Monday, January 11, 2010

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Author: Roald Dahl

First line: Down in the valley there were three farms.

Why you should read this book: In the grand tradition of animal tricksters, the fantastic Mr. Fox pilfers food and escape punishment from a trio of increasingly buffoonish enemies, to the delight of his adoring family and grateful neighbors. Clad in a careless waistcoat, a jaunty scarf, and a wicked grin, Mr. Fox is shameless and unrepentant, a wild and free adversary of the tortured, twisted, and undeserving agents of civilization who scheme in vain to oppress nature with the instruments of technology. Enduring and satisfying work in Dahl's particularly irreverent idiom.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You've spent your life chasing the fox out of the chicken coop.

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