Fox 8 by George Saunders

Fox 8

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a darkly comic short story, a fable about the all too real impact that we humans have on the environment--now available for the first time in hardcover.Fox 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 hims...

Details Fox 8

TitleFox 8
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Animals

Reviews Fox 8

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Wendy
    Fox 8I've been wanting to read George Saunders for a long while now and I'm glad I started with this story. For a short story it says so much. I wish everyone would read this and learn from it.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Darwin8u
    The thing I liked most about Saunders' quirky fable is how innocent and honest he can be without becoming saccharine. He manages with his simple narrative and his prose ticks to walk up to the line of absurdly sentimental and overdone, but then slinks backs down.Obvious comparisons should probably be made to David Sedaris' modern bestiary: 'Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk' and Dahl's 'Fantastic Mr Fox'. Saunders's story 'Fox 8' seems to belong to that sa...
  • Benjamin
    Okay, let's get this out of the way. There are two main obstacles in the way of a reader's enjoyment of Fox 8: 1st, The fact that it's written by George Saunders, an author I personally love but who seems to draw a particularly "love it or loathe it" response from readers I know. 2nd, the riting stile, wich iz a fonetik repreesentashun of how a Fox wuld rite. As to the second part, I had no problems witht he style. Letting my eyes relax, I found ...
  • Carol Horton
    Oh, Fox 8, I wish I could talk to you.What an inventive story/POV. Fox 8 learns some painful lessons about the "Yumans" that intrigue him so. This story hit me on several levels:The idea that one of my favorite animals, a clever Fox, could learn to tall with me!The deep regret that in the name of progress, we ruin the lives of so many, without a second thought.The disgust and shame that some of our species are so heartless cruel.As a psychotherap...
  • Barry
    Initially I was surprised at how much dislike this has garnered from reviewers on Goodreads, this is a George Saunders after all, one of the hottest authors to brown-nose in 2013!But then I read the reviews and I'm not surprised at all. They are all looking for deeper hiding means, comparing the style to a million previous weird uses of language and looking for meta-meta-meta-fiction.My opinion: This is a great little tale, clearly a experiment b...
  • Dylan Perry
    This was a good follow-up to Congratulations, By the Way, further showcasing Sauders' craft, and his odd yet touching style. I won't say much about the story itself, because it works well to go in blind, though I recommend using whispersync for this one. (it'll cost ya like $5 total) The way the prose is written might distract if you read the story by itself, and yet if you listen to the auidobook alone you'll miss part of that charm. It's worth ...
  • Sanne (TheBookDutchess)
    I listened to this on Audiobook, which means I didn't have the experience of the phonetic writing.. Which probably helped with the rating because I read some parts like that in reviews and it's really, really, really annoying.
  • Jennie Palin
    Really enjoyed this as it is so unlike anything else I have read!
  • Alisa H. (worldswithinpages)
    Funny, innocent, and yet profound This book had me in tears laughing at times. The innocence and purity of animals has ever escaped me and seeing this story through the eyes of a little fox was so heartwarming. This book does pack an emotional punch though toward the end. It leaves us to question why human beings, given great gifts, are so incredibly cruel to one another and to living things in general. If you’re looking for a book unlike anyth...
  • 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...
  • Jami
    I loved this story; I listened to it on my ipod, so I can't comment on the grammar style used in the written form that seemed to bother many reviewers. This is a very short story told from the point of view of Fox 8; he's a fox who was named that way because his pack used numbers as their names. He starts out thinking that humans are smart and kind; however, do to circumstances created by humans and after witnessing an act of cruelty by humans, h...
  • Lydia
    This was such a cool short story!I listened to it this morning, which I think is a really good way to experience it. From what I can tell, a lot of the language in it is a little bit more difficult, the spelling is consistently inconsistent, because this short story features a little fox trying to learn to speak human.I really enjoyed the narrative. It's a bizarre little story and I loved that Fox 8's voice was so strange that it became recognisa...
  • Leah Polcar
    I love George Saunders. Let me get that out of the way before I review -- I may be totally biased. However, even factoring in my fan girl status, Fox 8 is an adorable little parable. It is not nearly as controversial or scathing as most of Saunders' work, but I think that works to the story's advantage. It is to the point and funny and unlike much of Saunders, doesn't leave you devastated. Fox 8 is awesome and I hope he learns Yumans aren't all b...
  • Emily
    While I haven't read George Saunders before, I truly enjoyed this short story told from the point of view of a fox, enamored with human culture. Written with phonetic spelling in the innocent, idealistic voice of this fox, I found this story truly charming and captivating, though was as disappointed as Fox 8 at human behavior.
  • Andrew Martin
    george saunders's "efficacious anti-selfishness medicines" project continues, only this time written from the POV of a fox who wonders why humans do such awful things. very weird and voicey. if this is what kindle singles are for I am all about it.
  • Chris
    For some people the intentional misspellings of this short story will get people annoyed, but it is quite a charming story of a fox and his discover of language. If you like Watership Down, you should enjoy this.
  • Sheena
    Yes, it's a bit affected and moralizing, and the fox-talk can be tiresome (and Fox 8's misspellings not all that logical), but it's an enjoyable little read. Some really funny lines, and you can't help but like the foxtagonist.
  • Rachel
    Gimmicky, but not in a bad way. A really delightful little story told from the perspective of a fox. I would like more stories narrated by foxes, please.
  • emmilina
    I laughed, I cried. Mr. Sanders never ceases to amaze me!
  • Netanella
    I've never heard of George Saunders, which isn't surprising considering I don't follow the bestseller lists, New York Times or otherwise. I was drawn to this story for its cover and title, and I originally thought it might be some sort of Japanese fox parable tale. I was very pleasantly surprised by Fox 8, the foxish narrator of our story, who's learned to speak 'Yuman' by eavesdropping on a human mother reading her children bedtime stories. Fox ...
  • Jonathan
    Love love love me some George Saunders (see my Lincoln in the Bardo review) but this one didn't quite do it for me. Saunders shows off the same wit and cleverness in this piece, as it's basically the story of a Fox writing a letter to humans to stop being complete garbage (a worthwhile message for sure) and act respectful towards one another. The Fox himself goes through quite a bit of hardship as well.I dno, it's just kind of "there", I guess? I...
  • Nikola Jankovic
    Kratka priča dobitnika prošlogodišnjeg Bookera. Nekako za 99 centi na Kindlu nisam mogao da je propustim - jeftin prvi susret sa autorom.Priča je originalna, kao basna ispričana iz prvog lica lisice, na čudnom i na početku teško razumljivom engleskom. Lisice koja je zaljubljena u ljude i želi da uveri i ostalo lisičje društvo u našu dobrotu.
  • Angela
    And now I love George Saunders.
  • Aurélie
    So comical at times (I actually laughed out loud) but also darkly serious - posing some very important questions.