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A story of foxes, from O-ha and her six unborn cubs in Trinity Wood to Camio, an American Red Fox far away in his zoo cage. The animals in Trinity Wood feel safe from predators, but their world is changing, humans are coming closer with their bulldozers, houses, their guns and their dogs....

Title : Hunter's Moon
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ISBN : 9780044406150
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 330 Pages
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Hunter's Moon Reviews

  • Fennec
    2018-10-22 13:42

    Well, I sure hope I can do justice to this.Hunter's Moon is an allegory of emotion biting, realistic proportions. This is animal fiction at it's prime; adult, realistic and competent. Garry Kilworth absolutely nails personification here. Unlike a portion of animal related books, these animals are written completely with the attributes you understand them as having in the real world. They barely break any rules, everything is believable. Though that specific set of rules is given "voice", it's given a human filter. Dialogue can be a little jarring at times for this reason because of human social expectations. Announcements of love, death, and otherwise are thrown out almost instantly by main characters. As is the case with real world foxes, who base love and dedication on merits of strategy and selection, yet to a degree that would seem sudden on human terms. It makes for a fascinating narrative, because from a reader's perspective, you see the pain, love and suffering. Yet from your vantage point you want these things screamed out. You want your characters to physically cry out their sorrows, to simply say "I love you" to their companions, and that creates a pint up energy and tension. But that's released through how they show love, standing by each other to the death, nuzzling and caring for them in times of sickness. They stand by such human values as loyalty, tender affection, and dedication to altruistic behavior. By instinct yes, but through the personification you see this ideal life presented. This is a world where humans selectively deprive each other of what they need, or leave others in physical or emotional poverty. While the foxes counteract this in a primal fashion, readers long to have these virtues that come so naturally to them. A major theme here is the basic purity of nature, how separated humans have become from this, and it's always awe inspiring to see that mirror held up through animal fiction.Speaking of showing and not telling, which happens to be a primary rule of good writing, Kilworth also hits this note perfectly. The narrative is gorgeous, but not because he even tries too hard. There are no flowery opinions written in about the landscape, the change of seasons, and the lives of these creatures. He simply says it how it is and let's the intensity speak for itself. Captivation comes from the beauty of the natural world. Yet this novel does take poetic turns when shifts in POV occur, rather seamlessly in fact. A few spots of the story, especially near the end, incorporate a couple of poetry lines to express bewilderment in POV heavy passages. They aren't overbearing or overly long, instead they maintain an organic feeling to the narrative, grabbing the reading pace and slowing it down in moments of delicacy. Otherwise the narrative had a few too many conversational "that"s and "the"s for my taste, bogging a few sentences down, though I notice a lot of authors taking this route. (I really need to get my nose in some editing books and figure this stuff out)Thematically the story deals with colliding cultures. While foxes are the central focus here, diverse animal species are brought in representing a variety of worlds. The two main characters are in fact of different upbringings, one representing a Native American mentality, wherein the land is sacred. The other represents the industrial revolution onward, a scavenging way of life and scenery. An odd couple indeed, yet they come to tenderly love each other and learn to adapt. Parallel to their lives, the world itself is learning how to grow and accept change. Suburban life, industry, and nature are starting to learn how to work with each other. The success of their romantic relationship is hardly a contrast, but a testament to the human world they live in. There are also themes of division brought on through individual mentalities of different species, whereas their spiritual needs are in fact oddly similar, which is something the main character muses over. A metaphor for our own respect to life, and to other people, and our sadly natural tendency to create labels and divisive mindsets. Despite the animals having to shift into industrial living, no green themes are present here. (that wasn't so resonate in 1989 of course) As aforementioned, the narration speaks for itself too much to interject opinions. The spirituality and love of the characters, including varying actions of the human counterparts, are given full room to breathe, because the narrator isn't speaking over them, he's letting them develop their selves.The final quarter of the book shows signs of dragging, yet it suddenly kicks full throttle and goes into stunning territory. Spiritually, rationality, and the sorrow of bitter sweetness in the world is given forefront. The ending is simultaneously gorgeous and devastating all the same. So, to summarize? I was left feeling, and still feel quite emotionally moved by this book. Granted I'm also a bit cynical about the state of affairs this implies on modern fiction. We live in a time where animal stories are regarded as kids fodder. A publisher recently told David Clement Davies, one of the last animal fiction writers around in the mainstream, "There's no market for animal fiction anymore." Ouch. So not only is there this mentality of child exclusivity, there's an idea it's a dying medium of expression. This book is plainly out of print, it has been for a while. I doubt it has any chances of seeing the light of day again. Why? Well, based on what I've said about the mainstream market, they aren't going to accept an animal fiction book with adult violence, (peppered with) language, gritty themes, and (poetic) mating scenes. This stuff isn't for kids, plain and simple, and the market and parents would be appalled based on modern "expectations". And apparently, from the words of the publishers in charge of feeding the masses, nobody cares about this stuff anymore. To which I say, oh well. I'll stand by it and go down with it. Maybe one day, as the book laments, society will break free of labels and molds, then allow room for unfiltered creativity. One could hope.

  • Lissa
    2018-10-22 12:27

    I was born and raised in the only place in the world where foxes do not live besides Antarctica (Tasmania, Australia), and as such, I find foxes extremely exotic and fascinating. They have been my favourite animal for as long as I can remember.I cannot rave enough about this book. It's a talking animals book, sure, but for adults. It follows the life of rural vixen O-ha as her home is slowly taken over by a developing town. There's a viscous enemy bent on taking her down and making her life miserable. It's a nice exploration of traditionalism versus contemporary life, the old ways of the country foxes and the old hunts (with horses and hounds) being taken over by humans who wish to preserve foxes when they appear in the town. Just gorgeous. The life of foxes will no longer be a mystery to me.

  • Chris
    2018-11-02 11:45

    Watership Down with foxes.

  • Claire R Kerry
    2018-11-15 12:27

    I can't remember reading any other book quite like this. And before you throw Watership Down or The Sight of Firebringer in my face, remember that those stories had either a quest narrative, fantastical elements or both. This book simply follows the life of this fox, her mates, her children and is fascinating from start to finish. the culture Kilworth creates, not just for foxes but for other animals as well, is stunning in how well-thought out it is. I don't re-read this often, it's a hefty one, but it is worth reading if you love animals. I can see how some people won't like it, as it doesn't have that quest element or any kind of fantasy that some lovers of animal fiction prefer, and in places it can drag, but it is worth it just for the world created. More people should know about this book, and it should be up there with Watership Down as an animal story classic.

  • Marc
    2018-11-14 16:42

    I discovered that this book existed a few years ago, but only recently finally got my hands on it. Having read very positive reviews, and foxes being one, if not the, my favorite animals, I could only hope it was as good as I expected.It was more than that: it was fantastic, one of the best books I've ever read.The whole plot, the characters, their actions and emotions, even the mystic background stuff which I tend to dislike, everything was just right and made perfect sense.When a character is sad, frightened, or happy, you feel it too. And wow, this book is well-written.Now I've always liked tales about animals, but really anyone, and especially those who think talking animals are childish, should read this.

  • Heissen
    2018-10-27 12:45

    This is, without a doubt, the best book that I have read in my entire life thus far. It perfectly blends tragedy and triumph, loss and love, and is incredibly colorful and descriptive. The characters are superbly fleshed out and the book manages to emotionally attach the reader to the book. I felt love for the protagonists and intense hatred towards the antagonists on levels previously undreamed of. It contains a rich mythology and the dialogue is fantastic.This book has made we weep intensely and laugh merrily, feel surges of excitement and squirm in anticipation. Without a doubt, the best book that I have thus far read.

  • Serewyn
    2018-10-20 11:47

    I Read this when I was very young and even though the deeper meaning slipped by me, it has always stayed with me. 20+ years later I was lucky to find a second hand copy and read it once again. I still love it, and it moved me even more deeply. Thank you Mr. Kilworth for this wonderful story of foxes. I am so thankful to have a hardcover copy on my bookshelf.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2018-11-01 14:30

    This book was very interesting, a story of nature and man's influence on it, and a story about change affecting the world.

  • Saturday's Child
    2018-10-26 13:43

    It is all about the Foxes!

  • Ryan
    2018-11-13 16:33

    I read a lot of these 'talking animal books' and this one is a must read for people who like these types of books, great story and characters.

  • Stephanie A.
    2018-11-12 10:30

    That was pretty powerful. To be honest, it was so graphic and stark at the beginning that I wasn't sure I would give it more than a 3, especially with all the fox religion/myth/lore, which had a flavoring of fantasy that is usually what drives me away from books. However, I was promised this was mostly a realistic novel, and I quickly found that to be true.It's actually kind of a unique book, very much for adults and not like the scads of old wildlife novels I've downed that were intended for a more juvenile audience. I'm never crazy about human dialogue in animal books, but rather than sounding exactly like humans in animal form, it does indeed focus on the natural lives of various wild foxes. While centered on one main vixen and her family, there are several others of their kind, plus interactions with other creatures (namely dogs, cats, and one semi-affable old badger), with the interesting twist of giving non-English languages to non-canine species. I got so invested in their lives (and occasionally tragic but understandable deaths) that by the end of the book, I experienced a temporary fit of madness where I felt appalled by the slavish crudeness of dogs and wanted to go put food out for hypothetical passing foxes to make their lives easier. That's how I knew this was a book that made an impact.What I liked best was how the story was divided into 7 parts, with each part almost functioning as its own short story as we were taken to different settings, before gradually weaving together as a complete work. Young A-sac's search for the old vixen mystic left a chill across my soul, and so did all the scenes with the ever-looming evil force of Sabre. Meanwhile, the family moments were touching, the conversations with old Gar were a delight, and the ending, while slightly abrupt in the last couple of sentences, made me cry good, satisfied tears. It's such a good feeling to close a book and feel like its effect on you is still growing outward in ripples, not to blossom in full until several hours later.

  • Rena Sherwood
    2018-11-03 13:33

    Cute concept -- a fox version of Watership Down. However, many plot points spiral off into nowhere. What was the point of the whole white fox thing? No point at all! I read the book in the UK back about 2003 or whenever the wars about foxhunting made the abortion controversy a high school hair-pulling in comparison. So I wonder if the good reviews this book received was more because of its views on foxhunting than on the story presented.Incredibly grim book with a bleak final sentence that I still remember even after reading it years ago. Whenever someone I live is dead or about to die that sentence floats like a grim ghost to the front of my brain.

  • Lee
    2018-11-16 16:49

    I read this when i was a kid; Twice actually. It was the perfect reason why you should never read Readers Digest abridged versions of books. My Mom had a bunch of hardbacks with four abridged novels in each and the idea intrigued me. After finishing i wanted the real thing. Remember those book clubs on the back of magazines where you could, on your first order, have up to six books for a penny each, then you had to atleast buy six books at full price in your first year; no, am i showing my age. Well, i saw Hunter's Moon on the back of a TV Mag and ordered it. And read it again. I still remember the last haunting line. I remember it being a beautiful story. May have to revisit it sometime.

  • Hayley
    2018-10-31 12:24

    This book is a hidden gem. A must-read for fans of Watership Down. It’s not as ambitiously epic in scope as that book about some bunnies, but is more personal and intimate. It is the story of a young Vixen named O-ha, her mates, her kits, and one crazed ridgeback hound that wants them all dead. The animosity between the fox and the hound is deeply personal, it’s passion spanning years. The characters and the world were interesting. All of the side plots with the kits were engaging and added to the overall themes of the story. The climax is heart-pounding. The ending just the right amount of heart-breaking. Seriously, how have more people not read this book?

  • Anna
    2018-10-25 15:44

    'Watership Down' with foxes - that the first thing that springs to my mind. But while 'Watership Down' was focused on rabbits only, with Kehaar as an exception, 'Hunter's Moon' has POVs of different animal species - dogs,badgers, otters, even geese, though the story is focused on foxes.The story itself is wonderfull and beautifully written. It tells us a lifestory of a vixen named O-ha and her family. Even though O-ha has to face a lot of difficulties, death of her loved ones and hatered of a murderous dog, she still finds courage and strenght to live her life, raise her family and just be happy.

  • Leila
    2018-10-22 11:48

    This book has been on my shelves for a few years and this is my fifth time of reading. Garry's novel begins with a vixen named O-ha awaiting her very first litter of cubs and her mate. There is a badger named Gar, a lead hound named Breaker and a big vicious dog named Sabre - a ridgeback. At the same time there is Camio an American Red fox caged and longing for his freedom. The same moon (Hunter's Moon) shines down upon them all. If you are a lover of animal stories you will enjoy this wonderful and powerful novel where like all of Garry's books about wild animals the reader is drawn into their world and how they see us.

  • Ionatan O'gallaher
    2018-11-03 12:30

    For a quite a few years this book was my "holy grail" of sorts. I can'e really remember how I had heard about it, but I knew that I had to read it. I was finally able to track down a copy and was not disappointed. I jokingly refer to this as "The Greatest Book That You've Never Read" because it is a rather obscure title. The story that Kilworth creates is both triumphant and tragic. It does not have a terribly happy ending, but that is the way of life in the animal kingdom. Creating a distinct culture and language for the various animals further immerses one in the small universe of the Trinity Wood, where the story unfolds. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone.

  • Kirsti
    2018-10-24 15:24

    Garry Kilworth was one of my favorite authors growing up, although I didn't even realize it at the time. I had a memory of his other book, Frostdancers, but soon after I read it, it was sold in a book sale by my library and the information on it disappeared from their catalogue! I seriously thought I'd dreamed it in a haze as I'd read the book while ill, and thought no more of it. Then I found this book and loved it, and it took me a long time to realize they were by the same author! A book I enjoyed growing up, and need to read again. Five stars.

  • Joshua
    2018-11-04 17:26

    Not sure how to describe this book. It's definetly not a kids book like 'House of Tribes' and I found it a very hard read. In fact I had to force myself to continue reading it, however it's also quite a good story.Its very depressing but there's something about it which leaves you feeling fairly satisfied by the end, I'm not sure what it was. It's like a Shakespearian tragedy about Foxes.Hard to recommend, but I wouldn't call it bad.

  • Rachel
    2018-11-14 17:26

    I think I must love everything about this book. The realism, the facts, the story, the fantasy... everything. It has a bittersweet ending full of both hope and despair that makes me wish for more at the same time as being ultimately satisfied. Overall, it's a very wonderful book, and I'm so glad that after all this time of waiting to read it-- the first thing I added as "to-read" on Goodreads three years ago-- I've finally been able to. I love it.

  • Heidi Vlach
    2018-10-22 15:35

    I recently remembered that I read this book as a teenager, and I tracked down a copy for a fox-loving friend of mine. Can't say I remember every detail of the story, but I recall finding O-Ha's life an interesting one. These foxes have their own social customs and moral quandaries, and their unusual names are a distinct part of their identities. Always something I like to see in an "animal story".

  • Anna
    2018-10-21 11:50

    Прекрасная книга о прекрасных созданиях, позволяющая взглянуть на мир глазами лис. Взглянуть на их потери и трудности, радости и приобретения, взаимоотношения с людьми и другими животными и на столь быстро и неожиданно меняющуюся жизнь вокруг них. Добрая, светлая, но в то же время тяжелая и жестокая книга, которая действительно может довести до слез, как радости, так и горя. А ведь это лишь история одной лисицы по имени О-Ха...

  • Renee Hall
    2018-11-12 17:26

    Reminiscent of Watership Down, in all the best ways, and yet the personal, intimate nature of the story keeps it from feeling derivative. Engrossing, lovely, rich, and entertaining. I was truly sorry when this was over.

  • Rebekah Rivera
    2018-11-09 13:23

    I remember randomly picking this book up at my local library, and reading it all the way through within a few hours. It was one of the best books I've read, and I love how the characters are foxes :)) I'm just upset that the library no longer has a copy of the book... I need to get a copy :)

  • Linds
    2018-10-24 18:49

    The Story is told from the point of view of a fox and follows her life throughout a fox-hunt, development in the area, birth and encouters with humans. I found the descriptions of the foxes mythology and society very interesting, however the dialouge did drag a bit in parts.

  • Jamie
    2018-11-04 15:40

    I HAVE READ THIS BOOK WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I SWEAR THIS IS IT. I adore this book and I really want to reread it.

  • Tanya
    2018-11-01 12:41

    This book wasn't as good as I remembered the second time around, I first read it as a teenager. Very disappointed.

  • Judith Ring
    2018-11-12 13:28

    I only read the first couple of chapters, and despite its good reviews, I found it rather dull, it just didn't hold my interest.

  • Daisy
    2018-11-16 18:31

    soo good. if you love foxes or even just (somewhat anthropomorphised) animals you have to read this.

  • Lorna
    2018-11-09 16:40

    Very different...bloody good. Fantastic idea, very well written and it gets you all emotional about foxes.