How to Be Human by Paula Cocozza - frikilife.com book reviewYou are startled; so is he. Your eyes meet. For a moment you wonder: is he trying to tell me something? And then the fox springs over the wall and the thought seems faintly absurd, so you forget about it and get on with your day. But if you stop to think about it a little longer, these small confrontations are fraught with moral complexity. Urban foxes are dependent on humans, but they are also marginalised and oppressed by us; at best, we ignore them, at worst, we call pest control.
Wrap Up - April 2018
Book Review: How to be Human by Paula Cocozza
When Mary, our protagonist, arrives home one day, she finds a fox sprawled elegantly on her lawn. Her right to be there. The supremacy of humans. Her ex-boyfriend hovers in the periphery, her career failed to take off, she had never wanted children and the next-door neighbour recently had a baby. But what if you had neither?
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Share on:. When Mary arrives home from work one day to find a magnificent fox on her lawn - his ears spiked in attention and every hair bristling with his power to surprise - it is only the beginning. He brings gifts at least, Mary imagines they are gifts , and gradually makes himself at home. And as he listens to Mary, Mary listens back. She begins to hear herself for the first time in years. Her bullish ex-boyfriend, still lurking on the fringes of her life, would be appalled.