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Mr. Fox
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
Winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for FictionOne of Granta’s Best Young British NovelistsFrom the prizewinning young writer of What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, coming February 2016, a brilliant and inventive story of love, lies, and inspiration.Fairy-tale romances end with a wedding, and the fairy tales don't get complicated. In this book, the 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 in 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Billypar
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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#Top6Reads @Cinfhen
My favorites of the year so far- I got bored of the usual stacks so I made a monument of my fiction picks, next to a nonfiction audio tower. I think Mr. Fox is my favorite, followed by Invisible Cities and A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon.
Honorable mentions to Station Eleven and Stiff.

Leftcoastzen Garp!😂👏 2mo
Cinfhen I like your use of honorable mentions 😂😂😂🙌🏻❣️ 2mo
Cinfhen And nice book tower 🥰 2mo
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Cathythoughts Station Eleven ♥️♥️♥️♥️👏🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB 💜💜😂 2mo
Billypar @Cinfhen Yeah, the honorable mentions are kind of a compromise to avoid making hard choices 😀 2mo
keepingupwiththepenguins Both Stiff, and I Am I Am I Am, are high on my TBR - they sound fantastic! 😍 😍 1mo
Billypar @keepingupwiththepenguins They are indeed- hope you enjoy! 1mo
Suet624 No one has mentioned Constellation of Vital Phenomena yet! I simply cannot adequately express my deep and abiding love and appreciation for this book. i am careful who I give the book to because I want them to love it as much as I do. His other works are quite good as well. 1mo
Billypar @Suet624 So true- I loved everything about it, and I read going in with high expectations already. I think I want to try this collection next. 1mo
Suet624 That book is really good too. I would wait just a little bit before reading it though. It's very similar but different than Constellation. You may need a tiny break from the relentless heart-tugging. I can't wait to read whatever his next book is. 1mo
Billypar @Suet624 Ah, good to know. I only read a few story collections a year, so it will probably take some time to get to it. He does do heart-tugging well! 1mo
Suet624 The stories are interconnected so you still feel like you‘re reading a novel. 1mo
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Billypar
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Introducing my new favorite read of 2019: my first Oyeyemi was storytelling heaven. A perfect blend of novel and short story collection: the title character is a mystery author who is fond of devising death scenes for women in his novels. But his imaginary Muse Mary Foxe is sick of it and challenges him to swap better stories. The results are sometimes whimsical, other times frightening, but I was utterly immersed in each world within a world.

Cathythoughts Great post 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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AutumnRLS
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Book mail. Trying to diversify my reading life. #bookriot

Severnmeadows Kawasaki looks interesting (good cover). 3mo
Severnmeadows sorry, Kawakami 3mo
AutumnRLS @Severnmeadows it's a Japanese translation. A love story with maybe a touch magical realism? I can't even remember which of the book podcasts I heard it on, but it definitely was like - that sounds like it's for me! 3mo
Severnmeadows 😊Looking forward to it! 3mo
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gingerandjazz
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Suddenly realized I‘ve got two books out right now with the name Fox. 🦊

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KCorter
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Is it too early to rate this 5 stars? Reading this book feels like love at first sight.

readordierachel Love when that happens 💕 7mo
KCorter @readordierachel Me too. It's all I can do to not rush through the book so I can read it again! 7mo
LauraBeth I love this cover! 7mo
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aeeklund I loooooooooved this book!! 7mo
BethMcQ You can get drunk on her prose, I swear. 7mo
KCorter @BethMcQ That is the best way to describe experiencing the book. It gives new meaning to binging on an author. ;) Next up is 7mo
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BethMcQ
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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I‘m a sucker for books with characters I fall in love with, in one way or another. This book is not that. Oyeyemi‘s rich language and twisting narrative compelled me to read on, regardless. In fact, her prose has possibly ruined lesser writing for me for a while.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 6mo
BethMcQ @rather_be_reading thank you!! 🥰 6mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 6mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 6mo
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GatheringBooks
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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#QuotsyAug18 Day 20: A #Malignant door. Scary.

Aimeesue Oyeyemi! 🦊❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
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Squidapus
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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What a devilishly twisting narrative. The book unfolds itself slowly as you read seemingly disparate stories with a dawning realization of what is actually going on the further you go. To say what this book was about would spoil what it attempts to do, so just appreciate that the narrative is enthralling all on its own surface level. Probably Squidapus' favorite Oyeyemi novel as it deals with a subject that any artist or writer would resonate with

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JPeterson
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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#Booked2018 First Season
5/6 prompts complete; which isn‘t bad since my goal was only 3 prompts. 🎉🎊🎉

readinginthedark 👏🏻 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Awesomeness! 👏🏻🎉📚❤️ 1y
Cinfhen That‘s great!!! Good luck for the drawing💚 1y
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4thhouseontheleft Congrats on exceeding your goal!! 🎉🎉 1y
Aimeesue I loooooove Helen Oyeyemi. And Flavia De Luce. ❤️ 1y
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Zelma
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Part 1 of 2: omg, the annual library book sale was awesome! I got three big tote bags of books for $18. And soooooo many great titles. The Terror in hardcover. Box Office Poison, which I can‘t find anywhere. The new Prince Charle bio. Ahhhhhhhh! 😃😍

robinb 👏👏👏👏👏👏 on your haul!! Is that your kitty trying to reach to the top of the stack? 🤣🤣😍 (edited) 1y
Zelma @robinb thanks! And yes, that‘s Skippy. He was very interested in the stacks. After rearranging and taking a few photos, I had to shelve them, as he kept knocking them over. 😂 1y
HardcoverHearts I adore Library sales! It‘s guilt free book shopping because you are supporting your library at the same time. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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robinb @Zelma So sweet! ❤️ 1y
bookandcat Awesome stack! Loved the Niffenegger. 1y
LeahBergen Awesome!! I‘ve read/own six of these. And you got an Anita Brookner! 👍🏻 1y
Kalalalatja Amazing! 1y
emilyhaldi 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Reagan-reads This is an amazing haul!! 1y
Mdargusch Wow! I can‘t wait to go to my library sale next month! I hope I find as many good books as you did! 1y
Zelma @HardcoverHearts absolutely guilt-free. And cheap! @Mdargusch Can‘t wait to see what you find too. 👍 1y
Zelma @bookandcat @Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi @Reagan-reads thanks all! I am super excited about diving into all of these, but am having fun just organizing them right now. 😂 1y
Zelma @LeahBergen 👏 I love Anita Brookner. I was surprised I didn‘t find more of her books at the sale. 1y
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Bibliogeekery
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Helen Oyeyemi has reworked Bluebeard into this complex and lyrical story that has an imaginary woman muse challenging Mr. Fox (aka Bluebeard aka a writer) about why women characters are so often subject to violence and murdered. It's fanciful and brutal and so beautifully written that I cannot *believe* Oyeyemi published it when she was 26!

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Bibliogeekery
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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I love the weird, whimsical writing of Helen Oyeyemi! Enjoying this one so far!

Natasha.C.Barnes 😄😄😄😄 yay! 2y
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Bibliogeekery
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Starting this one!

Natasha.C.Barnes Oooh I got this recently, it's on the list for one of the next few months, maybe March. Can't wait to see what you think of it! 2y
JPeterson Enjoy! I just read this last week, and really loved it! 2y
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staci.reads
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this book more. There were moments when I thought I was going to, and then...nope. I loved Oyeyemi's Boy, Snow, Bird, and this had potential. I loved Mary's voice and appreciated the exploration of violence against women in the stories, but overall, it left me frustrated.

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JPeterson
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Extremely happy that this worked out well for the #UnconventionalRomance prompt for #Booked2018.

Mr. Fox is in love (lust?) with his muse, Mary Foxe, who ends up coming too life. Their relationship changes the haunted, dark fairytale stories Mr. Fox writes, and seems to question what love really is. Meanwhile, Daphne Fox, the real wife of Mr. Fox, is trying to explore her actual feelings for Mr. Fox.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds interesting! 2y
Cinfhen Oooh! I'm discovering so many good ideas😁great review 💜congrats on another prompt🎉 2y
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JPeterson
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Hi Litsy! Sorry it‘s been awhile. I‘ve been traveling for work, with no time for reading or checking Litsy. But I‘m finally done, and can relax a bit tonight before my 9+ hour flight home.

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Lylah
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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My top books of 2017!

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allison_tx
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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New (to me) books from Half Price Books!

Andrew65 Loved (edited) 2y
Texreader The Historian is one of my all time faves!! 2y
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enidkeaner
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Oyeyemi is one of those special authors whom I never love their work but always keep rushing to read as much as I can of their work because the imagination and talent they display is breathtaking and makes up for my not loving their books.

#192019 - #2011

Meglet That is such an intriguing paradox. 2y
enidkeaner It is! I think Helen Oyeyemi is amazingly talented and I‘ll read anything she writes 2y
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Lylah
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I finished my reading challenge today, with over a month to spare! 🎉🎉🎉

GypsyKat Congrats!👏👏👏 2y
Cinfhen 😀 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎉🎉 2y
EchoLogical 🎉📚🎉📚 2y
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mrozzz 🤓📚👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎉🎉 2y
Suelizbeth Yay! 🎊🎊🎉🎉📚📚❤️❤️ 2y
bookloo 🎉🎉🎉🎉 2y
LazyOwl Well done 🎉 2y
irre 🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes Whoohooo! Did you do it by reading the tagged book? It's on my TBR and I'd love to know how it is! 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes Oh lol just saw your other post! 2y
Andrew65 Well Done 🎉🎊🥂🍾 2y
julesG Congratulations! 2y
Jas16 🙌🏽 2y
Ms_T 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
JessClark78 Congratulations! 🎊🎉🎉📚 2y
Laura317 Hooray!!! Great job! 2y
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Lylah
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ One of the most original books I've ever read; a take on the Bluebeard folktale, but with a writer who kills off his female characters. I got sucked into each of the little stories within the book and fell in love with all of them. And it's so well-written! Definitely worth the read.

Natasha.C.Barnes So psyched, I'm totally going to read this book next year. 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes Have you read White is for Witching? I adored that one. (edited) 2y
Lylah @Natasha.C.Barnes no but I definitely plan on reading anything by Oyeyemi that I can get my hands on! 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Lylah I feel EXACTLY the same way. 😄 2y
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Lylah
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I did a triple take at this title—each of the inner stories in this book are so interesting!

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Lylah
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Making an effort to burn more of my fall candles before fall is officially over. 🍁🍂

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WOCreads
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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One of my bookbazaar finds📚🙌 Have you read it?

#wocreads #diversebooks

suvata Oyeyemi is definitely an acquired taste 2y
WomanistBibliophile I‘ve not read this one. The books of hers that I did read I really disliked. 1y
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AshleyKorinE
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This book was one of those pay close attention or you'll be really confused. There were a lot of stories wrapped up in one big story and I didn't like the format. Mr. Fox killed all his heroines except for Mary Foxe. She was a weird character to follow. The only person I liked in this story was his wife Daphne and she wasn't that interesting herself. It wasn't for me. I couldn't figure out the point and just finished it to say I did.

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razmanda
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi

WOW. I am almost done with this one in two sittings. Pretty sure I'll knock it out tomorrow, only 100 pages left. Thanks, @bookwrm526 for the recommendation and for lending!

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DHill
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Started the audio. I really like the narrator and the story is a lot of fun. Looking forward to see how it unfolds.

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LauraReadsTheBooks
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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I'm actually pretty impressed that I read even this much in one weekend. Will definitely participate in the next #24In48 and see if I can make it to 24hrs of reading. I really enjoyed watching everyone undergo the challenge on Litsy and cheer each other on.

Cinfhen Awesome 🎉💕📚😊🍾💖 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great reading! 🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻📚📚 3y
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Chelseylovestoread
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Such a strange book. Dark and twisty and funny and absolutely addicting.

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Sweettartlaura
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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I call this one... #ProperName from #TBR

#readjanuary

JoeStalksBeck Great books!!!! 3y
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Chelseylovestoread
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Though I've never put it into words, I have certainly had this thought before. 😂

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Ilana
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Am having a hard time putting this book down. #wonderwomanwednesday #diversereads #recommendsday

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CherylDeFranceschi
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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I don't think anyone writing today can do fairy tales better than Catherynne Valente. She's a genius! And there's a volume of A. S. Byatt, The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye (which of course I can't find right now), that is so beautiful it made me weep. Not cry, that's not poetic enough. 😜#fairytellretellings #photoadaynov16

BookishTrish One of my all time favs 3y
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pocketmermaid
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Diving into my first Helen Oyeyemi.

cleoh How was the audiobook? I read this for one of my classes this term and enjoyed it! 3y
pocketmermaid @cleoh It was wonderful! The narrator did an excellent job of doing different voices and accents. 3y
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Jessicav
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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This was amazing - weird and twisty and I'm not sure I ever really knew what was happening. The writing was superb, because you know Helen don't mess around with that shit. Highly recommended, especially for fans of magical realism.

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Jessicav
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I am *finally* reading this and I am SO HOOKED. Why did I wait this long? #noexcuse

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Help? Does this book ever start to make sense?

Onioons I remember enjoying some of the sections, but not really understanding how they fit together? 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Onioons That's what I'm afraid of. Thanks! Bailing! On to the next! 3y
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cleoh
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My homework is reading, so I'm reading by the beach 🌊📚😍

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im listening to the audio of this now. Pretty unusual! 3y
cleoh @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled.com it's definitely interesting 3y
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lisaschulte
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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#funfridayphoto Mr. Fox with Puck the dog lurking in the background

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MadCatRamble
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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I know this book is a bit divisive. For my part, I loved it. The story isn't constrained by linear narrative logic. Instead, you get a puzzle that takes its own form in its own time. I can see how it could be frustrating, but for me, it was a gorgeous experience of a book. I've loved the Bluebeard tale since I read Angela Carter's Bloody Chamber. Mr. Fox made an equally strong impression, and that, for me, is v. high (well-deserved) praise.

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teresareads
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Enjoyable and strange, just as I expect from Oyeyemi.

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Her heart was heavy because it was open.

BookishClaire Oooh I love this!!! 3y
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teresareads
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You're explaining things that can't be defended... It's obscene to make such things reasonable.

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teresareads
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Just getting started and don't know what the heck is going on. But that's Oyeyemi for you!

MrBook Welcome to @Litsy ! I think you'll like it here 😎👍🏻. 3y
BkClubCare Welcome! 3y
Lakesidemusing Nice to see you here!😊 3y
teresareads Very glad to be here, thanks to the Android beta test. 3y
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Biljana
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So, easy stroll around town and passing by a pound shop, I see books inside which I never thought were sold there. Naturally, I follow my eyes and heart and get myself five titles. When I went out, I immediately searched for another pound shop, found it and in it, four more books! I love bookish surprises! It made my day! ????Q9?

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kay89
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Morning cuppa with this strange meta fiction fairytale.

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Thekelburrows
Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Mug / book pairing of 2016

Books_Wine_Repeat Love it!! 3y
Zelma I love it! 👏 3y
Shortstack A foxing dorable! 3y
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shawnmooney Oh for fox sakes, I love it! 💛💛💛💛 3y
GuiltyFeat Awesome! 3y
Lizpixie Where did you get this!👌 3y
aeeklund THIS. 3y
LeahBergen Love it! 3y
Gayan 😂😂😂 3y
KarenUK Foxing lovely! 3y
LauraBeth I need this - ❤️ it! 3y
britt_brooke Excellent. 3y
MadCatRamble I 💗 that mug! Foxing adorable. 3y
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Madeline
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To bail or not to bail, that is the question. I'm just not in the right frame of mind for something so artsy right now.

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PatriciaU
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Here's one for the #augustphotochallenge on #minimalisticcovers. Very simple but effective. @TheSpinecrackersBookClub

TheSpinecrackersBookClub Aaaah! I adore this. 3y
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