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by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

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ISBN-10: 0375714790

ISBN-13: 2900375714794

Pub. Date: 11/06/2007

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

A classic of modern fiction. Set in the 1860s, THE LEOPARD is the spellbinding story of a decadent, dying Sicilian aristocracy threatened by the approaching forces of democracy and revolution.

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The Leopard 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The vigour and audacity of this novel is never compromised throughout, and moreover it is persistently definied with markings of an apocalyptic doom which postmodern currents struggle to comprehend. To read this novel is to witness the expression of a community in distress, as it finds itself fidgeting to keep its composure while arrested amidst a quandary and a stalemate that courses without ribaldry or expressing disrespect for a tradition and a cultural milieu that preserves its ambiguity and its distorted propriety. The discomfort of the probing characters is strung and strummed so as to strike a melodious ravishment that transgresses all values and disarms the structural apogee of the narrative. In its many particulars, and brusque, yet delicate lyrical tendencies, this novel gives delusional recordings of an island distant and beyond memory. Here we hear the tourbadour's chant nearing with incredulous apathy, both the harmony of a siren song, and the discordant twang of a swan song. Sicilians have a heritage of million of years whcih resonates throughout, and apologizing for my not being a Sicilian, I would suggest a visit to Siracusa, Palermo, Catania, or even off the coast to Taranto (Calabria) to remind us that Odysseus was a Sicilian by all means. Why not?, this may be the embodying of an Odyssey the way it ought to be when transported through time. Di Lampedusa is a classic in disguise. A trickster as well as a true philosopher. I have found such a high quality of 'delightful disturbance' only in a handful of artists. Primaraly in De Chirico's paintings, which parallels astoundingly well alongside any reading of 'Il Gattopardo,' much more incisively than any Surrealist's writing ever has. In literature a few examples might be found in Stifter's 'Indian Summer' or in contemporary authors Duras (The Lopver, The ravishing of Lol,' and 'The Malady of Death.')and in W.G. Sebald (especially in his masterwork 'The Emigrants.') I ought to add Thomas Mann ('Buddenbrooks,' 'Doctor Faustus,' 'The Magic Mountain,' and 'Death in Venice.') although so much has been said about the last, and Mann is undeniably a virtuoso, that the terror and the sheer lax angst is perhaps dissipated within the operative of the narrative and its compelling lyrical brilliance. All are a must read, but it is only in DiLampedusa that a special stunning clarity pervades. It is only in accepting the fading and palliating of life's 'truth' that the ensuing beravement of sorrow commences to compose a tale so real it says nothing, if not that, not to be trite, 'all is just dust in the wind.' However Di Lampedusa conspires - abetted by cultural ebulliance and elegance both - to navigate this voyage as if seized within a standstill. Chimed from afar floats a decadent sweltering heat, while basking underneath is found the novel's storyline. Please plug your ears, or have someone tie you to something or other, else would that you were to identify yourself with one of the novel's lives you'd never leave: In blissfull doom you'd perish along this shoreline! Hereby the island's lure is a perfect lie that speaks fables of yesterday in daring, lingering overtones, consonant with the cunning splendid mirage of sex appeal. A Book for all and none....
Guest More than 1 year ago
i would like a book review about ten to fifteen pages, about the political aspects of the book by lampedusa, the leopard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lampedusa weaves a colorful and detailed portrayal of Sicilian royalty in the years during and after the Risorgiomento. His artistry, and its seemingly effortless English transformation leave the reader feeling transported directly onto the grounds and into the drawing rooms of the Salina villa in 19th century Sicily.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been rated as one of the Top 100 of the 20th century and highly acclaimed by many who should know literature. I think they are wrong. It's a decent story, not badly told. But it has no depth. It is rather slow-moving, rather dull, and the serious thought behind it comes out too little, too late, and from the wrong mouths. If you have a special interest in the history of Sicily, the book has some appeal. But if you are just looking for a good book to read, there are many better ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even in translation, Lampedusa's 'Leopoard' is a stunning achievment. In immaculate prose, and paced more finely than 99% of literature, this superb volume will effortlessly transport the reader to a moody and sultry Sicily. The characters are alive, the settings detailed, the narrative thoughtful and always engaging. For those who enjoy pictorial writing, this is a superb choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an extreamly mature book and is terrible difficult to pick up and read. The depth is imaculate!