What starts fun, however, soon becomes abysmal. Our guts are wrenched as as we discover, along with Fox 8, that his home has been destroyed by man. Fox 8’s utter incomprehension is just as tragic, if not worse than, say, the heartbreaking moment in “Bambi’”when the poor deer’s mother is shot. Things only get worse for Fox 8, as he discovers more human abuse, deals with harsh hunger, and searches for a new place to call home.
Thankfully things wrap up cleanly for our endearing lead character, but its not without plenty of suffering between. While individual tastes will certainly differ, this reader felt the story could have done with less pain, and spent more time on the fun and hijinks we get to witness at the beginning of the story. That said, if the heartache tied-in is the price of admission for a tale with such a loveable main character — you can almost feel yourself reaching into the book and giving Fox 8 a hug at times — it’s well worth the cost.
“Fox 8” is available on Amazon.com as a Kindle single and downloads instantly to your desktop, Kindle eReader, smart phone or tablet. It is a steal of a read at that price, and a great introduction to one of America’s most popular current authors.
Dean Goranites publishes weekly video book reviews at unleashthis.tumblr.com, and can be reached through Twitter at unleash_this.
• WHAT: "Fox 8"
• BY: George Saunders
• GRADE: B