Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Z by Therese Anne Fowler

My impression of Zelda Fitzgerald is probably like most peoples’, that she was wild, looney and unstable. I have long admired her husband’s writings, but didn’t know much about either … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf

Shelf of Shame Week 2 I find I can relate somewhat to Bookfox Moira’s experience here, except that the person most strongly nagging me to read Mrs Dalloway was my … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 9 Comments

The Lost Domain (Le Grand Meaulnes) by Alain-Fournier

Translated by Frank Davison. The first time someone told me I MUST read Le Grand Meaulnes I was a teenager and studying for my French Literature ‘A’ level. We had … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · 10 Comments

Best Books of 2014 (so far)

As is my habit, here are mini reviews of the books which have made the strongest impression on me for the first half of the year. They are all novels … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

A lot of books are described as “unique” and aren’t. This one really is. For one thing, it’s narrated by Death, who isn’t spooky at all, but rather a courtly … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald is an author I’ve often read about but not actually read. She’s particularly been on the radar after the coverage of her critically acclaimed biography, by Hermione Lee, that … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Three Novels of Modern Women

Pondering a title for this collection, I tried to find a common theme, but they were all set in different places, in different lifestyles and with characters of varied ages. … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Palladian Wreath of Hide and Seek

Elizabeth Taylor is one of my very favourite writers. Having undertaken to write about her for VL, I tried to find some way to explain the extraordinary nature of her work … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · 15 Comments

Inclinations

Inclinations is a strange little tale about the charming Mabel Collins, who bewitches Miss Geraldine O’Brookomore, the noted biographer and aesthete. With Mrs Collins’s agreement they are to go to … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

It is years since I read Cat’s Eye. It was the second Atwood novel I read, in the summer of 1999, between high school and university. Looking back, it was the … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Irish short stories

Disclaimer: I know nothing about Irish fiction as a taught subject. This is the first time I’ve read any, apart from a bit of James Joyce and Molly Keane.  So I’m … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Moss Witch and Other Stories

This is a collection of short stories that draw on science to create their plots. Or, this is a collection of interesting scientific possibilities illustrated by fiction. Whichever way you … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Strange Italian worlds

Frisch & Co, a German publisher specialising in e-books in English translation, has an eye for quirky novelists writing in languages that anglophones rarely explore. I read two of their … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · 5 Comments

Favorite Books of 2013 (last half)

Our Christmas break seemed to sneak up on me, so I didn’t get a chance to share my favorite books from the latter part of the year. So in the … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

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