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The Fox Woman Paperback – February 3, 2001
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The Fox Woman follows two families, one of foxes and another of humans. The restless Kaya no Yoshifuji fails to receive an appointment in the Emperor's court and, distracted and seemingly unfazed, decides to relocate to a rural estate to pass a pensive winter, accompanied by his wife Shikujo and son Tadamaro. But a young fox named Kitsune and her brother, mother, and grandfather have set up their den in the run-down estate, and soon the fate of both families becomes intertwined; Yoshifuji becomes bewitched by the foxes, and Kitsune in turn falls in love with him, much to the distress of all others involved, especially Shikujo.
Johnson tells her tale in measured, intimate passages, through Kitsune's diary, Yoshifuji's notebook, and Shikujo's pillow book. The rich, truthful depiction of the Heian-era setting, punctuated by exchanges of poetry and steeped in emotive descriptions of both the fox and human worlds, establishes a still, meditative, and rewarding pace. With her thoughtful ear, Johnson offers a mature and knowing first effort. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When Kaya No Yoshifuji and his family move to the capital, it upsets two sets of lives, those of his family and those of the family of foxes that have been living underneath the unused country house. Kitsune, the fox, looks on these strangers with a sense of longing and wonder, unable to understand their human ways. Soon her obsession reflects in Yoshifuji, who becomes obsessed with the foxes living near his home. As Kitsune's obsession grows, she falls in love with Yoshifuji and seeks to use fox-magic to transform herself into a woman to obtain his love.
Woven into the story is a wonderful collection of poetry. Yoshifuji and his wife trade poems in a custom that is difficult for Kitsune to understand. So it may also be for the readers of fantasy who are not well-versed in reading poetry. Yet, readers should neither ignore nor underestimate these lines. The simple words are beautiful, as the poem that Yoshifuji writes on the surface of a fan his wife left behind: "The spider's web can catch the moonlight, / but cannot keep it."
The poetry is an intricate part of the novel, not only for its beauty but also for its importance within the story. Yet, it is not only the poetry within the novel that keeps the reader entranced, but the poetry of the novel.Read more ›
The Fox Woman is about love, poetry, and what it means to be human, even if told in part from a magical fox's point of view... or, perhaps, especially so. It is the story of a young fox who falls in love with a man in Eleventh-Century Japan, and then her triumphs and troubles when she desires to become a woman. It is also about a man, spurned from Imperial Court, who must learn what it means to be a man; and his wife, who probably learns the most during the course of the novel.
Johnson's use of language is masterful; her words (though the same ones you and I use) are magic, profoundly moving the reader while evoking a rich and exotic environment.
A must-read! You won't be disappointed. Oh, and the presentation is just gorgeous, too (nice cover, good use of calligraphy) -- a great gift.
Kij gives us the best of literary fiction without the self-indulgent drivel, and the best of fantasy without inflicting upon us the constant repetition that is the staple of lesser authors.
Set in a fantastical medieval Japan, The Fox Woman tells a tale of self-transformation, of dream-chasing, of love both romantic and unconditional, of falls from grace and redemption, of sacrifice, and above all of human emotion and interaction, on a level that hits us deep in the gut and makes us shout, "Yes! I know that feeling!"
Although a fantasy, few stories are more true or more real than this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent story and I am sorry to give it such a low rating on Amazon, but the quality of the Kindle copy is unacceptable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by RD
Some parts of the story were difficult to follow but overall it was a good read. If you know much about Japanese culture- especially during this period- you are probably aware that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cricket2050
I would have to say that this is my favorite book of all time. Absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking.Published 13 months ago by Caia Cruce
Two young foxes watch an semi-abandoned country house.
His Lordship fails at the capital and retires to said country house. Read more
A metaphor for marriages, told in three viewpoints: The passionate but aimless husband, the repressed but perfect wife, and the fox who wants to become a human so that she can... Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Cat Hellisen
"The Fox Women" by Kij Johnson has earned varying reviews from dislike towards the novel to absolute adoration. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Gemini
*Sigh* I wanted to love this book, I wanted to be enamored and entrapped within its pages and not want to let go. I was sadly not any of those. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by LunaMoth
I have recently finished The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson and I have fallen in love with the story. It is a beautiful romance filled with magic and mystery. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by Shelby Berti
Excellent, excellent writing. Brings to mind the Tales of Genji, especially the scenes with ladies-in-waiting and servants. Her writings of nature are masterful.... Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by dottie newbie