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Giuseppe di Lampedusa, also an astronomer and a Sicilian prince, was 58 when he started to write The Leopard, though he had had it in his mind for 25 years. E. M. Forster called his work "one of the great lonely books." What renders it so beautiful and so discomfiting is its creator's grasp of human frailty and, equally, of Sicily's arid terrain--"comfortless and irrational, with no lines that the mind could grasp, conceived apparently in a delirious moment of creation; a sea suddenly petrified at the instant when a change of wind had flung waves into frenzy." The author died at the age of 60, soon after finishing The Leopard, though he did live long enough to see it rejected as unpublishable.
I know that this is supposed to be one great book, and I am interested in all things Sicily, but I just could not get into it.Published 20 days ago by ItalianDish
Interesting novel, very good writer, but there is not much plot and more description (in spite of the beauty of the writing) than I sometimes wanted to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karen Martin
The leopard was an excellent read. If you like historical fiction, you will like this book.Published 2 months ago by Rufus
It was a different book cover than was depicted. As well it was covered in numerous "used" stickers; I wish there was more honesty in the depiction but obviously it doesn't... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Allyson Bailey
I was expecting more of the actual history of Sicily or I guess more of the connection to LampedusaPublished 2 months ago by Carol B
I really enjoyed this book and will re-read it. Mature acceptance of change...an important theme, I think.Published 4 months ago by Don S
Utterly perfect. The audible version makes it even better. I not only loved it, but keep going back and re-listen to different sections just for the sound... Read morePublished 4 months ago by CarolRabbit