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.

What Are The Sicilian Vespers? A Vulpes Libris Random

Or do I mean What Is The Sicilian Vespers? If not, I might mean What Were The Sicilian Vespers, or What Was Etc. Etc. For the purposes of this piece, … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Words Are Stones. Impressions of Sicily, by Carlo Levi

I said earlier in the week that I picked up this book because I was short of sunshine and missing Sicily. I’m not sure now that this was the best … Continue reading

September 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Coming up this week

So much for autumn; just as I was going gratefully into jumpers and long boots again, the sun’s decided to blaze and I’m forced to retreat into the shade like … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week

As frosty February begins, the foxes are pleased to see signs of life amid the snow, most notably birds in our gardens. They are a pleasing sight in short days … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gavin Maxwell’s Sicily

Sicily has intrigued me for a very long time. As with other places of which I had developed a strong image in my mind (another was Venice), when I actually … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 6 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

This week, as is so often the joy of Vulpes Libris, the theme is that there is no theme – none whatsoever. So, like these little fox kits, we are … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Leopard, by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

I first read The Leopard many many years ago and while I admired it I don’t think I really understood what I was reading. I was woefully ignorant of the … Continue reading

June 21, 2013 · 5 Comments

Funky cold Messina …

Among the many translations of Much Ado About Nothing, that into Italian seems the most appropriate. In Italy, love, intrigue and treachery seem fit matters for comedy: Silvio Berlusconi is … Continue reading

November 15, 2011 · 5 Comments



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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)