Review: Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s “The Leopard”

by writereaderly

giuseppe di lampedusa the leopardBought to help KAM in her list-quest, I snuck this read in before the birthday send-on – and what a superb book it was. The novel tells the downfall of the house of the Leopard of Sicily – Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina – in the half-century following the 1860 Risorgimento (which led to the founding of the current Italian State). Di Lampedusa’s prose is sumptuous and carefully crafted, his historical details (to this unschooled eye) well placed, and his stagecrafting of the tragedy splendid. A fine analysis of character(s) illuminated by political events. Nearly flawless, highly recommended.

Where it came from: Bookshop
Time and manner of reading:
As many squeezed-in reads as I could wangle over a two-day period, ending in a prolonged early-morning bed-read
Where it went:
Reminds me of/that: Oh, the pleasure of gorgeous writing — AND in gorgeous translation
Who I’d recommend it to:
Seekers of an excellent novel
Also reading: Rabbit #4; How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch;The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon;Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling