Fox 8 by George Saunders

Fox 8

A darkly comic short story, a fable about the all too real impact that we humans have on the environmentFox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regarded with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes. That is, until Fox 8 develops a unique skill: he teaches himself to speak "Yuman" by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listening to children's bedtime stories. The power of language fuels his abundant ...

Details Fox 8

TitleFox 8
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreFiction, Short Stories, Fantasy, Animals

Reviews Fox 8

  • Justin Tate
    OMG! It's rare for me to literally laugh out loud, but this short story had me cracking up every page--actually more like every paragraph. George Saunders' wicked way with words is never more exemplified than here, in the point of view of a fox. His glorious misspellings and hilarious societal observations are just perfect throughout. Despite being a 30-45 minute read, this one will endure with me forever.Side note: I'm an audio lover, but you ha...
  • Lisa
    Imagine a fox with such daydreaming power that he falls in love with human storytelling and learns to speak and write "human" by listening to stories read at bedtime, hiding behind a window. Imagine him setting out on an adventure that goes entirely wrong because he has based his idea of humanity on that wonderful skill of ours to tell stories, and not on real experience of our random cruelty.What would make the heartbroken fox heal? Understandin...
  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    "Yumans wud walk by and go: Hey, look, Foxes. And drop a bit of fud at us. Soon we had karmel korn, sevral parshul biskits, plus a pare so fresh it did not even stink.I woslike: This must be Fud CortFox 7 woslike: I gess."I'm CRYING!!!It seems as though George Saunders knows exactly what Sadie Hartmann loves to DEATH. I love anthropomorphic stories like WATERSHIP DOWN with the rabbit colony or Disney's Robin Hood with the cute foxes. There's some...
  • Melki
    Fox 8 has learned to speak "Yuman" by sitting outside a house at night while a lady reads to her pups. Though sometimes he takes umbrage at what she reads, particularly that one story about a sly fox that tricked a chicken . . . We do not trik Chikens! We are very open and honest with Chikens! With Chikens, we have a Super Fare Deel, which is they make the egs, we take the egs, they make more egs. Not Sly at all.Very strate forword.But now, the f...
  • Garrett Zecker
    The first work by Saunders I have ever read was his bestselling Tenth of December this past year, and I was blown away by his literary prowess, mesmerized with the word dance and structure of reality he portrays in his work. Fox 8 was a little Kindle Single impulse buy, and for 99c I could enter into a Saunderian world once more. I bit like a sly… er… you get the point.The thing about this text is that there really was nothing special about i...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    If my review doesn't make sense, it's because I'm writing this through watery eyes. WOW this book packs a PUNCH! It's absolutely brilliant in every aspect. Adorable illustrations, the view of a fox, the writing itself.. I really could go on and on.This is a tale of innocence. A fox trying to be better to find a way to supply food to his family. One single act changes him forever. The lesson here is deep and certainly socially relevant. Things I a...
  • Judith E
    There are a lot of life lessons packed in this little ditty about a fox that learns to read and speak in ‘Yuman’. As his journey takes him from his cozy fox community, to the shopping mall, and then to a new den and life, he questions why Yumans can’t be nicer. Creative, succinct, and a bit whimsical, George Saunders’ message is loud and clear. Thanks for reminding us!
  • Vivek Tejuja
    There are some books that just nestle into your heart and stay there. For me, those have been the likes of An Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami, The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Capote, and The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. You get the drift, don’t you? These are the kind of books that can be read to soothe me, when I am feeling down. I am certai...
  • Shaun
    2.5 stars because I'm not sure I liked it even though I can appreciate the creativity involved.Let mee start bi saying that wile reeding this it ocurd to mee that when yoo become famus yoo can doo no rong. Yoo can rite short storees and use fonetic speling becuz after al, yoo are famus and sum won wil always bi yoor book/storee and clame it is geneous, becuz anee thing rittin bi Jorj Sawnders is bi deefawlt brileant.Fox 8 by George Saunders is a ...
  • Claire
    Fox 8 is truly, a story of our time, and Saunders is at his absolute finest here. Fox 8 is a fable of the cruelty of humankind. In it, we are exceptional, creative, and powerful. But we are also, egotistic, selfish, unthinking, and cruel. It is a timely reminder that we are not all that inhabit this earth, and that we must engage more carefully with the world around us. Saunders writes with both humour and tenderness, constructing a story that is...
  • Tara
    I found myself more engaged with this long short story than I thought I would be. Saunders narrates as FOX 8, the name given to a real fox by his den. It's in the form of a letter or story to "Yumans." Part of the charm is the phonetic spelling throughout, because of course a fox cannot spell but has learned "werds" from listening to Yumans tell stories. Normally I hate this gimmick, but in Saunders' hands, it shines.What is at times sweet, funny...
  • Stacey
    I found this on the 'lucky day' shelf at the library. It's short so I thought why not? I'm not familiar with George Saunders, but recognize a few of the titles of his other books.This is written from Fox 8's pov. It's an animal so how can it have a pov you might ask. Saunders was very clever at giving Fox 8 a voice. It was effective and a little obnoxious, but it's a short story so I continue on. Fox 8 learns the Yuman language by peering into wi...
  • Sara
    This was a delightful and bittersweet story of a very clever fox who has managed, somewhat, to get his paws around the English language enough to write the story of his life. Once you adjust to the prose style (the fox, being a fox, spells phonetically for the most part) this really is wonderful. Fox 8 is the most precocious and adventurous fox in his tribe (hence the English learning) and when human's destroy their home and cut off the food supp...
  • Elliot de Vries
    I well and truly hated this story. Even more so because of the brief glimmer of potential insight which it ignores.To start with the uncomplicatedly awful, there is Saunders’ fox dialect. Fox 8 writes curiously like the way the teenagers in Victory Lap speak, with the addition of nonstandard spelling. Literary tics proliferate, including a particularly ugly affectation involving colons (“You are neerly all eyes, due to: super hungry.”) Saun...
  • Betsy Robinson
    This illustrated short story broke my heart. It is a plea for compassion and goodness. Thanks to my Goodreads friends for reviewing this beautiful little book and letting me know about it. Without you, my reading life would be so bland.
  • Peter Tillman
    Well, it's not bad, but the fake fox dialect gets old fast, as does the heavy-handed message. The best part was the illustrations, by Chelsea Cardinal. And it's an attractive small book. I read an almost-new library copy in about 15 minutes. With some skimming. 1.5 stars, rounded up for the cool art. OK, it really is pretty bad. Saunders has fallen into the old trap of playing in someone else's genre, and he's just not very good at it. The story ...
  • Laura Noggle
    ⁉🦊8 ... 🧐😱☠ ... 💔‼48 page fable.It took me a minute to adjust to a talking fox, I admit. Still, there's a heartfelt sentiment/moral to the story. The spelling is a bit of a hurdle, but it's atmospheric in its own way:“I know life can be gud. Most lee it is gud. I have drank cleen cold water on a hot day, herd the soft bark of the one I luv, watched sno fall slow, making the wuds kwiet.” ⁉️🦊8 ... 🧐😱☠️ ... ...
  • Erica
    This book has given me dichotomy.After reading it, I felt simultaneously delighted and irritated with the whole thing.It's written from a fox' perspective after he learns to speak "Yuman" (which to us out-westerners makes no phonetic sense because we pronounce the H in Human). The fox wants to tell the story of how he was happily living in nature with his kin until Yumans came along and kleered a forest to bild a Mawl.If that last bit of sentence...
  • Bob Wake
    According to the L.A. Times literary blog Jacket Copy, George Saunders chose to leave “Fox 8” out of his recently published collection Tenth of December because he felt it was “asking one stretch too many from the reader.” I get that. In fact, I much prefer reading the occasional Saunders story in The New Yorker rather than compiled in short story collections. His stories, artfully spun and eccentrically self-contained, can seem overly pr...
  • Ana
    “Deer Reeder:First may I say, sorry for any werds I spel rong. Because I am a fox! So don’t rite or spel perfect. But here is how I lerned to rite and spel as gud as I do!”And I woslike: Fox 8, this Yuman reeder is complete lee luvving this buk!2019 Read Harder ChallengeTask #12: A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character
  • Jessica Sullivan
    “Why did the Curator do it so rong, making the groop with the gratest skils the meenest?”Saunders has done it all, this time writing a short story from the perspective (and poor spelling) of a fox. This brief fable is a funny, sad and ultimately hopeful meditation on humans and their interactions with the natural world. I was not prepared for how touched I would be by the final pages.
  • Ron Charles
    Small but powerful. Everything about George Saunders’s new book, “Fox 8,” is unusual. It was published Tuesday in a tiny hardback edition with illustrations by Chelsea Cardinal, but it’s been available as an ebook for years, and the story first appeared in McSweeney’s back in 2010, long before Saunders won the Booker Prize for “Lincoln in the Bardo.” It’s about a fox who learns to speak “Yuman” by listening to children’s bed...
  • Peter
    I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that having been aware of George Saunders powerful reputation, comparisons with Chekhov and Tolstoy no less, that this a first for me...egged on by good vibes from the Saturday Review panel (Radio 4). This is probably not the best place to start - an anthropomorphic tale with a well worn (if not banal) message to us ‘Yumans’ (sic). It’s all been done before, particularly in ‘Watership Down’ and to a d...
  • Kusaimamekirai
    “Fox 8” is a short story by George Saunders about a fox who has taken a liking to hanging outside of windows and listening to humans talk. After doing this for a period of time, Fox 8 (himself and his friends and family are similarly named) has developed the ability to understand certain English words and developed an admiration of humans. Believing them to be wonderful creatures, he follows some to a shopping mall where he experiences someth...
  • Rachel (rachandbooks)
    “If you want your Storys to end happy, try being niser.”Oh my heart, what a sentimental story. This short story is told from the perspective of a fox, hence why the above quote includes misspelled words. It's pretty adorable. Fox 8 learns some English from listening to people tell bedtime stories, and decides to use it for good for his group. But what Fox 8 learns is terrible--they're going to be misplaced by a mall. Throughout the story, Fox...
  • Danielle N
    I have no previous experience with this author but have seen mention of a collection entitled Tenth of December. I chose this story based upon the synopsis while flipping through shorts on my Kindle. It is a small tale told through the letter of a fox named Fox 8. He is a curious fox who has ventured out and managed to pick up the Yuman language and speech. So the story telling is presented in an odd narration that includes the Fox 8's own interp...
  • Rebecca
    (3.5) Fox 8 learned human language by sitting outside windows and listening to children’s bedtime stories. Now he has a story of his own to tell, and it’s full of accusations of what humans have done to his kind, starting with destroying their habitat to build a mall and parking lot. “I woslike: Why did the Curator do it so rong, making the groop with the gratest skils the meenest?” There’s a couple of scenes here that will be hard for ...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    This short story might only take you 20 minutes or so to read, but it will definitely stay with you on a deeper level. With a timeless mythic quality, this fable digs to the core of what's wrong with the way people interact with the world today. George Saunders has this highly artistic and brilliant writing style—all of his stories are wildly different and take a little digesting. If you're reading a Saunders story, you know it. Plus, you're go...
  • Jana
    I read a snippet of this from the New Yorker (I think?) and then tracked down the full story from a library download because I had to have it now. It starts in a whimsical way, a story of a fox and the Yumans in his world. But, of course, this is George Saunders. And I always make it a rule to read whatever he wants to write. Everyone should. That is all. Don't quote me, but I think this was an original considerations for Tenth of December. I lik...
  • Mariana Ferreira
    Adorable and heart-breaking. This is a tiny book written as a letter from a fox to humanity. Saunders is so brilliant that his fox has a more distinct voice than most characters in other fiction books out there. Recommended, but sad as fuck at parts, so be warned.