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The Fox WomanAtures of the wood and especially the foxes that she knows in her heart are harbingers of danger She sees him slipping away and is determined to win him back from the wild for all that she has her own fox related secretMagic binds them all And in the making and breaking of oaths and honors the patterns of their lives will be changed foreve I picked up this book because I read one of Johnson's short stories The evolution of trickster stories among the dogs of North Park after the Change all those capitalization choices are hers – don't ask me and enjoyed it I wound up liking her longer work even better This lyrical layered mythological story won't be everyone's cup of tea but I loved it At first I found the pace so slow that it was easy to put the book down but once things got rolling there were enough delightful moments and enough originality to make it well worth the readThe narrative consists of the three main characters' diaries Kitsune the fox who becomes a woman; Kaya no Yoshifuji the perpetually dissatisfied noble; and Shikujo his too perfect wife Yoshifuji has lost his job in the capital so that his family is forced to move back to their country estate where foxes have taken to living under the old house He grows obsessed with the foxes Kitsune grows obsessed with him and his wife becomes obsessed with his obsessionThe diary format provides some excuse for the slowness and inward focus as the characters spend a lot of time mulling over their thoughts at almost every juncture The three of them sound very much alike like one person arguing three different points of view than three distinct voices One odd thing is that Kitsune's diary isn't a diary at all; in it she is speaking from the time of the story's end I kept thinking there would be some mention of this eventually but this was never justified Maybe “Foxes don't keep diaries” will just have to do Really the whole diary business felt like an artistic ploy but without it the story would turn out uite differentThe story itself an expanded version of a Japanese folktale is roomy enough to allow Johnson to play and invent Her take on magic works as well as any I've ever seen in fiction Kitsune has fallen in love with Yoshifuji and needs to be his wife Her magical means of doing this takes advantage of Yoshifuji's own needs By allowing him to see what he want to see disguising his desires as expected facts the foxes are able to fool Yoshifuji into joining their family for ten years Even though they make some entertaining mistakes like practicing calligraphy on the walls and writing horrid poetry the man buys into it The foxes fascinate him so much that he accepts their version of the human world even though it must strike him odd that for example his new wife doesn't have a nameOne detail I loved was the way the constructs the servants and other people invented as part of the magic to make it look real have the ability to come to life Not all do; unsurprisingly when the magic loses power most of its visible results fade But a few develop an existence in their own right and stay For awhile I even thought Shikujo might be a fox magic construct herselfThe theme of a civilized society interacting with the wild world really struck a chord with me The book did a fine job of exploring the nature of life in both worlds and what it means to be human


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read The Fox Woman kindle ↠ Paperback Ü dogsalonbristol ¾ [Download] ➻ The Fox Woman Author Kij Johnson – Yoshifuji is a man fascinated by foxes a man discontented and troubled by the meaning of life A misstep at court forces him to retire to his long deserted country estate toYoshifuji is a man fascinated by foxes a man discontented and troubled by the meaning of life A misstep at court forces him to retire to his long deserted country estate to rethink his plans and contemplate the next move that might return him to favor and guarantee his family's prosperityKitsune is a young fox who is fascinated by the larg Some kitsune the Japanese word for foxes have magic—can shape shift into human beings But that choice has costs as all choices do The Fox Woman weaves three diaries into a story about a kitsune who falls in love with a human First there’s the fox woman herself whose love of Yoshifuji drives her to become human She forces her family to become human with her and creates an entirely magical world in order to seduce Yoshifuji Yoshifuji’s entries describe his growing fascination with the foxes and also the frustrations of his marriage to Shikujo Shikujo is the ideal 10th century Japanese wife but that ideal means she’s rarely free to act out her own desires or to even know what those desires are Shikujo’s entries show her perfection but also how that perfection inhibits her relationships with everyoneThe Fox Woman once again reiterates why I’m so glad I was born in the 1980s Taking place in 11th century Japan the social norms for women were stifling suffocating But this is a novel about agency about how the choices we make affect us and everyone around us even if we follow the social norms Shikujo has to choose to break away from perfection to be herself to become wild while Kitsune has to shed some of her wildness and magic to find what it really means to be human She finds agency in human emotion and complexity Yoshifuji as the husband isn’t restricted in the same ways but he is also imprisoned by the social restrictions on women for he wants a wife that is his eual What kind of life is it for him if the people he loves aren’t allowed to interact with him in healthy ways This is a subtle lovely novel I recommend also reading Sei Shonagen’s The Pillow Book It’s a zuihitsu a diary in lists by an 11th century Japanese court lady and I can tell it influenced the writing of The Fox Woman as Johnson mentions in her acknowledgements It’s also a fun read

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E creatures that have suddenly invaded her world She is drawn to them and to Yoshifuji She comes The Fox PDFEPUBto love him and will do anything to become a human woman to be with himShikujo is Yoshifuji's wife ashamed of her husband yet in love with him and uncertain of her role in his world She is confused by his fascination with the cre I think this would have been a five star read had I not read Fox Magic from Johnson's short story collection first This was elegant and beautiful uiet and slow full of pain and magic I loved the themes of humanity and love At first Kitsune's point of view was my favourite but I came to really enjoy Shikujo's which I had not expected to I'm so pleased I read this and eagerly look forward to Fudoki