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
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
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
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
The languid introspection of this novel gives an idea of the slow pace of life at this time, and is infused with hilarious anecdotes and thoughts, mostly coming from the central character in this novel, The Leopard, or The Prince, Don Fabrizio the head of the aristocratic Selina family of...more
Ora che finalmente l’ho “affrontato”, ho scoperto che è proprio un bel libro!
Già dalle prime pagine sono rimasta affascinata dal modo di scrivere di Lampedusa, soprattutto dalle sue descrizioni. Queste ul...more
Nel periodo 1860-1910, vengono seguiti nelle vicende interiori ed esteriori l'irresistibilmente amabile Don Fabrizio Corbera principe di Salina (ispirato ad un antenato dell'Autore) e la sua famiglia.
Il linguaggio è, come in Proust, colto ma avvicinabile. In una frase, il libro è l'amara constatazione del "sempre uguale" o, nelle parole di uno dei protagonisti, del "cambiare tutto per no...more