perplexing, odd, and imaginative. This book was a fantastical delight and took my imagination and emotions for such a splendid ride that I almost did not want to finish the book. I will return to this book again and again because a single read will not be enough to discover all of the nuances and significance that each story holds within its pages. This would make for such an I interesting discussion book. It's magical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 1/25/2014

    " This was not quite as good as I expected it to be. It was interesting at times, though. Mr. Fox is a writer and Mary Foxe is his muse. They decide to play a game where they write different stories so the whole book is kind of a series of short stories linked together by what's happening with Mr. Fox, his wife, and Mary. I kind of hate short stories because I get really into a story and then it ends and moves on to something else. I was really into the beginning of the book (before I kind of realized it was a bunch of linked stories) and I was really sad when the first story ended. I wanted to see how that all ended. Not the best book I've read this year, but not a complete waste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 1/17/2014

    " Really fun! I really enjoyed the embedded stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kathryn | 1/13/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, so fun. It is hard to explain the story and the style, but there is a main story, but then other little stories in between-that 'seem' to have nothing to do with the main one. it is a love story-read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 1/7/2014

    " One of the more unusual books I've read recently. Lots under the cover. Not for the casual reader, I don't think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dustin Thompson | 1/1/2014

    " Ridiculous. I stopped reading. It was too painful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina | 12/8/2013

    " An interesting take on the relationship between author and muse. I liked it - the short story format mingled with the larger plot to the point where you weren't sure if it was fiction, or the fiction's fiction that you were reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stella | 12/7/2013

    " Such a pretty kaleidoscope of a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenine | 12/2/2013

    " A prickly selection. The Bluebeard inspiration is an uncomfortable place to start. The book keeps coming around to violence which I resented but I can't deny it was of a piece. I had hoped that writing one's way out of situations would have happier endings. I am still chewing on this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brynn | 8/18/2013

    " Hmm. Struggling to review this. Some wonderful turns of phrase and some beautiful moments, but I think I'll just leave it with I read it, and while I get it, this book just wasn't my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 8/12/2013

    " It helps to know that the Bluebeard story is titled Mr. Fox in the UK. A brilliant book that is not done justice by its plot summary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leeeigh | 8/7/2013

    " Chose this book at random at a bookstore and was instantly delighted by it! I love when writers incorporate magic into their stories (and no it doesn't always have to be obvious!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 4/4/2013

    " Almost 100% fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Witham | 2/25/2013

    " One of the most unique books I've read recently. It's difficult to describe, but blends fairytale tropes, black humor, short stories, and satire. Funny and engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine DG | 10/14/2012

    " Definitely more of a book that you read for the beautiful language than the plot, because, well, there isn't really much plot or much sense in this book. However, it's beautifully written and is laden with creative imagery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellen | 9/22/2012

    " I started this but it was all a bit odd for me. I had a hard time following it and didn't care enough to try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 9/13/2012

    " Story upon story upon story. Well written & intriguing but I struggled to find meaning - though it did come together in the end. Reminds me of "If on a Winter's Night A Traveller" by Italo Calvino "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mariedrex | 12/1/2011

    " What the heck was happening for the first 280 pages? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Genevieve | 11/11/2011

    " This was a quirky novel; it was just really different...in a good way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arna | 11/2/2011

    " Spots of real talent here, but largely incoherent. Disturbingly overhyped. Though I do respect its ambition, just doesn't work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 10/26/2011

    " loved all the stories within a story and the dynamics between Mary Foxe & Mr. Fox. i shall be reading more of Helen Oyeyemi's work. i am sad that this is over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evie | 10/22/2011

    " My review will be up tonight! ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jes | 10/11/2011

    " Written beautifully, interesting, and by far the best adult fairy tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neli | 10/7/2011

    " Sadly, could not get into it. Try again another time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NuevoRain | 10/7/2011

    " I loved the crazy bizarreness of this book. I spent the first 50 pages utterly confused, but increasingly charmed by the words and thoughts. Thoroughly engaged by the last page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 10/2/2011

    " Helen Oyeyemi, where have your books been all my life? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vrgebbie | 10/1/2011

    " Mesmerising! a writer who plays with the reader, and seems to have fun doing so. Loved this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alise | 9/28/2011

    " Oh, Mr. Fox, you are everything I love in a book. Full of fairy tales, emotional truth, stories within stories within stories. I want to read it again and again. "

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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.