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Riassunto: Kij Johnson has created an achingly beautiful love story, a fable wrapped in smoke and magic set against the fabric of ancient Japan. Johnson brings the setting lovingly to life, describing a world of formalities and customs, where the exchange of poetry is a form of conversation and everything has meaning, from the color of the silks on wears to how one may address others.
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, to rethink his plans and contemplate the next move that might return him to favor and guarantee his family's prosperity.
Kitsune is a young fox who is fascinated by the large creatures that have suddenly invaded her world. She is drawn to them and to Yoshifuji. She comes to love him and will do anything to become a human woman to be with him.
Shikujo 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 creatures 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 secret.
Magic binds them all. And in the making (and breaking) of oaths and honors, the patterns of their lives will be changed forever.
The Fox Woman is a powerful first novel, singing with lyrical prose and touching the deepest emotions. A historically accurate fantasy, it gives us a glimpse into, and an understanding of, the history that shaped the people of one of our world's greatest nations. But it is also a story about people trying to understand each other and the times they live in, people trying to see through illusions to confront the truth of who they are.
Review: In Western fairy tales, we've got the werewolf, the man who changes into a wolf. But in the East, it's the fox who does the changing, into a man--or, more often, a sensuous, seductive woman. In her skillful debut, Kij Johnson takes this classic Japanese myth (based in large part on a Royall Tyler translation of a particular story) and spins it into a luminous, lyrical tale, a tender and whisper-quiet study of love, desire, joy, and the nature of the soul.
The Fox Woman follows two families, one of foxes and another of humans. The restless Kaya no Yoshifuji fails to receive an appointment in the Emperor's court and, distracted and seemingly unfazed, decides to relocate to a rural estate to pass a pensive winter, accompanied by his wife Shikujo and son Tadamaro. But a young fox named Kitsune and her brother, mother, and grandfather have set up their den in the run-down estate, and soon the fate of both families becomes intertwined; Yoshifuji becomes bewitched by the foxes, and Kitsune in turn falls in love with him, much to the distress of all others involved, especially Shikujo.
Johnson tells her tale in measured, intimate passages, through Kitsune's diary, Yoshifuji's notebook, and Shikujo's pillow book. The rich, truthful depiction of the Heian-era setting, punctuated by exchanges of poetry and steeped in emotive descriptions of both the fox and human worlds, establishes a still, meditative, and rewarding pace. With her thoughtful ear, Johnson offers a mature and knowing first effort. --Paul Hughes
Titolo: The Fox Woman
Casa editrice: Tor Books
Data di pubblicazione: 2000
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Tor Books, 2000. Condizione libro: Fair. 1st ed. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP81466157
Descrizione libro Tor Books, 2000. Condizione libro: Good. 1st ed. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP87558476
Descrizione libro Tor Books. Hardcover. Condizione libro: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Codice libro della libreria 2763404233
Descrizione libro Tor Books, 2000. Condizione libro: Good. 1st ed. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP96196713
Descrizione libro Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Book has appearance of only minimal use. All pages are undamaged with no significant creases or tears. Codice libro della libreria G0312854293I4N00
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Descrizione libro Tor Books, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Used book with normal wear and tear and may contain writing. Stock photo may be different from actual book cover. Please feel free to contact us for additional photos or details about this item. International Customers: Items over 3 lbs may incur additional shipping charges. Codice libro della libreria mon0000840404
Descrizione libro Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, New York, NY, U.S.A., 2000. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. Book Club. Cigarette smell. Previous owner wrote her name on front endpaper. Codice libro della libreria 076994
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