Mr. Fox review

February 17, 2015

Mr. FoxMr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Is it possible to like a book without understanding it?

That’s the case with me and Mr. Fox. I received this book as part of The Book Riot Quarterly box #5. I always give those books a shot because they are never books I would have chosen for myself.

This book is a collection of short stories and fables, wrapped up in a storyline of an author (St. John Fox), his wife (Daphne), and his imaginary muse who came to life (Mary Foxe). Fox has the habit of continuously killing off his female characters. Mary draws him into a game to try and stop that. And then … stuff happens.

The individual stories are ensorcelling. The St. John/Mary/Daphne triangle is very interesting. But overall, I’m not 100% sure that what I think happened is what actually happened. I enjoyed the parts, but am still iffy about the whole.

WARNING: If you are triggered by domestic violence, you shouldn’t read this book. There are a few “oooof” scenes that took me back.

This was the third book I read in 2015. View all my reviews on Goodreads.

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