Mrs fox by sarah hall
Mrs Fox by Sarah HallShe turns her head and smiles. Something is wrong with her face. The bones have been recarved. Her lips are thin and her nose is a dark blade. Teeth small and yellow. The lashes of her hazel eyes have thickened and her brows are drawn together, an expression he has never seen, a look that is almost craven.
Mrs Fox is the story of a husband who is shocked out of his complacency when his wife undergoes a remarkable transformation.
The poetic use of language, the dexterity and originality of the prose made Sarah Halls Mrs Fox utterly unique, Mariella Frostrup
Mrs Fox : Faber Stories
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Then she leans forward and in a keen, awkward position begins to run Hall's story is "loosely based on a novella called Lady into Fox by David Garnett", the author said.
Then I happened to read Mrs Fox, after rediscovering an old interview I did with Sarah Hall and was going through her bibliography and getting a copy almost immediately as it sounded like another foxy tale I had read, and was vividly reminded of why in the right hands it is sometimes the shorter a book is the more intense the experience. Mr Fox is in love with his wife, as any husband should be. However love sometimes seems to almost go to the level of obsession as he ponders the woman who is his and yet remains somewhat distance and unattainable because there is an air of mystery and the unknown about her no matter how intimate they are. Their life is a contained, comfortable and routine one, though like all the best stories we know that a change is coming, quite literally, to the Fox household and routine will soon be a thing of the past. He wears nothing to sleep in; neither does his wife, but she has showered, her hair is damp, darkened to wheat.
What can be decided in a few moments that will not be questioned for a lifetime? The Faber Stories collection as a whole is dazzling and mind boggling, with many fabulous short stories by an array of masters in the field. Each story given a beautifully constructed new cover design and given the honour of being produced in its own small sized paperback. Down the path he walks, holding his fox. Her brightness escapes the coat at both ends; it is like trying to wrap fire. It is a tale of metamorphism, both physically and mentally — and brings to mind the great Steppenwolf by Hermann Hess we also reviewed The Folio Society Edition here.