The Fox and The Hound, before you read let me tell you that this is not the Disney version but it is what the movie is derived from. In the Disney film, Tod and Copper are best friends but eventually realize they come from different worlds and go their separate ways. In the book, there is no such friendship. The author has done so much research into every aspect of the story, going so far as to live with a pair of foxes for over a year, and it really shows. Hats off to Mannix for making you feel so whole-heartedly for the character from both sides of the fence. Although the ending practically ripped my heart out of my chest and stomped it into the ground, I absolutely loved it.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. An intelligent and cunning red fox becomes the valued prey of a half-bloodhound tracker and his master who make it their lifelong goal to end the life of the elusive fox.
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See 2 questions about The Fox and The Hound…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Fox and The Hound. Jul 14, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: classic , animal-stories , fiction , nature.
To anyone else thinking of reading this, It's not the Disney film most children grew up with. This isn't a bad thing, in fact it gives the novel much more poignant depth than the film ever had in its cutesy friendship theme, but if you're an animal-lover, I'd proceed with caution. The Fox and the Hound novel is also deeper in the sense that it highlights the intense cultural differences between the days of rural farm life and more developed 's society.
The book begins in a world where huntin To anyone else thinking of reading this, It's not the Disney film most children grew up with. The book begins in a world where hunting is less a sport and more a matter of survival and a way to make a living. As time goes on, the act of hunting becomes a way to settle an age-old vendetta. I'm not sure how to feel about that. It seems rather petty to vow to dedicate your entire life towards hunting down a fox that got your pet dog killed.
But I guess if you're the town wino who spends most of your time hunting anyway, you've got nothing better to do. Unlike the burly lumberjack-esque hunters of most classic fiction, this novel also features a female hunter alongside the guy and his dog, which was interesting - although, again, she's not the same gentle old widow Disney painted her out to be.
The Fox and the Hound was one of several books they pulled from the shelves at my elementary school ironically they left Where the Red Fern Grows alone, and that was the one that had a dog getting disemboweled alive on a thorny tree branch.
I'd grown up just assuming the novel was a slightly less childish version of the Disney film, so it was a whole new experience to see the differences between the two. What I liked about the novel is that, as dark as it was, it's not just a straightforward man-and-his-dog type story.
It's a story of revenge getting out of control to the point of obsession. I'm not sure it was ever intended to be purely a children's story, since its themes seem to run more complex than that, and it seems like it would have scared most children. I would've hated this book if I were fifteen years younger. View 2 comments. So I'm gonna use gifs cause after reading this novel I think I deserve a little bit of happinness.
This is the story about a fox named Tod And a hound called Copper Tod is a red fox kit, raised as a pet by one of the human hunters who killed his mother and litter mates.
Copper, a bloodhound crossbred, was once the favorite among his Master's pack of hunting dogs in a rural country area. However, he now feels threatened by Chief, a younger, faster Black and Tan Coonhound. Tod initially enjoys his life, but when he reaches sexual maturity he returns to the wild. One day, Tod comes across the Master's house and discovers that his presence sends the chained pack of dogs into a frustrated frenzy.
He begins to delight in taunting them until one day Chief breaks his chain and chases him, Tod flees along a railroad track while a train is approaching and Chief is killed by the train. This is the part where things start to get ugly. Meanwhile Tod mates with an older, experienced vixen who gives birth to a litter of kits.
But before they are grown, the Master finds the den and kills them. The time pass and Tod takes a new mate, with whom he has another litter of kits. And guess what? That's right. The master kills them again. As the years pass, the rural area gives way to a more urbanized setting.
The master has lost most of his own land, and the only dog he owns now is Copper. The Master spends most of his time drinking alcohol, and people begin trying to convince him to move into a nursing home, where no dogs are allowed. One summer, an outbreak of rabies spreads through the fox population and people approach the Master and ask his help in killing the foxes. After he picks up the fox's trail, Copper relentlessly pursues him throughout the day and into the next morning.
Tod finally drops dead of exhaustion, and Copper collapses on top of him, close to death himself. Copper survives and the master become popular, but after a few months the excitement over his accomplishment dies down and he is once again asked to consider living in a nursing home, and this time he agrees.
And he kills Copper. That's the ending. There's no epilogue. I love this book. I love it, but there's not version of reality where this have a happy ending. View all 7 comments. Aug 23, Luc rated it really liked it Shelves: made-into-a-movie. This is the book the disney classic is based on but you got to hand to the House of Mouse, no one mangles a story like they do in the name of family entertainement.
Whereas the film is a story of friendship that survives depite circumstances in a way almost reminiscent of Romeo and Juliette, the book is more about the daily struggles of a fox and a dog and up to a certain point the Master in a world that changes around their ears in which they don't quite fit.
I only recall the Dysney movie very This is the book the disney classic is based on but you got to hand to the House of Mouse, no one mangles a story like they do in the name of family entertainement.
I only recall the Dysney movie very vaguely last time I saw it I must have been all of 6 years old. I probably know more about the movie because of the wikipedia synopsis I read than from I can remember. I have vague recollections that it was a pretty sad movie but I actually chocked up reading this book.
Heck, I almost cried just giving my wife a summary of the book and she actualy cried just hearing it. So don't be an idiot like I was and read the last two chapters in a crowded restaurant where you have fight back tears so you won't look like a wuss in public.
View 1 comment. Jan 19, James Steele rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The story takes places from two points of view: Tod the fox, and Copper the hound.
The hunted and the hunter. The book starts with the hunting dog, Copper, as he and his master are enlisted by the police to find a missing man. At the end is a dead body, and the scent of bear. Shortly afterwards, Copper and his pack are enlisted to track down the killer bear, and this leads to a fight to the death.
The master is maimed, but Chief, the old dog who is currently alpha, grabs the bear by the balls literally and pulls it off the master, giving him time to shoot the bear. The story then picks up with a family of foxes. A group of hunters finds the den, the mother is only able to save one of her pups and is then ripped apart by a pack of hunting dogs.
The Fox and the Hound by Daniel Mannix
Mannix and illustrated by John Schoenherr. It follows the lives of Tod, a red fox raised by a human for the first year of his life, and Copper, a half- bloodhound dog owned by a local hunter, referred to as the Master. After Tod causes the death of the man's favorite hound, man and dog relentlessly hunt the fox, against the dual backdrops of a changing human world and Tod's normal life in hunting for food, seeking a mate, and defending his territory. As preparation for writing the novel, Mannix studied foxes, both tame and wild, a wide variety of hunting techniques, and the ways hounds appear to track foxes, seeking to ensure his characters acted realistically. It was well received by critics, who praised its detail and Mannix's writing style.
The Fox and The Hound
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