The original novel, The Fox and the Hound, was written by Daniel Mannix and published in 1967. The book follows the movie for only the first half; after Tod goes back into the wild, the stories begin to differ. In the book, the hunter's favorite hunting dog does die, and he and Copper vow to hunt Tod down until the fox is killed. It takes several years for them to find the fox; each year, Tod looks forward to it in a way, as it is the only part of his old life that remains.
While in the wild, Tod finds a mate, and with he raises several litters of fox pups. However, the hunter uses several hunting techniques to kill all of Tod's children, as well as his mate. The same thing happens a few years later. During this time, the once-rural area that the hunter lives turns into an urban setting. The hunter loses most of his land, and after a while owns Copper--his only remaining hunting dog. He realizes he only has one last chance to kill the fox, which has eluded him for so long, and he has Copper go and do just that. But instead of being killed, Tod--by now a very aged fox--exhausts himself to death. Copper collapses beside the fox, and gains instant popularity. But the popularity does down, and after his master is forced into a nursing home, Copper is put down with a gun,meeting the same fate as Tod.
The novel received critical acclaim, being selected as a Reader's Digest Book Club book in 1967. It received several awards, and in 1975, Walt Disney Pictures purchased the rights to adapt it into a film. Though the film was successful, nobody forgot about the original book, The Fox and the Hound.
|September 23, 2012|
I have the copy of this book. Anyone who is interested in scans of it and anyone who is willing to help me to turn these scans into a good readable file - please contact me!
|August 30, 2012|
i want this book!
|June 18, 2012|
Is there any website anyone knows of which you can read full books for free? I have a handful in my favorites, but they don't have this one, and I really want to read it...
|January 28, 2012|
I'm gonna look and see if I can get it on my kindle.
|January 23, 2012|
read the book in 1976 on loan from a friend . have been looking for a copy but no luck as yet
the story has something about it that reflects on the way things were back then in 1960's
|January 23, 2012|
I saw the movie and now that I saw that there is a book I want to read it so badly now next time I go to the book store I am going to ask my mom if she can buy it so I can read it
|January 23, 2012|
hmm good points, I think I might actually try to find to the novels some where and try to get through them. Cant be that bad, right?
|October 26, 2011|
I read the book when I was in middle school. It is not a "dark" tale, rather one of changing times as human "civilization" inexorably encroaches upon what was once a free land. In that land, humans and animals accepted their roles, and the author does a wonderful job in explaining the idea of the hunter and hunted. I have not watched the Disney version. It seems much too lighthearted. I must say that in recent times, I have seen examples of different animal species helping each other. It is a lesson all of us can learn from.
|October 17, 2011|
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Well that's those European authors for you, Cooper. Salten's material is as dark as anything the Brothers Grimm ever dreamed up!
|October 08, 2011|
I used to love the movie growing up, one of my favorites. I was very supprised to find out that it came from such a dark and twisted tale.
I agree with you, JerseyCaptian. I'm too afraid to read the novel as well, I'm afraid it will change my feeling of the movie for me. I already love it and I don't want that to change.
I never read the Bambi books ethier, but I didn't know they were supposed to be dark too. I thought they were supposed to be children's books? The only thing I know about it is that Bambi was originally a roe deer instead of a whit-tailed deer and he has two fawns. But that's it