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The Blue Fox: A Novel Paperback – April 30, 2013
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“When I need something epic and lyrical I call upon Sjón . . . The Blue Fox is a magical novel.” ―Björk
“The Blue Fox describes its world with brilliant, precise, concrete colour and detail . . . Comic and lyrical.” ―A. S. Byatt, The Times (London)
“Enchantingly poetic . . . Spellbinding . . . Magical . . . Exceptional . . . Require[s] that one use the loose descriptive ‘thriller' too.” ―Nuruddin Farah, The Independent
Top Customer Reviews
This small book can be read easily in a single sitting...yet it is also the type of literature that benefits from a second reading. Personally, I enjoyed it far more when rereading it than I did the first time around. I had to use the dictionary frequently and had to pay special attention to Icelandic names and nicknames.
In my opinion, there is no single right way to interpret this parable. Readers will uncover various personal messages that bear significance to their individual lives. But I feel strongly that the emphasis of this novel is not on the meaning behind the parable, rather it is on the joy, magic, and humor of the telling. Sjon is an imp of a storyteller; his stories can move off suddenly in any direction: dark, bizarre, touching, dazzling, brilliant, wise. He frequently uses contrasting literary styles--especially stark realism versus magical realism--to evoke synergy and literary counterpoint. Reading Sjon is, above all, an experience. Allow yourself to feel his words. If you've read one book and liked it, then I suspect you'll eagerly want to come back for more.
"The Blue Fox" is one of a trilogy of Sjon's prize-winning novellas that are currently being published (by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) for the first time in the U.S. in outstanding translations by Victoria Cribb. The other two books in this series are "The Mouth of the Whale" and "The Whispering Muse.Read more ›
"Things change- nothing persists. The burden that is well borne becomes light." These two puzzles emerge, and it our job to discern how they impact our tale.
I'll read more of Sjon's works, if only to experience the language. But, there is more. The landscape is as much a character in this small book as the humans and animals. And, the story is based on an old folk-tale. I want to know more. About the setting, the history, the writer and his works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Original title "skugga-baldur" is significant. I'd look it up after, not before, reading this short novel.Published 2 months ago by Gary Ingle
Small novella epic tale. Clever and precise. Surprisingly short book but you feel like you've read an epic story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by beverly worsfold
Memorable and deeply moving myth, evocative of Icelandic sagas and ancient myths of all kinds. Multiple perspectives, sensitive and sentient. Read morePublished 9 months ago by anna kodama
One of the best books I have ever read! Ancient fable meets modern storytelling. I wish I could read more books like these one more often!Published 17 months ago by Andre Sicchieri Bailao
Gobbled it up. The tale is deliciously sliced out of the Icelandic landscape and culture. I licked my lips. Read it!Published 20 months ago by Selina Hill
I like the quirky writing style and magical topics that Sjon explores in his novels. I am a huge fan of From the Mouth of the Whale and was hoping for a similar reading experience. Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by cnason2010
A beautiful, lyrical, melancholy tale. Although not as intricately layered as From the Mouth of the Whale, this is an elegantly composed and compact work that stirs sublime... Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Mario A. Cubas