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A husband and wife venture outdoors for a walk in the Oxfordshire woodlands when the woman is suddenly, unaccountably, and irrevocably transformed into a fox. This simply told modern folktale offers a moving portrait of a man's devotion and a woman's struggle to maintain her humanity. Written in 1922 by a member of the Bloomsbury group, the tale features a strange but memoA husband and wife venture outdoors for a walk in the Oxfordshire woodlands when the woman is suddenly, unaccountably, and irrevocably transformed into a fox. This simply told modern folktale offers a moving portrait of a man's devotion and a woman's struggle to maintain her humanity. Written in 1922 by a member of the Bloomsbury group, the tale features a strange but memorable combination of humor, fantasy, allegory, and realism in addition to enchanting woodcut illustrations....

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Lady into Fox Reviews

  • Paul
    2018-11-05 16:45

    A very odd little novella. It was written by David Garnett, part of the Bloomsbury scene as a result of his affair with Duncan Grant. It was written in 1922 after they had broken up and was dedicated to Grant. It won the James Tait Black prize and the Hawthornden prize. The woodcuts in the original were by Garnett’s then wife Rachel. Later in life Garnett married Angelica Bell, daughter of Vanessa Bell. The story is a simple one; a fable or fairy tale. Richard Tebricks marries Silvia Fox and they are happy. One day whilst walking in the woods Mrs Tebricks turns into a fox. After the initial shock (on both sides!) Mr Tebricks continues to look after and care for his wife. He dismisses the servants and shoots the dogs and devotes his time to his wife. Initially little changes, his wife eats the same things, plays cards; he dresses her in altered clothes and it’s all very odd. Imperceptibly things begin to change. Mrs Tebricks becomes less comfortable with clothing, chases the ducks near the pond, her eating habits begin to change and she begins to look at their pet dove in a hungry way. All of these changes grieve Mr Tebricks who does not comprehend the growing desire to be wild, but he adapts. As time goes on, nature takes its course and the fox becomes feral and leaves the home. Mr Tebricks descends into depression, curses God and his fate and searches the countryside for his wife. His wife turns up at the door one day and leads him to an earth where she has cubs. He finds a new lease of life playing with the cubs for some months; despite inevitable jealousy about his wife having found a dog fox. Some time is also spent avoiding the local hunts and the ending is inevitable and tragic. The novella was written only seven years after Kafka’s Metamorphosis. It lends itself to many interpretations. It could be a paean to the enduring power of love; a fable with the moral being that if you love someone you must set them free; a controlled and rather straightjacketed masculinity trying to cope with a wilder untamed femininity; a tale about how convention can restrict and constrain; a warning about how relationships are never static and subject to change in one of the parties that might mean their destruction; don’t hold onto something when you know it is over. And so on. It may, of course, also be reflection on Garnett’s relationship with Duncan Grant.

  • Weinz
    2018-10-24 15:50

    Only the son of that dirty whore Constance Garnett could write a book so good yet so wrong at the same time. Its allegorical message was, at times, telling my own story. I felt as though he knew women. The more I read the more I felt connected to everything he was saying. He knew. He knew women and he had it right. I started envying the relationship he must have with his wife. He knew. Not only was he describing every relationship I have ever had with men but he knew what it felt like to be me in those relationships. It was oddly liberating and analytical at the same time. And then came the ending. That damn damn ending that turned it all around and made me realize that not only did he NOT understand women but his view of gender roles was so opposite of my own and societies that it left me feeling like I wanted to bring Mr. Garnett back from the dead and teach him a thing or two about gender roles and social mores. He wasn't at all the understanding partner striving for equality. He didn't get it at all. He DID NOT KNOW. He was the tyrannical bastard sitting upon his high horse holding a gun and telling all the poor weak innocent naive women who didn't know better what to do. I felt fooled and betrayed. Which again made me realize how brilliant this book was. Damn you, David. ...And your fucking mom too.

  • Lynne King
    2018-11-01 09:50

    His vixen had at once sprung into Mr Tebrick’s arms, and before he could turn back the hounds were upon them, and had pulled them down. Then at that moment there was a scream of despair heard by all the field that had come up, which they declared afterwards was more like a woman’s voice than a man’s. But there was no clear proof whether it was Mr Tebrick or his wife who had suddenly regained her voice. When the huntsman who had leapt the wall got to them and had whipped off the hounds, Mr Tebrick had been terribly mauled and was bleeding from twenty wounds...As soon as I saw Paul’s review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show..., I knew that I had to read this book. Why you may ask? Well I am an avid Bloomsbury Group lover and have been for over two decades. We are dealing with a group of individuals here who were quite unique to our life on earth, be it as novelists, painters, economists, etc. They had it all – they were avant-garde; the forerunners of our modern society today! These individuals were dreamers, romantics, they lived for the present, they saw a world that they could change and they did try. The paintings of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant continue to this effect, as do the literary works of Virginia Wolf, Lytton Strachey, the economist Maynard Keynes and the outsiders in the group such as Aldous Huxley. A world that I wish I could have been a part of. A truly golden era and one that I’m so proud that I stumbled across through a rather erudite friend. He didn’t think that I would take to all of these works but I did indeed like a duck to water. I have read so many biographies on these iconic and yet mesmerizing individuals. Never to be forgotten in fact. They lived for their beliefs, be it as conscientious objectors after the First World War but also they created a remarkable, invigorating presence that lives on today.As for this work. Well how does one interpret it? It is dedicated to David Garnett’s former lover Duncan Grant who had shared a house with Vanessa Bell for many years, in fact until her death. She knew Duncan’s sexual inclinations, was prepared to put up with it, she even had a child by him called Angelica, who subsequently married David (Bunny) Garnett. Duncan Grant being the father. All very convoluted I must confess but it appeared to suit them. The value of love has different levels with certain individuals and Vanessa was known as the mother figure, very wise and with a sister, Virginia, who had a very nervous disposition. They all got on very well indeed!I really cannot imagine why Bunny dedicated this book to Duncan. It was a very strange relationship. Bunny was heterosexual but felt sorry for Duncan and so went along with his sexual proclivities. He was also really taken with Vanessa too, even though she was older than him and so it was a rather strange relationship but everyone was (apparently) quite happy to participate in it. It was the norm for them. The love that Vanessa had for Duncan never disappeared until her death and she was prepared to put up with his infidelities. The fact that Bunny married Angelia when he prophesized many years before that he would marry her at twenty rather unnerved me, I must confess.As for the book I believe it is a tribute not only to Duncan but also to Bunny’s life with Vanessa, and latterly Angelica.The plot - Richard Tebrick had married Silvia (née Fox – bizarre) in 1879. They were recently married and all was well and then one day she was transformed into a fox in front of his eyes. Imagine that! What a shock. He cared for her as a loving husband even while she slowly transformed into a fox of the wild, eventually giving birth to five foxes in her earth and Mr Tebrick more or less adopted them even though he had met the male fox. Now that to me is true love. His favourite fox was Angelica (his future wife) and life continued in this rather odd vein. All the neighbours thought that he was quite mad as he had withdrawn so much from society.A beautiful book which resonates within one’s soul.As an added note, my delicious little hardback is a sixth impression published in 1923, after the first publication in October 1922. It makes one wonder how many copies were in each print-run? The wood engravings by R. A. Garnett are an added bonus but the true beauty of this book is that handwritten note on the frontispiece with L.M.H. which I understand stands for Lady Margaret Hall, one of the Oxford colleges. It seemed right to read that, I don’t know why! A true social document.These old books have such a sense of age about them…

  • J.
    2018-11-10 16:05

    Strikingly short, clear as clear water, and none of the above, all at once. Garnett's book conjures old-style fairy tales or bedtime stories, where simple elements resonate, and even the inevitable outcome is also a little confounding, a little mysterious.Short version, 1922, English dude's wife turns into a fox one day, flips him right out. In the tradition of the truly chilling ghost story, however, we're not done there. Somehow we're kept in a kind of trance, along with the protagonist, who just cannot fathom what he's going to do about this soul-shattering development. But as with everything else in life as we know it, little things accompany big things, night follows day, and no crying over spilled milk. We as readers are led into the surreal assurance that a logical investigation, an explanation, will only naturally follow, and it never does. One night long into the predicament of his wife having changed, the narrator dreams that she is a human woman once again. But the price of this return is incalculable : After an hour or two the procession of confused and jumbled images which first assailed him passed away and subsided into one clear and powerful dream. His wife was with him in her own proper shape, walking as they had been on that fatal day before her transformation. Yet she was changed too, for in her face there were visible tokens of unhappiness, her face swollen with crying, pale and downcast, her hair hanging in disorder, her damp hands wringing a small handkerchief into a ball, her whole body shaken with sobs, and an air of long neglect about her person. Between her sobs, she was confessing to him some crime she had committed but he did not catch the broken words, nor did he wish to hear them, for he was dulled by his sorrow.. That the story is an allegory of anything in particular, the author disputes; that it may touch chords of fidelity and abandonment-- he will allow. Where the reader is led, on this obvious/ unsettling trail, is down the same paths as other deeply-sorrowful torch songs in literature: of Tam-Lin, whose true love must hold him fast as the witches transform him into beast, serpent and flame; of Kwaidan, where the faint touch of fingertips from the next world is always present; and of Poe's Annabel Lee, whose dark seaside spirits infuse their author with infinite, rueful sadness ... One of the simplest, saddest things I've ever read.

  • Wastrel
    2018-11-11 14:42

    It’s hard to say too much about Lady into Fox – it’s a short novella, and very simple. Indeed, I didn’t really feel that I was reading the work of an author – more just hearing an articulate, literate man tell me a story. The prose isn’t always polished – and is speckled with little oddities from the common speech of the era – and the story is straightforward and unadorned. Put bluntly, it’s about an English gentleman whose wife one day turns into a fox, and the difficulties that are posed by this unexpected turn of events.That’s a potentially rich – incredibly rich – scenario for a story, and there were many ways the story could have gone. Garnett for the most part chose the most obvious and the least memorable path. But that’s not necessarily a criticism. I was expecting a story that perhaps leant more heavily into social satire, or brought out the comic absurdities more greatly – I suppose I was thinking of how this might go if the story were by Saki, or indeed by Cabell, whose almost exactly contemporaneous own novel, Jurgen, I’ve only just read.And indeed, there is satire here, and there is absurdity, and wit. But for the most part, Garnett focuses on the pathos, and he does it through precise, transparent realism, avoiding excesses of style or content that might distract from the basic humanity at the core of his story. His style is casual, in the formal manner in which an English gentleman of the era might be casual, and despite the strikingly modern moment of surrealism at the story’s core (Lady into Fox was published only a few years after Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” was published, and long before it became famous), his approach is largely conservative. The fantasy, like most earlier but little later fantasy, is shrouded in a dislocating frame, in this case the conventional, by then perhaps even traditional, Victorian ghost story declaimer, an entire page spent stressing how the author has heard this from unimpeachable sources and is otherwise a skeptical man not prone to believing fanciful stories etc etc. This frame is made a little more personal by the fact that the author does not overtly divide himself from the narrator, happy even to identify himself by name at one point. There’s something of a newspaperman’s approach here, a plainspoken verity that has no time for artistic airs and pretences. I wonder whether even that title, the oddly curt ‘Lady into Fox’, may be intended to suggest the clipped headline of a newspaper report or magazine article.Yet despite the pretence of unpretentiousness, Lady into Fox is a piece of art, and not only because of the implausible central conceit, that of a lady transformed into a fox – and not, Garnett take pains to stress, in a believable, piece-by-piece, drawn-out, organic manner, but in a flash, as a fait accompli, the way that Gregor Samsa simply wakes up one morning to discover himself the victim of a metamorphosis. No, the true metamorphosis here is the way that what is presented as a story is really a political position paper.Of course, all stories are symbolic, particularly those involving elements of fantasy. “The Metamorphosis” is symbolic. But Lady into Fox is symbolic in a much more all-encompassing, more honest, way. It is, quite plainly, a fable, and there is no doubt here that we are to consider what may be the Moral of the Tale. It is perhaps precisely because of the author’s political intent that he so eschews overt manipulations and authorial cadenzas: he is trying to show us the case as it is, matters as they are, to point us to a conclusion – for all that he is doing so through symbols and analogy. Anything that instead called attention to the work as a work of art, or worse as a work of craft, would detract from its objective.But it’s not quite so simple. On the surface, Lady into Fox is a direct analogy for......the rest of the review you can read on my blog.Short version? It's a small and simple, but very attractive little fable that undisguisedly, but lightly, presents the Bloomsbury worldview, but in a way that relies on the strength of the story itself, rather than distracting from it. It's too slight to really consider a masterpiece, and it's a little roughhewn around the edges (Garnett is an articulate and literate writer, but not an exceptional stylist), but it's a beautiful book that is well worth the hour or two required to read it. [This edition bears original illustrations by the author's wife - these are pretty, but inessential]

  • Greg
    2018-10-27 17:03

    Magical and sad. Great wood-cuts illustrate the story throughout. Yay foxes!!

  • Netta
    2018-10-20 13:40

    מקסים, עצוב, מעורר מחשבה.

  • Isa Lavinia
    2018-11-14 09:42

    David Garnett: Picture this, a lady... turns into a fox! Isn't that the wildest thing you've ever read?!Me: *having read his bio and knowing he was sleeping with a married man, decided to be present at the birth of that man's daughter, jokingly wrote to a friend, "I think of marrying it. When she is 20, I shall be 46 – will it be scandalous?", and later on actually married her*: Not really...

  • Siv30
    2018-10-24 09:50

    סיפור זוגיותם של הזוג טבריק שהאישה סילביה, עוברת טרנספורמציה לשועלה. הבעל,ריצרד, שאוהב את אישתו עד אין קץ, מקבל את הטרנספורמציה ולא משחרר את אישתו, מחזיק בה ומאבד את שפיותו עד הסוף הטראגי של הסיפור.באחרית הדבר לספר מאת פליסיה שרון, כותבת האחרונה כי הספר הוא משל למערכת היחסים של הזוג בהם האישה בוגדת בבעלה ונוטשת אותו למען גבר אחר עימו היא מביאה ילדים. אישית אני פירשתי את הספר כסיפור אובדן שפיותו של מר טבריק עקב עזיבתה של אישתו. הוא ממציא לו אישה בדיונית שהפכה לאישה ומשקיע בה את חייו ומאוויוו עד שהוא מתרחק מבני אדם ומאבד את שפיותו.בהזיותיו הוא מהלך על הגבול שבין בדיה למציאות ומנסה להשלים עם המציאות שנכפתה עליו. הניסיון הזה מחולל גם בו טרנספורמציה שאותה הקורא חווה כסידרת אירועים מטרידים במציאות של טבריק.אישית אני פחות אוהבת סיפורי משלים שבהם אני צריכה לפענח את המציאות של הגיבורים במיוחד כשאחד מהם עובר טרנספורמציה לחיה.

  • Rand
    2018-10-31 08:38

    A lovely set of symbols that is perhaps best enjoyed at face-value.There's a certain elusive quality here which manages to pull the reader in many directions in turn: wonder, tragedy, farce, tedium, contentment. Also a testament that great books, having been unjustly buried, are still able to enthrall new generations of readers. I read the McSweeney's edition edited by Paul Collins and was pleased to find that another publisher has more recently chosen to reprint this one. (The more recent cover art is viewable at Vulpes Libris).

  • Miriam
    2018-10-23 08:46

    "Here we have something very different. A grown lady is changed straightway into a fox. There is no explaining that away by natural philosophy. The materialism of our age will not help us here."

  • Andrea
    2018-10-22 09:58

    David Garnett's debut novel about a woman who turns into a fox and her husband's troubles in dealing with her transformation. The dialogue that the husband has about how to deal with this is meant to mirror that of the people dealing with loved ones who were traumatized and changed by WWII.

  • Alan
    2018-11-13 10:55

    short novella about a woman who turns into a fox, and her husband's attempts to keep her safe (he shoots dogs and buries them, chases after foxhunts etc.) and treat her like his wife as far as he can (dresses her at first for example, buys her grapes), but nature takes over. Well written, to the point, very nice woodcut illustrations. Odd, memorable.

  • Leah
    2018-11-04 13:07

    What an odd book. This short read is the third tome in the Collins Library. The gist of the story is that a woman (who detests fox hunting for its cruelty) one day mysteriously turns into a fox. For awhile she seems to retain her human knowledge and interests, but as time passes she becomes more animal-like. Her devoted husband hides and protects her, growing to think of her only as his wife, species aside. The story is rich with metaphor, although it's sometimes hard to detect exactly what the moral is supposed to be. It mostly centers around the little fact Collins points out in his introduction, that "sometimes a person changes, and we are powerless to stop it." The main character, then, seems like a woman who longs for the freedom to act outside of the traditional limits of her time. As she changes her husband remains devoted to her, but he is always trying to get her to behave, act more like a lady, and remain within his safely set boundaries. He eventually lets her go to escape into the wild and raise a family. However, after some time they are reunited and he spends much time with her pups in the forest. He grows to accept her as she is and loves her all the more for it. But then, the end. She is attacked by a party of fox hunting dogs and dies in her husband's arms. What is that supposed to mean? That failure to comply with society's standards will get one killed? That no matter what one does in life everyone meets the same fate? That the world is a cruel place, regardless of what one's friends and family do? That even though the woman's husband loved her, in trying to protect and shelter her he quickened her demise? Or is it simply an end to a story, with no inherent meaning other than to move the plot along... breaking the reader's hearts along the way? It can be interpreted in more ways than I care to write, but perhaps that's what makes it great. After all, the meaning in literature is mostly derived from its readers. Whatever you bring to a book shapes what you will find. In the words of Emerson, "What can we see, read, acquire, but ourselves. Take the book, my friend, and read your eyes out, you will never find there what I find."

  • Abbey
    2018-11-05 12:47

    BOTTOM LINE: Whimsical, slow-moving old-fashioned creepy story that I might enjoy at another time. This was another of those classic ScienceFiction/Fantasy novels/stories that I hadn't yet read but was highly looking forward to. Written in 1922, it's considered to be an extremely famous/special story in the history of SFF writing, and I'm currently attempting to fill in a few of the gaps in my reading history. There are very few true "classics!" of the genre that I haven't read, actually, so opening up one is always a bit of a treat, even if it doesn't really work out for me, as in this case. The title tells almost the entire story - a sweet young thing, newly married, living in an isolated cottage with her adoring husband in the late 1800s one day suddenly turns into a fox. The complications that ensue are at first fairly pragmatic and understandable, and watching her slowly change her internal nature to conform with her new outer body is an interesting process, as is the increasing despair of her loving husband and then his frustration as well. It's my understanding that further along in the story than I was able to go, the plot becomes even more peculiar, and raises more and more interesting metaphysical and emotional issues, but I, frankly, became bored half-way through, finally giving up without finishing. I simply didn't care what happened to the lady or her long-suffering, pedantic and wuss-y husband, alas. Usually this sort of wry fable is one of my favorites and, as much of my reading is usually from this period (1920s) the style of writing (slow, meandering) usually doesn't bother me - I often enjoy that sort of thing. In this case, however, it just didn't "work" for me. Your mileage may differ...

  • Lee Broderick
    2018-10-28 13:51

    It is, perhaps, easy to see Lady into Fox simply as a modern day fairytale. A whimsical fantasy from the early twentieth century. To do so though, would be to ignore the praise and attention that the tale won on its publication and since. A simple fairytale, surely, would not win the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. In fact, David Garnett uses humour, fantasy, allegory and realism to explore pain, passion, conjugal fidelity, love, death and, as Douglas Adams once famously wrote, 'everything'. No small achievement in a novella of fewer than one hundred pages.Beautifully illustrated with woodcuts, Virginia Woolf's nephew charts the experiences and emotions of a man whose wife is not lost but changed, both suddenly and gradually. Those experiences are harrowing and the story is by no means a cheery one. It is, however, one well worth reading.

  • Emily
    2018-11-16 08:58

    Deceptively simple, beautiful. I didn't realize how much it affected me until I told my spouse the plot and started crying. Found this in one of the many wonderful bookshops in St. Andrews. I'm trying to think of a way to put this on a syllabus soon. It could pair well Ovid's _Metamorphosis_ or Swift's _Gulliver's Travels_ with Coetzee's _Lives of Animals_. NB: I read the Hesperus edition with John Burnside's forward, which has a much prettier cover than what I'm seeing now on Goodreads.

  • Adam
    2018-11-12 13:58

    David Garnett’s 1922 novella is modern folktale, rich in sentiment and in prose style, and always highly readable. This is a strange but simple-told story about a newly married man whose wife suddenly and inexplicable transforms into a fox, and about the long period of heartbreak he experiences in accepting this change and giving her up to the wild. It is a surprisingly touching story and a fine book for reading aloud.

  • Aglaja
    2018-10-20 11:38

    TOP-Buch, super geschrieben und zum Nachdenken / Spekulieren anregend: Was bedeutet die Verwandlung der Frau in einen Fuchs? Wofür steht der Fuchs? Und der Ehemann? Geht es nur um die Frauen, oder hat es auch ein autobiographisches Anliegen des Autors? Hierzu wichtig: er gehörte der Bloomsbury Gruppe, wie Virginia Woolf.

  • Sara
    2018-11-13 13:43

    What a charming, terrible, and peculiar little book this is. Published in 1922, Lady into Fox feels like a parable or fairy tale, and not a Disney-fied fairy tale but a traditional fairy tale, where gruesome things happen and peril is real. And author, David Garnett, is clearly conveying allegorical or subtextual meaning to his readers. The novella begins as Mr. and Mrs. Tebrick, young newlyweds are out for a walk, when suddenly and mysteriously Mrs. Tebrick turns into a fox. The entire plot essentially concerns Mr. Tebrick coming to terms with the changes this wreaks upon his wife and their relationship. At first she seems to remember herself as a human; eating human food, playing cards, sleeping in her bed. But slowly, Mrs. Tebrick behaves more like the wild fox she appears to be, and Mr. Tebrick must contend with her desire for freedom at the cost of safety. (It’s worth noting the novel takes place in the English countryside, where fox hunting is a thing.) He attempts to keep her indoors. He even shoots his own dogs so that they won’t harm his vixen, as he calls her. But the more of a fox she becomes internally, the more oppressive this protection is for Silvia Tebrick, finally culminating in her escape from her former home and into the countryside, where Mr. Tebrick must reinvent (or choose not to reinvent) his relationship with her as a wild creature.We follow Mr. Tebrick’s grief and soul-searching as he struggles to accept (or to not accept) each new change affecting his wife. I feel like I’d be a poor sport to include spoilers, because I enjoyed reading this so much myself having little clue where it would end up. I will only add that, as slim a volume as Lady into Fox is, it contains considerable psychological depth and emotional potency. It’s more than worth the light time investment required to read it. And the woodcut illustrations are cool.

  • Peter Stone
    2018-11-09 13:44

    This is an extraordinary book written in 1922. It is a very short novel but unlike anything else I've ever read. It's about a happily married young couple who only disagree about one thing, fox hunting. One day the wife refuses to get involved any further, she sits down - and turns into a fox. What happens next is heart-warming, ridiculous, sad, crazy, improbable and - eventually - startling. It won't take you long to read.

  • Conny
    2018-11-12 14:45

    Ein kleines, feines Buch das davon erzählt, wie sich eine Dame beim Spaziergang mit ihrem Mann plötzlich in eine Fähe verwandelt. Zunächst verhält sie sich, obwohl in diesem fremden Körper gefangen, immer noch ganz so wie zu menschlichen Zeiten. Nach und nach nehmen aber die füchsischen Züge auch in ihrem Charakter Überhand. Es ist eine schöne und zugleich traurige Geschichte. Da sie bereits 1922 erschienen ist, kann sie wohl als Parabel gesehen werden: Die Frau befreit sich aus der Abhängigkeit vom Mann. Wie auch immer man die Geschichte interpretieren mag, das Lesen lohnt sich auf jeden Fall.

  • Michael Bohli
    2018-11-02 13:58

    Märchenhaft, romantisch und naturalistisch - der erste Roman von David Garnett ist eine kurze Fabel und hat auch fast 100 Jahre nach seiner Entstehung nichts von der Wirkung verloren. "Dame zu Fuchs" lässt uns ohne grosse Umschweife in ein kurzes Abenteuer eintreten, in dem der Autor mit Hilfe einer schier kafkaesken Verwandlung das Zusammenspiel von Mensch und Umwelt genauer betrachtet.Wenn die Frau von Herr Tebrick sich nämlich urplötzlich in eine Fähe verwandelt, ist dies nicht der Beginn einer Suche nach dem Wieso, sondern ein Auftakt zu einem Tanz zwischen Mann und immer stärker wirkenden Natur. Woran hält man fest, was haben wir mit unserer Lebensweise verloren und wo greifen wir zu zerstörerisch in unserem Umwelt ein?Garnett beschreibt mit lockerer Sprache amüsante und nachdenkliche Szenen, die "Dame zu Fuchs" zu einem lohnenswerten und kurzen Zwischenstück machen. Wer sich schon immer gerne etwas in etwas träumerischen Geschichten verlor, der findet hier ein passendes Buch. Und nach der Lektüre hat man fast das Gefühl, dass hinter diesen wenigen Seiten noch eine viel längere und grössere Sage lauern könnte.

  • Josiah
    2018-11-02 13:54

    [Partway into Brideshead Revisted, the narrator is in Sebastian's room waiting for him and finds this book and reads it while he waits. Although I like to follow references like this one, in Lady the main character read Clarissa (Samuel Richardson) to the Fox, but that might be a little heavy right now.:]I am personally rather a fan of allegory. There is little dialog; everything is dependent on the narrator, who has, he tells us, sorted out the truth from "all floating rumor and village gossip." He describes the transformation of a man who proceeds in steps from happy newlywed to madman, after the transformation of his wife into a fox. Given this premise, the plot plays out within its own logic, with the narrator allowing his readers to make their own conclusions as the story progresses. The ending came jarringly swift, but still managed to be appropriate.Given that I love a good allegory, this sort of dialogueless style, and the strength of the narrative, I am quite pleased that I stumbled across this one.

  • Bettie☯
    2018-10-27 13:00

    [image error]Re-read details - yay! one of my favorite magical-realism stories has been made over by my favorite medium, BBC. The details:Mr Tebrick is surprised by his wife Silvia's new habits after her sudden transformation into a vixen. Read by Ben Broadcast on:BBC Radio 7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/...-----------Opening line:Wonderful or supernatural events are not so uncommon, rather they are irregular in their incidence.

  • Hol
    2018-11-08 14:54

    Bizarre little gem from 1923 about a genteel woman who, abruptly and without warning, one day turns into a fox. Reading it was like witnessing someone else's dream: I felt I lacked the ability to interpret the imagery. Wild, in both senses of the word.

  • Mari
    2018-11-07 15:05

    incredible. unlike anything i've ever read, an absolutely perfect look at physicality, love, and the changing of both.

  • Lily
    2018-11-09 11:38

    Fabulously starched collar fairy tale about the wild sovereignty of the feminine as it eludes the rational linearity of the masculine, and the transformational power of love.

  • Sus
    2018-10-27 16:41

    What a profoundly odd little book. I'm still trying to decide whether or not I'm impressed by it.

  • Joseph
    2018-11-18 08:56

    Guy meets girl.Girl turns into fox.Guy loves fox.Fox meets male-fox.Guy finds fox family.Guy depressed.The end.