Month: June 2017

How to Be Human by Paula Cocozza

Foxed

New York Times review of  HOW TO BE HUMAN By Paula Cocozza 

Paula Cocozza’s hypnotic first novel, “How to Be Human,” features 34-year-old Mary Green and the urban fox that takes up residence in her London garden. Mary, who as a girl wrote letters to herself to stem acute loneliness, welcomes the vulpine caller. The fox is soon leaving tokens for her, “the kind a knight pledges before going into battle.” She begins to call him a friend. Within weeks, they’ve formed a natural intimacy. In this suspenseful tale animal and human behavior begin to meld, even reverse, and who’s dangerous and who’s endangered is not always clear.

278 pp. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company. $26.

Other reviews:

The Guardian

Publishers Weekly

Times Literary Supplement

The Economist

The pictures that go with the reviews

‘He was in her service. And she was in his’ … Paula Cocozza’s protagonist receives a visitor from the wild.

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MIchael Moorcock: The Anti-Tolkein

Passing on this article from the New Yorker

A couple of quotes:

Moorcock’s first editorial in New Worlds.

“More and more people are turning away from the fast-stagnating pool of the conventional novel — and they are turning to science fiction (or speculative fantasy). This is a sign, among others, that a popular literary renaissance is around the corner. Together, we can accelerate that renaissance.”

“In 1978, Moorcock did a more thorough takedown in an essay called “Epic Pooh,” in which he compares Tolkien and his hobbits to A. A. Milne and his bear.”