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The foxes of firstdark

Author: Garry Kilworth
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1990. ©1989
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This novel by a Booker Prize nominee is an engaging saga of two lovers paired for life, bound by strong family ties and firmly united by their terror of a common enemy. A familiar scenario, perhaps, but here the devoted couple is a pair of foxes -- O-ha, a vixen born in the British countryside, and her second mate, Camio, who, after escaping from the zoo, becomes a streetwise scavenger in the suburbs. O-ha's first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kilworth, Garry.
Foxes of first dark.
New York : Doubleday, ©1990
(OCoLC)556373848
Online version:
Kilworth, Garry.
Foxes of first dark.
New York : Doubleday, ©1990
(OCoLC)609359085
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Garry Kilworth
ISBN: 0385264275 9780385264273
OCLC Number: 20169057
Description: 371 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: by Garry Kilworth.

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This novel by a Booker Prize nominee is an engaging saga of two lovers paired for life, bound by strong family ties and firmly united by their terror of a common enemy. A familiar scenario, perhaps, but here the devoted couple is a pair of foxes -- O-ha, a vixen born in the British countryside, and her second mate, Camio, who, after escaping from the zoo, becomes a streetwise scavenger in the suburbs. O-ha's first mate was killed by fox hunters and her initial litter froze to death. Her life with Camio in Trinity Wood is equally hazardous; daily survival is difficult. Yet the most ominous threat is from Sabre, a vengeful ridgeback hound bent on destroying them both. The author endows his anthropomorphized characters with complex emotions, clear thinking, reasoned judgment and a shared stock of ancient clan memories. Their adventures and the misadventures of their pups are seen through a framework of their own mythology, a world governed by rituals and traditions that began at the time of creation: firstdark. A true sense of peril, a wry observance of their other enemy, man, some quixotic digressions into the lives of their offspring and avoidance of sentimentality all combine to invite comparison to Watership Down.

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