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The Leopard

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  10,737 ratings  ·  789 reviews
Set in the 1860s, The Leopard tells the spellbinding story of a decadent, dying Sicilian aristocracy threatened by the approaching forces of democracy and revolution. The dramatic sweep and richness of observation, the seamless intertwining of public and private worlds, and the grasp of human frailty imbue The Leopard with its particular melancholy beauty and power, and pl ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Pantheon (first published 1957)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”Among his friends Don Fabrizio was considered an “eccentric”; his interest in mathematics was taken almost as sinful perversion, and had he not been actually Prince of Salina and known as an excellent horseman, indefatigable shot and tireless womaniser, his parallaxes and telescopes might have exposed him to the risk of outlawry. Even so the did not say much to him, for his cold blue eyes, glimpsed under the heavy lids, put would-be talkers off, and he often found himself isolated, not, as he t ...more
Let's make one thing quite clear. I do not in any way claim to be objective, nor am I interested in ever being so. On the contrary, I delight in my opinions, and more importantly taking great lengths in ameliorating and deconstructing them in what I am aiming to be a neverending endeavor. What I wish for are thoughts and ideals that I both explicate upon and hold fast to, as well as an inherent sensitivity to what a particular occasion calls for. Panderings at neutrality can take a hike.

This boo
K.D. Absolutely
Mar 06, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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You have a stable job. You own your house. You drive your own car. Your daughter is studying in an exclusive school. You can buy any book you take fancy on. You can dine at any restaurant anytime. You can buy any clothes you want. In short, you have a comfortable life.

What if all these are taken away from you? Let’s say your company closes shop? What if you are stricken with cancer and you have to spend millions for your operation? What if you run over a man who is crossing the street on one ra

The Leopard.
One of the four "big cats," it is a fierce predator: fast, voracious, strong enough to crush a skull with its jaws and to drag an animal almost as heavy as itself into a tree. Fearsome.
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Like most felines, the leopard expends energy in massive bursts and must sleep for the most of the day to recoup its strength for the hunt. Do these long stretches of dormancy make the leopard lazy? Would it, free from the demands of hunger, wile away day after day in sl
What complaints I have about The Leopard are minutely stylistic; and because "to present any writer in translation is to present him bereft of his style," as Clarence Brown, one of Mandelstam’s English avatars, reminds us, I won’t dwell on the elaborate clunkiness and awkward extensions of Lampedusa’s metaphors, especially those applied to the inner emotional states of his characters. In Italian this figurative language may be impossibly smooth. What I love in this novel is its morbid and pessim ...more
Mar 29, 2010 J rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I. Nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Now, and in the hour of our death. Amen.

Thus begins Lampedusa’s masterpiece, his paean to death. Sensuous, insightful, subtle, The Leopard is a work of absolute beauty.

In 1860 Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina, is watching the lifeblood seep from his world: the power and the prestige, the unquestioned honors are all fading away, being bled out by revolution. He simply watches it go. He is resigned to it as he is resigned to his own nature. Sated ease tinged with
Aug 08, 2014 Ademption rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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The quintessence of melancholy, The Leopard, lets the reader try on the skin of the titular character: the last prince in a declining aristocracy. It reminded me of Under the Volcano . I was pushed to empathize with the last leonine lord of Sicily as intimately as I did with the alcoholic diplomat in Under the Volcano, despite never having aspirations towards being crowned or pickled. Both novels deal with cornered people doing their best while their world turns to dust. The Leopard is beautifu ...more
Unlike in many other novels of historical fiction, Tomasi makes no secret of the fact that he is writing from the vantage of hindsight. And though they were few, I enjoyed his narratorial asides, some ironic, some sobering. But what I loved more than anything else is the elegant writing; you are in a dream as the sentences flow by. Two sections stand out as especially beautiful: the young couple playing amongst the closed-off ruins of rooms in the palace and the main character facing death -- su ...more
Barry Pierce
What do I think of this? On one hand I want to laud it as being a classic of Italian literature, imbued with the essence of Lermontov and breadth of Tolstoy. However, on the other hand, this is essentially just one long episode of Downton Abbey but with less Maggie Smith and more Garibaldi. I'm conflicted about this one a bit because it does have some really boring parts but then it has some just magical passages. Eh, I liked it, but it's barely clinging on to those three stars.
It is no coincidence that The Leopard is bookended by two corpses: a decomposing one at the beginning, and an embalmed one at the end. The middle is filled with the story of a third corpse whose slow decomposition and putrefaction make up the meat of the novel. Rigour mortis first sets in, as traditions rigidify the body. It gets devoured internally, its body bloating, consumed by its own bacteria—the peasants that require the pacification and gifts demanded by noblesse oblige, the expensive pom ...more
Nickolas the Kid
Πολύ δυνατό βιβλίο... Ο Γατόπαρδος είναι ένα κλασικό ανάγνωσμα για όλους τους βιβλιόφιλους.

Μέσα στις σελίδες αυτού του βιβλίου περιγράφεται η πορεία του Οίκου Σαλίνα κατά την διάρκεια των μεγάλων αλλαγών στην Σικελία και σε ολόκληρη την Ιταλία. Ο βασικός χαρακτήρας είναι ο Ντον Φαμπρίτσιο ο οποίος βλέπει την παλιά εποχή να φεύγει και υποδέχεται την καινούργια με στωικότητα...

Ο Λαμπεντούζα μιλάει για το παλιο, το νέο, το μέλλον και το παρόν. Οι χαρακτήρες πολλοί και ενδιαφέροντες, δίνουν σίγουρα
The other day I found a grey hair, by which I mean on my own head, of course, not on the floor. If I was in my forties, or upwards, I may have anticipated such a thing, but, in my naivety, I didn’t think it possible at my age. Yet there it was, gesturing to me in an offensive manner; it was like staring at a crowd of people and suddenly spotting, deep in their midst, a child looking my way and insouciantly giving me the finger. I’ve been, it is fair to say, somewhat perturbed ever since; I keep ...more
Someone from Sicily once told me that Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s "The Leopard" is the "Gone with the Wind" of southern Italy. For that very comparison, I had foolishly avoided it. Now I see that while it indeed may be a “Gone with the Wind,” it is also a “Fathers and Sons,” a “Palace Walk” (Mahfouz’ Cairo Trilogy), a “Grapes of Wrath,” and a “King Lear,” only with a more rational leading man. It is also, quite appropriately, its own glorious thing, the only novel of a once-prince who observes the d ...more
An intimate but detached, almost portraiture, of history of Sicily through the eyes of one of its fading aristos (and written by one). Immersing you into the bourgeois unification of Italy without loading you with information of the era, and telling the story through character interaction and garnered details. Showing the break down of the established order through a range of events from nouveau rich wearing evening dress to casual dress party to a disemboweled corpse in a garden. Beautiful pros ...more
Another classic I can cross off my "to read before I die" list. It's one of those books that has a definite low-key charm throughout and that ends up affecting you to an unexpected degree by the end. It tells the story of the decline of an aristocratic Sicilian family following Garibaldi's unification of Italy in 1860. The entire narrative spans half a century, but the vast majority of the action takes place in the months immediately surrounding the dissolution of the Bourbon monarchy of Sicily ...more
Simona Bartolotta
"Del resto il nome di Salina basterebbe a render conto di tutto."

Questa per me è stata un po' la settimana delle sorprese. Come mi è da poco successo per La famiglia Manzoni, già dopo aver sfogliato le prime pagine de Il Gattopardo ho capito di essere davanti a un romanzo psicologico, prima ancora che a un romanzo storico, uno di quei romanzi il cui valore risiede nel percorso dei personaggi prima ancora della ricostruzione storica, per quanto inscindibili, nella fattispecie, possano essere ques
**Ri-ri-ri-ri-ri-ri-rilettura annuale: La meraviglia :')

Il gattopardo rientra tra i cinque classici più belli che io abbia mai letto. E, senza voler esagerare, anche tra i venti libri in generale. E, diamine, conoscendomi vuol dire che è un signor libro.
L'ho letto nel lontano 2004, in prima liceo.. Ovviamente non consenziente: mi era piaciuto, ma l'avevo trovato lento in modo esasperante.
Ecco. Credo che il fatto che sia un testo OBBLIGATORIO in molte scuole lo rov
Luís Miguel
O filme, o livro... os dois? Se por um lado Visconti quis dar toda a graça e dignidade ao Príncipe, Lampedusa apenas faz por lembrar que ele já a tinha. O autor mostra-nos a vida da "família Leopardo", da perspectiva do patriarca da Casa di Salina, aos 46 anos, no começo do seu declínio físico e social. Com tanto para dizer e para explorar, este romance parece demasiado curto ao ver as páginas voar. Do que trata mesmo? - como já vi noutro comentário: há três cadáveres, um no início (quase parece ...more
"If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change" is the keynote paradox propounded by Tancredi Falconeri to his uncle, Prince Fabrizio Salina, as the young impoverished noble goes to join the Garibaldini, to fight for an independent Sicily and a unified Italy. Don Fabrizio is taken aback; he after all lives his life on a Copernican paradigm, with himself at the center of the universe. Tancredi is representative of a Darwinian world, with his ability to adapt to circumstances, ...more
Maria Thomarey
Το γκρέμισμα του παλιού δεν φέρνει πάντα καλύτερο νέο , και μοιάζει σαν το πάτημα του γατοπααρδου. Αρχοντικό που όμως στον πέρασμα του τα κάνει όλα γης μαδιάμ
A rich and luscious novel about a decaying aristocratic family in nineteenth century Sicily. The main protagonists are the Salina family and especially Don Fabrizio (the Leopard of the title) the head of the family. Most of the novel takes place in the early 1860s and there is great descriptive detail throughout capturing the heat and dust of the Sicilian countryside. Lampedusa's descriptions of scents and smells and a decaying grand house are sublime. Religion and the ritual of the Catholic chu ...more
La Sicilia io l’ho sempre vista come la terra degli eccessi: ciò che è gentile o spietato, saporito o scialbo, dolce o amaro, profumato o fetido, innocente o sensuale e via aggettivando in Sicilia lo è moltiplicato per enne volte. Mi piace per questo, come pochi altri posti al mondo. E quindi tutte le virtù e tutti i vizi nazionali e non solo possono essere individuati e studiati nella storia e nel carattere dei siciliani come sotto una lente di ingrandimento. Aiuta più il Gattopardo a comprende ...more
Tim Pendry
A truly magnificent novel, appropriately regarded as a classic of not merely of Italian but of modern european literature. Where to start with the praise! Perhaps with the style which is limpid and evocative, crisp and detached, and yet able to convey emotion and feeling.

But it is the content that is the core of the novel and, as so often, you have to ask not only about the ostensible period of the story but the context of the writing. This is a story written in the post-war era about the Risorg
The Leopard, 1958, (filmed in 1963), is sometimes compared to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. It drew on the author's family history and described the reactions of a noble family to the social and political landscape following Sicily's appropriation by Garibaldi in 1860. Lampedusa published nothing during his lifetime except for three articles that appeared in an obscure Genoese periodical in the 1920s.
"The Prince was depressed: "All this shouldn't last; but it will, always; the human 'a
Hovering between 3 & 4 stars for this one. Will explain, review to come later.
Only the narrator's knowledge of future events reminds that this is, technically, historical fiction, so completely does it have a sense of its time. No pandering to modern sensibilities. The author's background and his grandfather's diaries are of course the reasons. Lampedusa's exploration of both emotions and politics (and unanticipated sense of humour) were reminiscent of British Victorian novels, with added decadent contemplation of sex and death.

Few books I can recall have transmitted so s
La storia di Benedicò...
Dopo aver sentito tanto decantare il romanzo, e averne per di più ammirato la coinvolgente trasposizione cinematografica, puoi arrivare a credere di saperne abbastanza da non aver bisogno di leggerlo. Poi te ne capita in mano una vecchia edizione (hai un debole per le prime edizioni dei classici, meglio ancora se usate, e se usate bene!) e ti rendi conto che il richiamo è quello giusto.
Scopri allora (ancora una volta) che il piacere della lettura è qualcosa d’altro, che v
Nel 1860, dopo lo sbarco di Garibaldi in Sicilia, Don Fabrizio assiste malinconicamente alla fine del suo ceto. Approfittano della nuova situazione gli amministratori e i mezzadri, la nuova classe sociale in ascesa.
Don Fabrizio, appartenente ad una famiglia di antica nobiltà, viene rassicurato dal nipote Tancredi, che, pur combattendo nelle file garibaldine, cerca di far volgere gli eventi a proprio vantaggio. Quando, come tutti gli anni, il principe si reca nella residenza estiva di Donnafugat
"There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South... Here in this pretty world Gallantry took its last bow... Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave... Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered. A Civilization gone with the wind..."

In fact "The Leopard" is not that scary. I don't think I'd enjoy an Italian "Gone with the Wind". I know nothing of Italian unification and I'd never remember all of the
تتألف الرواية من ثمانية فصول طويلة وبيئتها جزيرة صقلية في فترة نزول غاريبالدي في الجزيرة للقضاء على الحكم البربوني وتوحيد ايطاليا وبطل الرواية الأمير فابريتسو سالينا أمير اقطاعي كبير يعيش في بيئة يرتع فيها الجهل والفقر والخمول القاتل لطول عهدها بالحكم الأجنبي ومع ذلك يعتقد أهلها الخاملون بأنهم آلهة كما يقول المؤلف على لسان بطل الرواية
والرواية تاريخية واقعية : الأمير فابريتسيو بطلها كان اسمه الحقيقي الأمير جوليو كوربيرا أمير سالينا وقد عرفه المركيز بييترو تومازي حفيده , وعم المؤلف جوزيبي تومازي
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Tomasi was born in Palermo to Giulio Maria Tomasi, Prince of Lampedusa and Duke of Palma di Montechiaro, and Beatrice Mastrogiovanni Tasca Filangieri di Cutò. He became an only child after the death (from diphtheria) of his sister. He was very close to his mother, a strong personality who influenced him a great deal, especially because his father was rather cold and detached. As a child he studied ...more
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