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...more
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...more
Few books I can recall have transmitted so s...more
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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...more
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...more
"The Prince was depressed: "All this shouldn't last; but it will, always; the human 'a...more
The Prince, an aristocratic Sicilian landowner, is the centre of the book. Chapters deal with the period just before and then after at longer intervals Garibaldi's landing in Sicily and the creation of a unified Kingdon under the King of Piedmont. At one moment in a ball the narrator flicks ahead to WWII and recalls the bomb that will destroy the ballroom in the future, but at all times it is clear th...more
1) il grande stile, abbastanza fastidioso (immagino che lo fosse anche nel ’58). È come una cappa dorata su tutto, dai mobili ai generi alimentari (vedi la descrizione del timballo).
2) il disfattismo; non mi piace, nella quarta parte, la liquidazione della proposta di Chevalley - il governo italiano non può cont...more
Que cambie todo para que nada cambie. El autor nos describe los últimos momentos de la Italia borbónica, su ajetreada transición a la monarquía de Victor Manuel II, con Garibaldi en la sombra de la narración. Lo hace a través del Gatopardo, el príncipe Salina, y de su familia. Los personajes se nos hacen entrañables desde el primer momento. El autor nos sumerge en la vida de una famil...more
Robb kept mentioning The Leopard to give context in his own book and spoke so reverently about the novel that I felt compelled to check it out.
This is probably one of the greatest novels I have ever come across, deftly and brilliantly evocative, and truly masterful in its gentle observations and beautiful story telling.
One book that I know I will read again, if on...more
Written by the faded scion of a one-great nobility, its veiled biography of the author's great-grandfather is clearly self-serving, but still revealing. We follow Prince Salina through the idiosyncratic schedule of his petty rituals (on arriving at Donnafugata the entire party must attend the church before being allowed to rest, the Prince takes care not to serve soup as a first course, etc, et...more
I first read this novel about forty years ago, and, frankly, found it to be too difficult for me to appreciate. The difficulty, unfortunately, was really based on my ignorance of the background of the novel. When reading a historical novel, it is to the reader’s benefit to be somewhat aware of the period in which the novel is set. The specific time period here was that of the “Risorgimento” in Italy. This was roughly around 186...more