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Review: The Blue Fox

November 4, 2014

The Blue Fox

A priest shoots and kills a blue fox and his shot causes an avalanche.

The dirft splits in the middle with such a thunderous crack that the loose snow is whirled up around Reverend Baldur, obscuring his figure and blotting out his view in all directions.  The lower section of the drift sets off down the mountain — snatching up the priest on the way.

Trapped beneath the snow, he fears he’s losing his mind when the fox comes back to life.  Once again, the priest kills the fox, this time eating its heart, wearing its fur, and becoming the fox.

The Blue Fox written by Sjón and translated by Victoria Cribb is, at 115 pages, a short book but it wasn’t a quick read for me.  Full of nuances and symbolism, I had to read it slowly to discern its meaning and, to be honest, I’m not sure I understood it completely.  Besides the story of the hunt, there were flashbacks to a dead woman, who turns out to be the daughter the priest sold for a rifle and “a bag of shot.”

The Blue Fox has received a lot of praise and won several awards but I think it was too literary for me.  If you enjoy literary fiction and/or mythology, you’ll probably enjoy this more than I did.

Review copy provided by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.


19 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2014 5:20 am

    Probably not for me. I like to know exactly where I am going with a book.

  2. November 4, 2014 5:57 am

    Sounds too literary for me too!

  3. November 4, 2014 7:14 am

    I already now that’s too literary for me! Kudos for even trying!

  4. November 4, 2014 8:03 am

    I think I’d need to see several rave reviews before attempting this one!

  5. November 4, 2014 9:28 am

    If it’s too literary for you, then it’s WAY too literary for me. I run from any book that’s got Pulitzer Prize written on it!

  6. November 4, 2014 10:15 am

    I don’t think this one is for me but I have to admit that I am almost intrigued enough to try it!

  7. November 4, 2014 11:28 am

    Of course, this totally sounds like my thing. Weird cover design. You can hardly see the title.

  8. November 4, 2014 2:40 pm

    I like literary fiction, but not mythology, so I’m not sure I’d read this book. But…the story does sound interesting.

  9. November 4, 2014 2:52 pm

    I am not sure I would like them. Symbolism and I are not the best of friends, I’m afraid.

  10. November 4, 2014 2:57 pm

    This sounds like an interesting, yet challenging read. Not sure that it’s for me either though.

  11. November 4, 2014 2:59 pm

    Sounds like a good read…something for a time when I want to think and pay close attention to my reading.

  12. November 4, 2014 3:47 pm

    Maybe, maybe not

  13. Patty permalink
    November 4, 2014 9:53 pm

    I know this isn’t for me!

  14. jilllora permalink
    November 4, 2014 10:27 pm

    I’m too disturbed by the fact that the author’s name is bigger than the title. I couldn’t figure out what was going on with that!

  15. November 5, 2014 3:42 am

    I enjoyed your review Kathy. I don’t think this book would be for me.

  16. November 5, 2014 7:19 am

    Not sure this would work for me, and I just had a bad read (which I’ll post about tonight)

  17. November 5, 2014 9:50 am

    I usually have a tough time with the prize-winning books – probably says more about me than anything else, lol.

  18. November 5, 2014 3:17 pm

    Kathy, thanks for sharing your thoughts about this short but pithy book. I enjoy literary fiction, but I’m not sure about the mythology part.

  19. November 9, 2014 9:48 pm

    LOL. Just the thought of it has taken away the possbility of reading enjoyment!

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