Fox A darkly comic short story a fable about the all too real impact that we humans have on the environmentFox has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack the one his fellow foxes regarded wit

  • Title: Fox 8
  • Author: George Saunders
  • ISBN: 1984818023
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A darkly comic short story, a fable about the all too real impact that we humans have on the environmentFox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regarded with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes That is, until Fox 8 develops a unique skill He teaches himself to speak Yuman by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listeni A darkly comic short story, a fable about the all too real impact that we humans have on the environmentFox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regarded with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes That is, until Fox 8 develops a unique skill He teaches himself to speak Yuman by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listening to children s bedtime stories The power of language fuels his abundant curiosity about people even after danjer arrives in the form of a new shopping mall that cuts off his food supply, sending Fox 8 on a harrowing quest to help save his pack Get A 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graphically Made me cry hide spoiler flag how many pages are there in the book like 2 months ago Add your answer Sharon This book has 49 pages flag See 2 questions about Fox 8 Lists with This Book Best Talking Animal Books 589 books 693 voters 2019 What Women Born In The 1970s Have Read So Far This Year 670 books 181 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 04, 2018 Justin Tate rated it it was amazing review of another edition OMG It s rare for me to literally laugh out loud, but this short story had me cracking up every page actually like every paragraph George Saunders wicked way with words is never exemplified than here, in the point of view of a fox His glorious misspellings and hilarious societal observations are just perfect throughout Despite being a 30 45 minute read, this one will endure with me forever.Side note I m an audio lover, but you have to read this one to get the jokes After readin OMG It s rare for me to literally laugh out loud, but this short story had me cracking up every page actually like every paragraph George Saunders wicked way with words is never exemplified than here, in the point of view of a fox His glorious misspellings and hilarious societal observations are just perfect throughout Despite being a 30 45 minute read, this one will endure with me forever.Side note I m an audio lover, but you have to read this one to get the jokes After reading I listened to a sample of the audio version just out of curiosity and it killed the experience The misspellings and tone of the text can only be appreciated by seeing the words on the page or Kindle flag 96 likesLike see review Nov 05, 2018 Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror rated it it was amazing review of another edition Yumans wud walk by and go Hey, look, Foxes And drop a bit of fud at us Soon we had karmel korn, sevral parshul biskits, plus a pare so fresh it did not even stink.I woslike This must be Fud CortFox 7 woslike I gess I m CRYING It seems as though George Saunders knows exactly what Sadie Hartmann loves to DEATH I love anthropomorphic stories like WATERSHIP DOWN with the rabbit colony or Disney s Robin Hood with the cute foxes There s something so endearing about giving animals a human vo Yumans wud walk by and go Hey, look, Foxes And drop a bit of fud at us Soon we had karmel korn, sevral parshul biskits, plus a pare so fresh it did not even stink.I woslike This must be Fud CortFox 7 woslike I gess I m CRYING It seems as though George Saunders knows exactly what Sadie Hartmann loves to DEATH I love anthropomorphic stories like WATERSHIP DOWN with the rabbit colony or Disney s Robin Hood with the cute foxes There s something so endearing about giving animals a human voice.Or a Yuman voice, in the case of FOX 8In the world George Saunders creates here, Foxes are named in numbers Fox 8, Fox 21, Fox 48 and the specific Fox writing this story, YES WRITING this story has a particular fascination with Yumans us He spies on a mother in her children s bedroom telling her pups stories and then touching her snout to her kid s faces and suddenly, Fox 8 falls in love.But things don t always go so well.As these types of stories go, the author reminds us that human beings are not always mindful of the animal kingdom and we neglect our responsibility to respect our furry friends of the wild.Fox 8 learns some hard lessons about humans and through his sweet, pure voice we get to see ourselves as he sees us There are some major laugh out loud moments here I love the way the Foxes talk to one another and to other animals The exchange Fox 8 has with a dog in car parked in a lot is hilarious I also found the odd grammar and spellings totally entertaining and experimental It s weird to see recognizable words and just read them as fast and easy as one would when they re spelled correctly I was TOTAL LEE entertained.The illustrations were a delight.The ending had me in tears How sweet this little book is and what an important message without being overly so I recommend this for all ages And I ll be passing this along to my sister so she can read it to my nieces flag 31 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2014 Garrett Zecker rated it really liked it review of another edition The first work by Saunders I have ever read was his bestselling Tenth of December this past year, and I was blown away by his literary prowess, mesmerized with the word dance and structure of reality he portrays in his work Fox 8 was a little Kindle Single impulse buy, and for 99c I could enter into a Saunderian world once I bit like a sly er you get the point.The thing about this text is that there really was nothing special about it on the surface It is small, simple, and in terms of The first work by Saunders I have ever read was his bestselling Tenth of December this past year, and I was blown away by his literary prowess, mesmerized with the word dance and structure of reality he portrays in his work Fox 8 was a little Kindle Single impulse buy, and for 99c I could enter into a Saunderian world once I bit like a sly er you get the point.The thing about this text is that there really was nothing special about it on the surface It is small, simple, and in terms of the writing, a collection of atrocious spelling and grammar that makes one dizzy at the prospect of even being able to pick it up I mean, what were his editors thinking What is he thinking Who edited this and it is exactly what I love about it I meen, it is a story of a fox Fox 8 in particular, and I was absolutely enamoured from page one It is beautefel A short, simle lettel text that is a hymn to liff, nature, and love But what is best of the Fox 8 story iz itz ability tu pull yu in and mak yu part of the little furry, warm ten acre world of our littl foxee Lik stepping intu a reflecshun in a pond aftr seeng yur littl fox face, fur and wet nose, and step in but thru And there yu ar.Real Truth A mirror into our own world by our little furry four footed friends, but it isn t moralistic It steps back from the editorializing a little save for one scene and allows the story to play out Is it about the environment Is it about deforestation and natural resources Consumerism Neglect of animal welfare Or is it about love, and existence, and happiness, and living in the moment The beauty of the text is the very thing that I imagine that many readers hate about it its honesty in the face of a small impulsive little animal who learns something extraordinary I loved this story, and its simple illustrations, and I appreciate it as one of the times in my life where I found myself truly mystified and pulled into a narrative that reminded me of my childhood picking up a Narnia book for the first time, say It is elementally beautiful, and I appreciate its simplicity and lack of much than a portrait of a brand new word, fresh from the den meeting and ready to scamper through all of the danger and love, life and struggle,to just be flag 18 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Judith E rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, short stories, gracie There are a lot of life lessons packed in this little ditty about a fox that learns to read and speak in Yuman As his journey takes him from his cozy fox community, to the shopping mall, and then to a new den and life, he questions why Yumans can t be nicer Creative, succinct, and a bit whimsical, George Saunders message is loud and clear Thanks for reminding us flag 17 likesLike see review Nov 15, 2018 Chandra Claypool wherethereadergrows rated it it was amazing If my review doesn t make sense, it s because I m writing this through watery eyes WOW this book packs a PUNCH It s absolutely brilliant in every aspect Adorable illustrations, the view of a fox, the writing itself I really could go on and on.This is a tale of innocence A fox trying to be better to find a way to supply food to his family One single act changes him forever The lesson here is deep and certainly socially relevant Things I absolutely loved was the way it was written the c If my review doesn t make sense, it s because I m writing this through watery eyes WOW this book packs a PUNCH It s absolutely brilliant in every aspect Adorable illustrations, the view of a fox, the writing itself I really could go on and on.This is a tale of innocence A fox trying to be better to find a way to supply food to his family One single act changes him forever The lesson here is deep and certainly socially relevant Things I absolutely loved was the way it was written the crude spelling because hey, a Fox is trying here And reading it this way was actually quite fun The interactions between the fox and other creatures, his own kind and the imagination he has was highly entertaining and had me giggling a lot in my seat.Basically, I love foxes I hate humans READ THIS BOOK flag 17 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Vivek Tejuja rated it it was amazing review of another edition There are some books that just nestle into your heart and stay there For me, those have been the likes of An Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami, The Collected Works of A.J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, Breakfast at Tiffany s by Capote, and The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery You get the drift, don t you These are the kind of books that can be read to soothe me, when I am feeling down I am certain we all have these kind of books the ones that make There are some books that just nestle into your heart and stay there For me, those have been the likes of An Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami, The Collected Works of A.J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, Breakfast at Tiffany s by Capote, and The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery You get the drift, don t you These are the kind of books that can be read to soothe me, when I am feeling down I am certain we all have these kind of books the ones that make everything alright, just by opening them and reading over and over again Fox 8 by George Saunders is the latest addition to my ever growing list of heartwarming books I hate the use of the word heartwarming, my apologies.I love Saunders Lincoln in the Bardo though is my least favourite book written by him, though it won the Man Booker Prize and all that His short fiction is par excellence, his essays even better in my opinion, and basically whatever he writes is pure gold Fox 8 is no less of a book because of its size If anything, after you are done reading it, you tend to agree that it had to end, where it did, even if you wanted of it.This 64 page novella novelette is about a fox the name is Fox 8 who is curious about humans poor sad fox I for one can t stand most humans and also learns some of the English language, by watching parents read to their children I love how the fox also debunks fairy tales for us with reference to the role of the fox in them Saunders is in his full form with inventiveness of language writing phonetically the way a fox would yooman and not human, bare and not bear, and the list goes on At first, you wonder about the writing style and when you give in, you are in love with this fantastical tale of two foxes visiting a mall that has been built razing most of their forest and what happens next.Before I forget, kudos and to Chelsea Cardinal for the illustrations that go so well with the story The illustrations are all black and white, except the foxes they are in orange and stunning would perhaps be a lesser adjective to use Saunders story is telling of our times of the way we inhabit spaces and make of them to how endangered our wild life really is and all of this is said with the eccentric and almost witty in this one at least , true blue Saunders style.Fox 8 is heartwarming, also heart wrenching, makes you look at the world we have made and why and question almost every decision which I think we must At the same time, it makes a spot in your heart and will not go away I am very happy that it was the first read of the year for me Read it It is truly beautifully done flag 13 likesLike see review Apr 16, 2013 Shaun rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves read in 2013 2.5 stars because I m not sure I liked it even though I can appreciate the creativity involved.Let mee start bi saying that wile reeding this it ocurd to mee that when yoo become famus yoo can doo no rong Yoo can rite short storees and use fonetic speling becuz after al, yoo are famus and sum won wil always bi yoor book storee and clame it is geneous, becuz anee thing rittin bi Jorj Sawnders is bi deefawlt brileant Fox 8 by George Saunders is a short storee abowt a fox called Fox 8 hoo lurns to 2.5 stars because I m not sure I liked it even though I can appreciate the creativity involved.Let mee start bi saying that wile reeding this it ocurd to mee that when yoo become famus yoo can doo no rong Yoo can rite short storees and use fonetic speling becuz after al, yoo are famus and sum won wil always bi yoor book storee and clame it is geneous, becuz anee thing rittin bi Jorj Sawnders is bi deefawlt brileant Fox 8 by George Saunders is a short storee abowt a fox called Fox 8 hoo lurns to speek and rite When hee tris to obtane food for his starving frends bi rading the mawl, things do not kwite work owt The yumans dis appoint him, end hee desides too rite them a letter in hopes uf fineding cawmun grownd beetween the yumans and the foxes Okay,I think I ve made my point Interestingly, the story, while annoying to read, is somewhat clever and does have a poignant message Still, reading it was a chore and the payoff was rather weak So maybe a solid 4 stars for creativity but 1 star for execution That said, at only 99 cents and twenty pages roughly 20 30 minutes of reading time depending on how good you are at reading phonetic spelling it s okay This is only my second experience with George Saunders writing, the first being Tenth of December , which I also had mixed feelings about So if you are a fan of Saunders edgy writing, maybe this will appeal to you I m still undecided flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 27, 2018 Stacey rated it liked it I found this on the lucky day shelf at the library It s short so I thought why not I m not familiar with George Saunders, but recognize a few of the titles of his other books.This is written from Fox 8 s pov It s an animal so how can it have a pov you might ask Saunders was very clever at giving Fox 8 a voice It was effective and a little obnoxious, but it s a short story so I continue on Fox 8 learns the Yuman language by peering into windows at night and listening then translating to a I found this on the lucky day shelf at the library It s short so I thought why not I m not familiar with George Saunders, but recognize a few of the titles of his other books.This is written from Fox 8 s pov It s an animal so how can it have a pov you might ask Saunders was very clever at giving Fox 8 a voice It was effective and a little obnoxious, but it s a short story so I continue on Fox 8 learns the Yuman language by peering into windows at night and listening then translating to all the other foxes He sneeks into to the mall that replaced his den in the woods and on his way out witnessed animal cruelty by the Yumans It made me think about the effects development has on the environment and animals of all kinds In the end Fox 8 pleads to the Yumans to just be nice so we can live in harmony together flag 11 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Sara rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves awwww, novella, foxes This was a delightful and bittersweet story of a very clever fox who has managed, somewhat, to get his paws around the English language enough to write the story of his life Once you adjust to the prose style the fox, being a fox, spells phonetically for the most part this really is wonderful Fox 8 is the most precocious and adventurous fox in his tribe hence the English learning and when human s destroy their home and cut off the food supply he goes on a journey to save his family At onl This was a delightful and bittersweet story of a very clever fox who has managed, somewhat, to get his paws around the English language enough to write the story of his life Once you adjust to the prose style the fox, being a fox, spells phonetically for the most part this really is wonderful Fox 8 is the most precocious and adventurous fox in his tribe hence the English learning and when human s destroy their home and cut off the food supply he goes on a journey to save his family At only fifty plus pages George Saunders of Lincoln in the Bardo fame has a pretty limited window to tell this sad little fable of innocence lost and hope regained but he manages quite handily Fox 8 s voice is a wonderful one Despite his hardships and loss he never entirely loses his awe of humans and the things they create, even as he questions why creatures capable of wonders like shopping malls and parking lots must destroy and even kill anything that gets in their way.I really loved this and would happily read of Fox 8 s adventures flag 10 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Betsy Robinson rated it it was amazing This illustrated short story broke my heart It is a plea for compassion and goodness Thanks to my friends for reviewing this beautiful little book and letting me know about it Without you, my reading life would be so bland flag 10 likesLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Peter Tillman rated it it was ok Shelves sf fantasy Well, it s not bad, but the fake fox dialect gets old fast, as does the heavy handed message The best part was the illustrations, by Chelsea Cardinal And it s an attractive small book I read an almost new library copy in about 15 minutes With some skimming 1.5 stars, rounded up for the cool art OK, it really is pretty bad Saunders has fallen into the old trap of playing in someone else s genre, and he s just not very good at it The story that instantly came to mind, was The Coon Rolled Well, it s not bad, but the fake fox dialect gets old fast, as does the heavy handed message The best part was the illustrations, by Chelsea Cardinal And it s an attractive small book I read an almost new library copy in about 15 minutes With some skimming 1.5 stars, rounded up for the cool art OK, it really is pretty bad Saunders has fallen into the old trap of playing in someone else s genre, and he s just not very good at it The story that instantly came to mind, was The Coon Rolled Down and Ruptured His Larinks, A Squeezed Novel by Mr Skunk by Dafydd ab Hugh This wonderful novelette was nominated for both the Hugo Nebula Awards in 1991 Not online, sadly Most easily found in Dozois 8, and highly recommended A great, and very entertaining, story More details flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Tara rated it really liked it Shelves novella I found myself engaged with this long short story than I thought I would be Saunders narrates as FOX 8, the name given to a real fox by his den It s in the form of a letter or story to Yumans Part of the charm is the phonetic spelling throughout, because of course a fox cannot spell but has learned werds from listening to Yumans tell stories Normally I hate this gimmick, but in Saunders hands, it shines.What is at times sweet, funny, recognizable, is at other times dark and tragic, I found myself engaged with this long short story than I thought I would be Saunders narrates as FOX 8, the name given to a real fox by his den It s in the form of a letter or story to Yumans Part of the charm is the phonetic spelling throughout, because of course a fox cannot spell but has learned werds from listening to Yumans tell stories Normally I hate this gimmick, but in Saunders hands, it shines.What is at times sweet, funny, recognizable, is at other times dark and tragic, as Yumans encroach on the den s territory I also read this is a parallel to how some are treating the immigrants who are crossing our borders and entering our ports.Illustrated with simple line drawings by Chelsea Cardinal This gives it the feel of a children s fairy tale Both beautiful and a warning of some kind flag 9 likesLike see review Jun 11, 2013 Elliot de Vries rated it did not like it review of another edition I well and truly hated this story Even so because of the brief glimmer of potential insight which it ignores.To start with the uncomplicatedly awful, there is Saunders fox dialect Fox 8 writes curiously like the way the teenagers in Victory Lap speak, with the addition of nonstandard spelling Literary tics proliferate, including a particularly ugly affectation involving colons You are neerly all eyes, due to super hungry Saunders loves the word tr s Fox 8 is variously Tray emb I well and truly hated this story Even so because of the brief glimmer of potential insight which it ignores.To start with the uncomplicatedly awful, there is Saunders fox dialect Fox 8 writes curiously like the way the teenagers in Victory Lap speak, with the addition of nonstandard spelling Literary tics proliferate, including a particularly ugly affectation involving colons You are neerly all eyes, due to super hungry Saunders loves the word tr s Fox 8 is variously Tray embaras ed , tray stunned or tray mad He also loves like and woslike i.e was like which would not have been problematic in the context of naturalistic language, but here only adds to the quirky grandpa the academic feel of the writing In a word, the language is neither justifiable in terms of the narrative nor attractive in its own right.The story s premise is that Fox 8 becomes entangled in the human world when he teaches himself English by listening to bedtime stories through a window Contact between man and nature leads predictably to conflict, and the story is built around a central trauma which involves an utterly unmotivated act of man on fox cruelty The tragedy forever changes the perspective of Fox 8, leading to an eventual plea to the reader for an explanation of why we cannot be nicer.The problem may already be apparent establishing the central act of cruelty as one of otherwise unmotivated evil makes the final plea necessarily futile Evil simply is, we are told, and why aren t humans nicer To even ask the question, one needs to be willing to see malevolence as something other than self sufficient, self caused The final letdown is that Saunders laid the groundwork for, but then neglected, an interesting way out of this contradiction.By far the most charming and thought provoking aspect of Fox 8 s character is his penchant for daydreams of grandeur, in equal parts absurd and ambitious These range from imagining going off to college with the baby of the human family he visits and receiving a mortarboard to single handedly saving the other foxes from hunger But even with all their absurdity, Fox 8 s fantasies remain uneasily plausible and throw a faint shadow over him the daydreams are what connects Fox 8 to the humans Once this connection between Fox 8 and humanity was made it would have been possible to ask a serious and interesting question about the source of evil can we have fantasies and ambitions without it Unfortunately, the daydreams remain only characterization, divorced from the question the story asks its readers, a question it allows them no answers flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 17, 2013 Bob Wake rated it really liked it review of another edition According to the L.A Times literary blog Jacket Copy, George Saunders chose to leave Fox 8 out of his recently published collection Tenth of December because he felt it was asking one stretch too many from the reader I get that In fact, I much prefer reading the occasional Saunders story in The New Yorker rather than compiled in short story collections His stories, artfully spun and eccentrically self contained, can seem overly precious and worked up when set side by side That said, h According to the L.A Times literary blog Jacket Copy, George Saunders chose to leave Fox 8 out of his recently published collection Tenth of December because he felt it was asking one stretch too many from the reader I get that In fact, I much prefer reading the occasional Saunders story in The New Yorker rather than compiled in short story collections His stories, artfully spun and eccentrically self contained, can seem overly precious and worked up when set side by side That said, he s written than his share of masterful short stories Fox 8, which began life as a failed children s book, is as memorable as anything Saunders has written, which is to say it will stay with you because of qualities it shares with timeless, even mythic storytelling It s narrated by a visionary fox unable to convince his starving den comrades that their only chance for survival is to strike out in quest of food at the newly constructed shopping mall that has displaced their habitat Fox 8 is actually an epistolary fable, written as a beseeching letter to the humans whose language Fox 8 has learned, if not precisely mastered, as a kind of earthy Chaucerian Middle English Stay in your awesum howses, play your music lowd, however you make it play so lowd, yap your Yuman jokes, sending forth your crood laffter into the nite Also worth noting about this very cool 99 cent ebook are the wonderful illustrations by graphic designer Chelsea Cardinal the sharp cover design is hers as well flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Jessica Sullivan rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 read Why did the Curator do it so rong, making the groop with the gratest skils the meenest Saunders has done it all, this time writing a short story from the perspective and poor spelling of a fox This brief fable is a funny, sad and ultimately hopeful meditation on humans and their interactions with the natural world I was not prepared for how touched I would be by the final pages flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Ana rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves humorous, illustrated, fantasy, own and read, read in 2019, short stories, favorites Deer Reeder First may I say, sorry for any werds I spel rong Because I am a fox So don t rite or spel perfect But here is how I lerned to rite and spel as gud as I do And I woslike Fox 8, this Yuman reeder is complete lee luvving this buk 2019 Read Harder ChallengeTask 12 A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point of view character flag 7 likesLike see review Nov 14, 2018 Peter rated it liked it review of another edition I m slightly embarrassed to admit that having been aware of George Saunders powerful reputation, comparisons with Chekhov and Tolstoy no less, that this a first for meegged on by good vibes from the Saturday Review panel Radio 4 This is probably not the best place to start an anthropomorphic tale with a well worn if not banal message to us Yumans sic It s all been done before, particularly in Watership Down and to a degree in Dahl s Fantastic Mr Fox both favourites of mine I m slightly embarrassed to admit that having been aware of George Saunders powerful reputation, comparisons with Chekhov and Tolstoy no less, that this a first for meegged on by good vibes from the Saturday Review panel Radio 4 This is probably not the best place to start an anthropomorphic tale with a well worn if not banal message to us Yumans sic It s all been done before, particularly in Watership Down and to a degree in Dahl s Fantastic Mr Fox both favourites of mine if it were not for the foxy lingua franca which is also mildly irritating, it would have been poor meat indeed perhaps 2.5 stars then.Brilliant book design and signed and dated by the author with a fetching doodle added, the books illustrations are pleasant line drawings in black and red I ll be passing this onto my 10 year old granddaughter who I think will get from it than I did flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Erica rated it liked it Shelves adorable, animals, cataloged_it, dead friends and family, jf, leadership, survival, travel, ya This book has given me dichotomy.After reading it, I felt simultaneously delighted and irritated with the whole thing.It s written from a fox perspective after he learns to speak Yuman which to us out westerners makes no phonetic sense because we pronounce the H in Human The fox wants to tell the story of how he was happily living in nature with his kin until Yumans came along and kleered a forest to bild a Mawl.If that last bit of sentence gave you a migraine, don t read this The entire This book has given me dichotomy.After reading it, I felt simultaneously delighted and irritated with the whole thing.It s written from a fox perspective after he learns to speak Yuman which to us out westerners makes no phonetic sense because we pronounce the H in Human The fox wants to tell the story of how he was happily living in nature with his kin until Yumans came along and kleered a forest to bild a Mawl.If that last bit of sentence gave you a migraine, don t read this The entire book is written like that If you thought that was hilarious and wonderful, maybe read this but be prepared for some heavy handed message imparting.I m not sure this is going to enlighten anyone on how bad people are at taking care of the environment and how we generally don t care who is displaced when we refurbish the land in ways we see fit I m pretty sure this is common knowledge by now and one chooses to believe that we re doing a crappy job or that we re progressing like humans should Developers have different ideas than conservationists and while I am on the conservationist tree hugger save the whales side of things, the overall message in this one was crammed so hard down my throat that I gagged Add to that the lessons that sometimes everyone else is wrong and you ve got to do what you know is right, that real friendship is precious and fleeting, and that once you ve been harmed, it s hard to trust the world again, it sa bit much.At the same time, I had a hard time hating a fox who believes foxenkind and chickens have worked out an equitable arrangement But guess what the Fox was Sly Yes, true lee He trikked a Chiken He lerd this plump Chiken away from its henhowse, claming there is some feed in a stump We do not trik Chikens We are very open and honest with Chikens With Chikens, we have a Super Fare Deel, which is they make the egs, we take the egs, they make egs. And sometimes may even eat a live Chicken, shud that Chiken consent to be eaten by us, threw faling to run away upon are approche, after she has been looking for feed in a stump.You ll note the fox written Yuman isn t consistent Like, why spell eaten correctly Why not put two k s in Chiken I don t know It probably doesn t matter unless things like that bother you things like that obviously bother me So I liked this but also, I found it offputting.I think I need a nap so I can reset my brain flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Kusaimamekirai rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction america Fox 8 is a short story by George Saunders about a fox who has taken a liking to hanging outside of windows and listening to humans talk After doing this for a period of time, Fox 8 himself and his friends and family are similarly named has developed the ability to understand certain English words and developed an admiration of humans Believing them to be wonderful creatures, he follows some to a shopping mall where he experiences something that shakes his belief in them and changes his wor Fox 8 is a short story by George Saunders about a fox who has taken a liking to hanging outside of windows and listening to humans talk After doing this for a period of time, Fox 8 himself and his friends and family are similarly named has developed the ability to understand certain English words and developed an admiration of humans Believing them to be wonderful creatures, he follows some to a shopping mall where he experiences something that shakes his belief in them and changes his world forever The story s concept is very intriguing and the message, man s inhumanity to its fellow creatures, is an important one And yet, the story never really resonated like I was expecting it to Perhaps part of the reason is that fox 8 tells his story phonetically Human is yuman , food is fud I know what Saunders was trying to do here but rather than adding to the story, it becomes a distraction as if Saunders was too clever for his own good Finally, the message he wants to convey here is a bit heavy handed In fairness, it s a short story and there is precious little time for character development, but his humans are grotesque caricatures of human beings while his foxes are pure and seemingly represent the best of earth In short, I like what Saunders tried to do here, and applaud him for his ambition, even if the end result fell a bit short flag 6 likesLike see review Mar 19, 2017 Danielle N rated it really liked it review of another edition I have no previous experience with this author but have seen mention of a collection entitled Tenth of December I chose this story based upon the synopsis while flipping through shorts on my Kindle It is a small tale told through the letter of a fox named Fox 8 He is a curious fox who has ventured out and managed to pick up the Yuman language and speech So the story telling is presented in an odd narration that includes the Fox 8 s own interpretation of spelling and speech I personally enjo I have no previous experience with this author but have seen mention of a collection entitled Tenth of December I chose this story based upon the synopsis while flipping through shorts on my Kindle It is a small tale told through the letter of a fox named Fox 8 He is a curious fox who has ventured out and managed to pick up the Yuman language and speech So the story telling is presented in an odd narration that includes the Fox 8 s own interpretation of spelling and speech I personally enjoyed this element, as I felt it really helped establish character and a strong connection with Fox.What ensues is a heartfelt and saddening look into the coexistence or lack of between two species when the construction of a shopping center comes to threaten the very livelihood of Fox and his pack Fox decides to set out on an adventure seeking answers and is introduced to the world of man The letter that follows is the recap and result of that experience.I found this to be a clever and effective approach that left me mentally running through the many effects of mankind upon this Earth and the lives of its many other inhabitants A valuable message that is worth reading.Review can also be found on Books, Vertigo and Tea flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 20, 2018 Adam Durand rated it did not like it review of another edition Dated story, cash grab flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 03, 2018 Audra ouijaodleads rated it it was amazing Shelves short stories This short story might only take you 20 minutes or so to read, but it will definitely stay with you on a deeper level With a timeless mythic quality, this fable digs to the core of what s wrong with the way people interact with the world today George Saunders has this highly artistic and brilliant writing style all of his stories are wildly different and take a little digesting If you re reading a Saunders story, you know it Plus, you re going to fall in love with this fox My thanks to Rando This short story might only take you 20 minutes or so to read, but it will definitely stay with you on a deeper level With a timeless mythic quality, this fable digs to the core of what s wrong with the way people interact with the world today George Saunders has this highly artistic and brilliant writing style all of his stories are wildly different and take a little digesting If you re reading a Saunders story, you know it Plus, you re going to fall in love with this fox My thanks to Random House for sending me a copy of this one to read and review flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2016 Jana rated it it was amazing review of another edition I read a snippet of this from the New Yorker I think and then tracked down the full story from a library download because I had to have it now It starts in a whimsical way, a story of a fox and the Yumans in his world But, of course, this is George Saunders And I always make it a rule to read whatever he wants to write Everyone should That is all Don t quote me, but I think this was an original considerations for Tenth of December I like that thought flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Mariana Ferreira rated it it was amazing review of another edition Adorable and heart breaking This is a tiny book written as a letter from a fox to humanity Saunders is so brilliant that his fox has a distinct voice than most characters in other fiction books out there Recommended, but sad as fuck at parts, so be warned flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Kelly rated it really liked it review of another edition Made me feel really sad and conscious about what we are doing in the world Very cleverly done and I loved the play with the language flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 10, 2018 Alison rated it liked it review of another edition This was not at all what I was expecting It s from the point of view of a fox and he is the one telling the story, so none of the words are spelled right It took awhile to get used to it, but after a few pages I barely noticed I thought overall this was a pretty cute and important story Poor fox doesn t understand humans and it makes him sad, and it poses a lot of important questions about how and why we treat animals the ways we do flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Ron Charles rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves apocalyptic, environmental fiction Small but powerful Everything about George Saunders s new book, Fox 8, is unusual It was published Tuesday in a tiny hardback edition with illustrations by Chelsea Cardinal, but it s been available as an ebook for years, and the story first appeared in McSweeney s back in 2010, long before Saunders won the Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo It s about a fox who learns to speak Yuman by listening to children s bedtime stories First may I say, sorry for any werds I spel rong When Small but powerful Everything about George Saunders s new book, Fox 8, is unusual It was published Tuesday in a tiny hardback edition with illustrations by Chelsea Cardinal, but it s been available as an ebook for years, and the story first appeared in McSweeney s back in 2010, long before Saunders won the Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo It s about a fox who learns to speak Yuman by listening to children s bedtime stories First may I say, sorry for any werds I spel rong When the construction of a shopping mall destroys his forest, Fox 8 learns a horrifying lesson about human cruelty It was about trauma, Saunders tells me, the fact that genuinely bad things can happen to genuinely nice people or, in this case, a genuinely nice fox There was something shocking about that when that terrible thing happened to that fox with such an innocent and sweet hearted voice And I found myself thinking Right, exactly, that s what violence really is a brutal action that is not camouflaged as it so often is in pop culture by any glamor in the presentation the worst thing happening to the dearest person Now it occurs to me that it might also be read as an immigration fable how terrifying it is to be adrift and then be met with violence, and how nice it is to be adrift and be greeted with hospitality flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Rebecca rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves animal narrator, newbury library, short stories, epistolary, laugh out loud, novellas 3.5 Fox 8 learned human language by sitting outside windows and listening to children s bedtime stories Now he has a story of his own to tell, and it s full of accusations of what humans have done to his kind, starting with destroying their habitat to build a mall and parking lot I woslike Why did the Curator do it so rong, making the groop with the gratest skils the meenest There s a couple of scenes here that will be hard for animal lovers to take this seems inevitable in any book in 3.5 Fox 8 learned human language by sitting outside windows and listening to children s bedtime stories Now he has a story of his own to tell, and it s full of accusations of what humans have done to his kind, starting with destroying their habitat to build a mall and parking lot I woslike Why did the Curator do it so rong, making the groop with the gratest skils the meenest There s a couple of scenes here that will be hard for animal lovers to take this seems inevitable in any book in which an animal is a main character , but the voice is irresistible and funny, and the phonetic spellings a delight This lovely Christmas stocking sized volume is enhanced by red and black line drawings by Chelsea Cardinal I really need to read a whole Saunders story collection flag 10 likesLike see review Apr 20, 2013 Darwin8u rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2013 The thing I liked most about Saunders quirky fable is how innocent and honest he can be without becoming saccharine He manages with his simple narrative and his prose ticks to walk up to the line of absurdly sentimental and overdone, but then slinks backs down.Obvious comparisons should probably be made to David Sedaris modern bestiary Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk and Dahl s Fantastic Mr Fox Saunders s story Fox 8 seems to belong to that same family group descended from the Aesopica Not m The thing I liked most about Saunders quirky fable is how innocent and honest he can be without becoming saccharine He manages with his simple narrative and his prose ticks to walk up to the line of absurdly sentimental and overdone, but then slinks backs down.Obvious comparisons should probably be made to David Sedaris modern bestiary Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk and Dahl s Fantastic Mr Fox Saunders s story Fox 8 seems to belong to that same family group descended from the Aesopica Not my favorite genre, but Saunders could write a phone book and I d go out and buy it to read it flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 26, 2017 Dylan Perry rated it really liked it review of another edition This was a good follow up to Congratulations, By the Way, further showcasing Sauders craft, and his odd yet touching style I won t say much about the story itself, because it works well to go in blind, though I recommend using whispersync for this one it ll cost ya like 5 total The way the prose is written might distract if you read the story by itself, and yet if you listen to the auidobook alone you ll miss part of that charm It s worth getting both for the best experience.3.5 5 flag 5 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Fox 8 the final question 1 7 Jan 21, 2019 08 23AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed He has been an Assistant Professor, Syracuse University Creative Writing Program since 1997 He has also been a Visiting Writer at Vermont Studio Center, University of Georgia MayMester Program, University of Denver, University of Texas at Austin, St Petersburg Literary Seminar St 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      George Saunders was born December 2, 1958 and raised on the south side of Chicago In 1981 he received a B.S in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado He worked at Radian International, an environmental engineering firm in Rochester, NY as a technical writer and geophysical engineer from 1989 to 1996 He has also worked in Sumatra on an oil exploration geophysi George Saunders was born December 2, 1958 and raised on the south side of Chicago In 1981 he received a B.S in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado He worked at Radian International, an environmental engineering firm in Rochester, NY as a technical writer and geophysical engineer from 1989 to 1996 He has also worked in Sumatra on an oil exploration geophysics crew, as a doorman in Beverly Hills, a roofer in Chicago, a convenience store clerk, a guitarist in a Texas country and western band, and a knuckle puller in a West Texas slaughterhouse After reading in People magazine about the Master s program at Syracuse University, he applied Mr Saunders received an MA with an emphasis in creative writing in 1988 His thesis advisor was Doug Unger.He has been an Assistant Professor, Syracuse University Creative Writing Program since 1997 He has also been a Visiting Writer at Vermont Studio Center, University of Georgia MayMester Program, University of Denver, University of Texas at Austin, St Petersburg Literary Seminar St Petersburg, Russia, Summer 2000 , Brown University, Dickinson College, Hobart William Smith Colleges He conducted a Guest Workshop at the Eastman School of Music, Fall 1995, and was an Adjunct Professor at Saint John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, 1990 1995 and Adjunct Professor at Siena College, Loudonville, New York in Fall 1989.He is married and has two children.His favorite charity is a project to educate Tibetan refugee children in Nepal Information on this can be found at



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    1. OMG It s rare for me to literally laugh out loud, but this short story had me cracking up every page actually like every paragraph George Saunders wicked way with words is never exemplified than here, in the point of view of a fox His glorious misspellings and hilarious societal observations are just perfect throughout Despite being a 30 45 minute read, this one will endure with me forever.Side note I m an audio lover, but you have to read this one to get the jokes After readin OMG It s rare f [...]

    2. Yumans wud walk by and go Hey, look, Foxes And drop a bit of fud at us Soon we had karmel korn, sevral parshul biskits, plus a pare so fresh it did not even stink.I woslike This must be Fud CortFox 7 woslike I gess I m CRYING It seems as though George Saunders knows exactly what Sadie Hartmann loves to DEATH I love anthropomorphic stories like WATERSHIP DOWN with the rabbit colony or Disney s Robin Hood with the cute foxes There s something so endearing about giving animals a human vo Yumans wud [...]

    3. The first work by Saunders I have ever read was his bestselling Tenth of December this past year, and I was blown away by his literary prowess, mesmerized with the word dance and structure of reality he portrays in his work Fox 8 was a little Kindle Single impulse buy, and for 99c I could enter into a Saunderian world once I bit like a sly er you get the point.The thing about this text is that there really was nothing special about it on the surface It is small, simple, and in terms of The firs [...]

    4. There are a lot of life lessons packed in this little ditty about a fox that learns to read and speak in Yuman As his journey takes him from his cozy fox community, to the shopping mall, and then to a new den and life, he questions why Yumans can t be nicer Creative, succinct, and a bit whimsical, George Saunders message is loud and clear Thanks for reminding us

    5. If my review doesn t make sense, it s because I m writing this through watery eyes WOW this book packs a PUNCH It s absolutely brilliant in every aspect Adorable illustrations, the view of a fox, the writing itself. I really could go on and on.This is a tale of innocence A fox trying to be better to find a way to supply food to his family One single act changes him forever The lesson here is deep and certainly socially relevant Things I absolutely loved was the way it was written the c If my rev [...]

    6. There are some books that just nestle into your heart and stay there For me, those have been the likes of An Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami, The Collected Works of A.J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, Breakfast at Tiffany s by Capote, and The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery You get the drift, don t you These are the kind of books that can be read to soothe me, when I am feeling down I am certain we all have these kind of books the ones that make There [...]

    7. 2.5 stars because I m not sure I liked it even though I can appreciate the creativity involved.Let mee start bi saying that wile reeding this it ocurd to mee that when yoo become famus yoo can doo no rong Yoo can rite short storees and use fonetic speling becuz after al, yoo are famus and sum won wil always bi yoor book storee and clame it is geneous, becuz anee thing rittin bi Jorj Sawnders is bi deefawlt brileant Fox 8 by George Saunders is a short storee abowt a fox called Fox 8 hoo lu [...]

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