by Larissa Lai
Another failed attempt at magical realism. When Fox is a Thousand is a fantastical tale told from three viewpoints: a young Asian-American woman living in modern-day Vancouver, a female poet in medieval China, and a fox who has lived almost a thousand years, using magical powers to animate the bodies of dead women and cause mischief. I was really enjoying the prose, and the modern characters. But the others parts really lost me. I\’m sure all the characters\’ stories weave together in the end, but when after more than fifty pages I still can\’t really tell what is going on, I don\’t see the point in continuing. I read seventy-two pages of this surreal book before leaving it behind.
Abandoned 236 pages, 1995