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The Blue Fox
The Blue Fox: A Novel | Sjn
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Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter, an elusive, enigmatic fox leads a hunter on a transformative quest. At the edge of the hunter's territory, a naturalist struggles to build a life for his charge, a young woman with Down syndrome whom he had rescued from a shipwreck years before. By the end of Sjn's slender, spellbinding fable of a novel, none of their lives will be the same. Winner of the 2005 Nordic Council Literature Prizethe Nordic world's highest literary honorThe Blue Fox is part mystery, part fairy tale, and the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, world-class literary talent.
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DePaepe
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Earth fails,
All grows old and worn.
Flash is dust- however it's adorned.

This was a pleasant read for the commute today.

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MariaW
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Not only listening to Icelandic music but reading Icelandic literature as well. This is one of most beautiful tales I‘ve ever read. Sjón uses the image of the blue fox to redeem the one protagonist who shouldn‘t be redeemed. The language is so beautiful, I can‘t cope. After this one I even fell more in love with Iceland.
#iceland #icelandiclit #icelandicliterature #sjon #sjón #schattenfuchs #thebluefox

Aimeesue I read that one, but in English. It was very good. Probably loses something in. Translation, though 2y
MariaW @Aimeesue I guess so, but it still was beautiful. I‘m not sure if I will be able to learn some Icelandic some time soon. 😊 2y
Aimeesue It was indeed a beautiful book! 2y
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MariaW
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The last light of the day was DAWNING OFF at the horizon. (...) Nothern Light‘s daughters set themselves for their wild dance of the veils.

Gosh, I really love Icelandic literature. ?❤️?#untranslatable

#iceland #icelandiclit #icelandicliterature #sjon #sjón #schattenfuchs #thebluefox

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Jokila
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minkyb Beautiful photo. 2y
Jokila Thank you @minkyb 😘 2y
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Kathrin
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Basic premises of the book: Karma is a b!tch.

Set in Iceland in the late 19th century it covers some very diverse topics, but brings it together nicely in the end. There are little Magical Realism parts, but otherwise it‘s a short historical fiction novel. I thought the writing was beautiful.

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azulaco
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Quick read, and well-written, even in translation. It takes a turn for the weird about three-quarters of the way through. I liked the way the author tied up all the parallel storylines at the end.

Cinfhen Cool looking cover 2y
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readinginthedark
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I had plans to read a bunch of graphic novels today for the marathon, but a ton of my reserves came in at the library, and I‘m feeling really motivated on my challenges. Plus, look at how beautiful this is! 😍 #Iceland #readaroundtheworld

JenP Ooh, that is pretty 2y
zezeki This one has been on my TBR for quite some time, I hope to get my hands on it soon 😁 2y
readinginthedark @JenP I know! ❤️ (edited) 2y
readinginthedark @zeljka It‘s really good so far! And just over 100 not-quite-full pages, so it‘s quick reading. 2y
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Currey
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I very much enjoyed this twisted fable. It opens with a Jack London meets Aesop tale of a hunter out to get the Blue Fox of the title and then goes backwards in time to tell a story about how a Down‘s syndrome child is both rescued by and rescues a Icelandic gentleman. Fate ties the two tales in the last section of the book. The play with Icelandic song, language and weather made for an interesting combo. #readaroundtheworld #iceland

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knp4597
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Not my cup of tea; way over my head 🙇‍♀️

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2BR02B
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All told, I bought 34 books at yesterday's #booksale. Some observations from my first #HalfPriceBooks clearance event:
1. This is no place to go looking for specific titles. Fiction was sorted into hardcovers/trade paperbacks with all genres interspersed. Nonfiction was a bit better sorted, with sections like religion, science, etc.
2. The selection offered is a bit like a local thrift shop: lots of classic lit and modern classics... (cont below)

2BR02B like Kite Runner, as well as formerly trendy reads (Fifty Shades of Gray) and "fast fiction" (Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy) 2y
2BR02B 3. Resellers and collectors get there when the doors open and pick things over quite thoroughly. If you can't arrive early, the overstock boxes under the tables often contain better finds than the tables themselves. 2y
2BR02B 4. And finally, hand sanitizer is your friend. Use it well. 2y
thenamesbondvagabond Great haul! 😊 2y
LeahBergen I'm an "under table crawler" at book sales. ? Great haul! 2y
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Liberty
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Dewey's Readathon countdown, Day 21: The prompt is "blue." There are a LOT of books with blue covers, so I went in a different direction. #readathon #30DaysofReadathon ???

tapgurl 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙 2y
GatheringBooks that‘s a lot of blue love! been meaning to read my sjon novels for awhile now. this post reminds me that i need to get cracking on those soonest. 2y
zezeki I really want to get my hands on The Blue Fox 😁😁 2y
AugustRush A very different twist of blue. 2y
tricours I read The Blue Fox when it came out and remember first finding it weird and then loving it. I need to reread it! 2y
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DimeryRene
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Red, White, and Blue pic for the holiday. Finishing 451 today! Jumping into Blue Fox next. Really need to move Survivor up, since I borrowed it close to a year ago. 💙❤️🎇🎆

vivastory Survivor is one of my favorite Palahniuk books 3y
DimeryRene @vivastory Invisible Monsters was my favorite! 3y
[DELETED] 1574320633 @DimeryRene I can't believe it 3y
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DimeryRene @cjl214 Believe it, sister. 3y
BookswithB Survivor is great! Listened to the audiobook last summer. 👍🏾 3y
DimeryRene @BookswithB I keep hearing this is many people's favorite of his. 💜 I guess it's about time I get into it. 3y
BookswithB Let me know what you think! I also enjoyed Fight Club! Have you read that one? 3y
DimeryRene @BookswithB I LOVED Fight Club. 👊🏼 2y
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khooliha
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this slim novel but I don't think I could ever actually recommend it to anyone? #reviewsareamystery

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suzanne.literarylife
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An Icelandic fable meets mystery meets fairy tale. Here we go....

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AVChrista
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Just a little bedtime reading :)

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JGadz11
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Catching up on my reading this weekend! #staycation

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rayna
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Mehso-so

Though I liked the writing style in this novella set in Iceland, the complete lack of character development made it fall flat.

#sjon #thebluefox #coverart #novella