Ers for what is reality in context of literature I m just making an observation about the novel and where there seems to be room for improvementThat all being said the way this novel ties everything up in the end is ingenious I did enjoyed reading it even if it was a bit predicatble at times It deserves four starts easily both for its satisfying ending and the uniue beauty of its writing It was well worth staying up late TO FINISH READING IT AS A finish reading it As a to sleep I had a sensation there if turned the other way uickly enough I would find that a friendly fox was looking at me There is magic to be found in this novel The poetry of this novel is superb I really enjoyed Larissa Lai s uniue vocabulary She uses words or phrases in unexpected combinations and I love that I sometimes felt I could reach out and touch her descriptions the eroded hills have drunk all but the last drops of blue from the sky I also appreciate her in your face presentation of difficult issues such as violence and war race and discrimination sexual preferences feminism cultural s and interpersonal relationships The story is told from the perspective of three characters a poetess from ancient China a young college woman from modern Canada
And A Mythical Mischievous a mythical mischievous that crosses generations The revolving viewpoint allows the reader to intimately examine these tough uestions so often tied to our personal identity With that said Lai does not resolve these issues for you As a matter of fact the narrative ends rather abruptly with little resolution I did find that a little frustrating or uncomfortable but I do believe this was the intent of the author Have we resolved these problems in our society in our personal lives Do our lives build to an omniscient climax with a neat warm fuzzy wrap up No This novel won t either but it will make you think The subject matter was interesting and I loved the Fox Spirit Mythology but felt the character development of the 9th century Poetess was very incomplete Most of the story revolves around Artemis the young student living in Vancouver She is not particularity likeable but I believe it was the author s intention to portray her this way Her experiences are very typical of people in their early twenties in that era living on their own for the first time I personally would have liked details about the 9th century Poetess s life I also felt somewhat unsatisfied with the ending All that being said it IS a novel that leaves an impression and has you thinking about it even when not reading it I got through the whole thing somehow I m really interested in the mythology surrounding foxes becoming human It s an interesting concept to me So when I picked up this book I was expecting the main character to be a fox Not so the main character title gets split between three characters one fox and two different people in time he has tricked and troubled The Poetess the character from the past whose body the fox eventually stole was interesting until she went crazy and her sections of the novel degenerated into meaningless poetic language of course that s what happens when a poet goes mad right The main character who I believe gets the mo Short version I don t now why this isn t considered a classic lesbian novel It deserves way attention Long version Fifty pages into this book I was enjoying it There are three different time periods in the book signposted by beautiful visual prints of a fox a lantern a book The fox signifies the titular anim A rich engrossing read Although I sometimes struggled to follow all of the connections between characters I loved the storytelling style I really enjoy stories that tie folklore into the protagonists lives in this way and it is fabulous to see a story like this that is so full of ueer women I came across this book whilst on a magic realism expedition I d never heard of it before nor of Lai so you can imagine my sheer surprise when this book ticked so many boxes for me Mythology storytelling shapeshifting through the ages re storytelling women who love women I devoured this book on the first read and I new I had rushed through it not letting the story and characters fully consume me I read it in a second dedicated reading a couple of months later The book consumed me it was all I could think about I took the characters with me and wove them into my own imaginative pursuits The story became me in part It was no surprise that after the climactic ending I was breathless that this book was no What a find and an unexpected gem of a find the best read I ve come across in years Thank you Larissa La. Se the myth of the Fox a figure who can inhibit women’s bodies in order to cause mischief Her potent imagination and considerable verbal skill result in a tale that continues to haunt long after the story is toldFirst published to wide acclaim in 1995 and out of print since 2001 this new edition.
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*there can be many views of the same event that two lovers can feel betrayed at the same time *can be many views of the same event that two lovers can feel betrayed at the same time by the same action they both interpret and cannot help themselves in their own wayAs I said only one of these three distinct voices belong to a woman living in our place and time Artemis is a young student of Chinese origin trying to find her place in Canada Both of her adoptive parents are white which probably makes her feel a bit out of place for she is not exactly native and not exactly an for she is not exactly native and not exactly an Perhaps this is to strengthen her connection with the Fox and the Poetess to show that Artemis isn t completely rooted in this material world that her soul is so old that the modern world is a challenge for Artemis Is Artemis meant to be a mystery or did the author had so much going on that she didn t manage to eleborate on everything I can t tell for sure Artemis name reveals something of her character but she is hard to understand For most of the novel she is fairly passive and I must admit that made me feel frustrated at times I now that Artemis is not meant to come off as a mortal vertical I don t have a problem with having a protagonist who isn t exactly a saint but what bothered me is that she somehow doesn t seem to be developing as a character Only seen through fox s eyes she seems to come completely alive That mystical aspect of the novels adds a new dimension to Artemis but I think that there was space for her character development There were moments when Artemis relationships with other women seemed to cast a revealing light not just onto her but on women she was with but for most part it didn t feel uite enough I felt like something was missing but I have hard time defining just what Let s get back to the novel and the actual story that gets shaped by these three narrations All these love stories told are tales of lesbian relationships There is no place for romantic relationships between men and women in this novel so if that is what you are looking for you won t find it here Relationship with men are often only alluded on they re never in a centre of any true love story Men are defined only through their relationship with women as a tool of getting something else a sentimental memory or as an object that enables rivalry I would say that these women character are authentically gay which surely makes the novel interesting Women in thos novel are falling one for another both in the stories of the old and those set in present time That aspect of the novel was very refreshing It is one of the things that makes it wonderfully original Nevertheless when it comes to love stories I found the modern ones a bit lacking compared with those of the old Another thing I liked is that it showed the complexity of women how they are capable both for acts of great love and those of great cruelty For me personally the down side of the novel was characterization of modern characters ie those that appear in Artemis narration that ended up being less interesting than historical and fairy tale ones I was surprised given the fairy tale writing style how real all the female characters in narrations of Fox and the Poetess seemed real The fantasy element didn t take anything away either not at all I loved that fantasy and historical aspect of the novel it felt very genuine in its imaginative scope Moreover it was masterfully written In fact my favourite aspect of the novel was the narration of the Fox Artemis wasn t a character that was exactly likeable and the Poetess proved elusive and transcendental as good poetry ought to be which means I enjoyed reading her passages but I didn t really experience her as a distinct characternarrator The Fox on the other hand mesmerized me If I were to be completely honest I would have to say that the narrative following Artemis life was my least favourite one for reasons I already explained The characters are never explored in depth In addition there are some stereotypes in this story It is a paradox that I found the stories told by the Poetess
and the Fox credible and better developed especially as most of them are set in a distant time orthe Fox credible and better developed especially as most of them are set in a distant time or Those women from far past seemed real than their present day versions Artemis Diane Mercy and Claude seem to be awfully similar at times feeding on that victim glam that is so popular nowadays and starting drama for drama s sake None of them felt tangible and definable as a character not in the way Fox did I don t mind the fact that a spirit that is about to turn 1000 years old seemed real that present day charact. Erson executed in China for murder and the oddly named Artemis a young Asian American woman living in contemporary VancouverWith beautiful and enchanting prose and a sure narrative hand Lai combines Chinese mythology the sexual politics of medieval China and modern day Vancouver to masterfully revi. Definitely interesting I read this book because a in
My Third World Women WritersThird World Women Writers recommended the author I was interested in fox spirit mytholo This is a fascinating book told in three narrative strands which follow a poet of ancient China a young woman in modern Vancouver and the fox spirit who haunts them both The modern section was my least favorite mostly due to the passivity and diffidence of the protagonist but the writing was well done and I really liked what the author was doing in trying to bridge the Chinese Canadian gap This reminded me of Charles de Lint s work while being much solid This novel follows three different narrations that flow toward a common source These narrations come closer and closer together until they join in a single river that sings a profound song Goodreads describes When Fox Turns A Thousand as a lyrical novel I can certainly see why for its prose is indeed lyrical The novel is written beautifully and poetically You Backyard Revolution know if the author was South American in origin perhaps we would call this novel magical realism Speaking of origin that happens to be an important theme in this novel Asian origin is a much discussed subject in his novel What does our origin really mean Is it a cultural or a racial thing Are there ties of blood that link us to the places of our origin someind of collective memory founded a biological basis we share or is it a matter of choice ties of heart and emotion Or is it a matter of education Can it be that London Tangle knowing a lot about a certain culture makes us a part of it This novel is all about female Asian voices both past and modern ones This story is about West meeting East not East of the present but that of the past East of the old preserved in the souls of women For aren t women traditionallyeepers of lore In this novel you will see Asian mythology coming to life getting mixed up in lives of modern women of Asian origin that are living in Canada of the present To introduce this novel I think it makes sense to add that it could also be described as a lesbian novel That s how I see it because I don t think that any of these sexual relationships between women described both those set in past and those set in present should be taken in a metaphorical way they are to be taken for what they are Homosexual love takes many shapes and forms in this novel it is not always a perfect joining of souls but it is always love Lesbian love in varying degress of depth and meaning ranging from loved primarily based on lust and desire to that based on deep connections and friendshipThree voices Artemis the Fox and the Poetess tell their story but only one of them speaks to us directly The fox is the only first person narrator and she seems *to have an insight into the minds of the ladies whose stories parallel her narration * have an insight into the minds of the ladies whose stories parallel her narration mythological creature that is able to take a shape of a woman by reanimating corpses opens with her background story that she will elaborate on many times So this novel starts off with a tale of loneliness Appropriate perhaps because it is very honest in revealing what happens when we are searching for escape in romantic relationships Often what happens is loneliness Another narrator the Poetess speaks in a first person voice often but it is hard to tell her own history from the stories of women she talks about In other words it seemed hard to me at least to tell the Poetess as a writer from Poetess as a person Not that it didn t work in the context of the novel for it surely did It is just that as a narrator I found it hard to visualize her and for some reason saw her only as an aspect of the fox which she is not btw she is based on an actual person from Chinese history I suppose that the Poetess is an unreliable narrator and her actions are meant to be open to interpretation Finally there is Artemis whose story is told from a perspective of an all Kitty Learns the Ropes (Kitty Norville, knowing narrator so we get tonow her most inner thoughts and desires In a way she is also a narrator because it is throught her eyes or specifically through an all nowing narrator that sees through her eyes that we get introduced to a cast of female characters Mercy Diane and Claude All of these contemporary Canadian Asian female characters happen to be gay as do all the important characters in the novel In this novel you will find love stories told from different anglesand they are often open to intepretation Who is a reliable narrator when it comes to love Artemis isn t exactly reliable either she even says so herself What does a reliable narrator even means and is there such a thing The When Fox is a Thousand is a lyrical magical novel rich with poetry and folklore and elements of the fairytale Larissa Lai interweaves three narrative voices and their attendant cultures an elusive fox growing toward wisdom and her 1000 birthday the ninth century Taoist poetnun Yu Hsuan Chi 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