Fox 8, by George Saunders

September 25, 2020

Fox 8 by George Saunders

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

For Fox’ Sake – what a disaster! What an unholy mess of a novella! Our protagonist, Fox 8, who is, you guessed it, a fox, gets a quick glance of what humanity is capable of.
This is a promising premise and, if excitedly well, could lead to an interesting story.

Unfortunately, it turns out foxes don’t “speak” English very well and I don’t have much patience for sentences like this:

But I was fast and nated by those music werds, and desired to understand them total lee.

The entire booklet is written like that and the story is just as “meh”. In Fox 8’s own words:

Reeding my Story bak just now, I woslike: O no, my Story is a bumer. There is the deth of a gud pal, and no plase of up lift, or lerning a leson. The nise Fox’s first Groop stays lost, his frend stays ded. Bla.

Yes, bla. Read something else. This is bollocks.

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(Reminder to anyone not reading German: There’s a link to translate this (and every) page at the very bottom.)

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