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This review is from: The Blue Fox (Kindle Edition)
I bought this book on impulse after receiving it in a recommendation from Amazon. I had never heard of Sjon, but I have a theory that books which are good enough to be translated are worth looking at.
I loved this book. It is beautifully written and equally beautifully translated: "Blue foxes are so curiously like stones that it is a matter for wonder. When they lie beside them in winter there is no hope of telling them apart from the rocks themselves."
It starts as a simple story of a man hunting a blue fox and then expands to the story of a herbalist and a Down's Syndrome girl he adopts.
The descriptions capture the landscape and the tension of the hunt for the blue fox beautifully. The story is as beautiful and brutal as a northern winter. Despite or perhaps because of that brutality I loved the humanity of the book: the portrayal of the herbalist and the girl’s relationship. I recommend this book to you.