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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa Narrator: David Horovitch Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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Elegiac, bittersweet and profoundly moving, The Leopard chronicles the turbulent transformation of the Risorgimento, in the period of Italian Unification. The waning feudal authority of the elegant and stately Prince of Salina is pitted against the materialistic cunning of Don Calogero, in Tomasi's magnificently descriptive memorial to a dying age.

Tomasi's award-winning, semi-autobiographical book became the best-selling novel in Italian history, and is now considered one of the greatest works of 20th-century fiction. It tells an age-old tale of the conflict between old and new, ancient and modern, reflecting bitterly on the inevitability and cruelty of change.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Evans | 2/16/2014

    " A beautiful book about the unification of Italy, what it meant for the old guard as their world slowly vanished, and (very subtly) the power vacuum that lead to the rise of the mafia in Sicily. The movie adaptation from the '60s was also great, with Burt Lancaster in the lead role, Claudia Cardinale (geez-us was she hot), and music by Nino Rota. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luis Salas | 1/31/2014

    " This book ought to have been written by a Russian. It evokes the same sense of lives on the brink that the Master and Margarita does and fills me with the same fascination with the grotesque. Definitely a must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/19/2014

    " Maybe it's because of the movie (it was in technicolor), but when I think about this book it's like a spark of colors and sunshine and old beautiful things in my head, with dark spots around the edges, of course, b/c the world in the book is not really idealized so much as it's shining like a memory shines just by virtue of being old and having vanished. It's coincidence that I was reading this right after Buddenbrooks, and they're both about the death of an old way of life that wasn't really wonderful for everyone but represents a golden age for the families involved. The family in this book is from the aristocracy instead of the merchant class, but it's the same thing- there's always somebody to look up to and somebody to look down on, and this sense of longing for things that don't exist anymore. This one is different, too, b/c it is from the point of view of just one character, the patriarch, and b/c there's more description of places/people and less dialogue. I liked it a lot and it would be cool if I got good enough to actually read it in Italian one day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ida | 1/10/2014

    " This book, which I shunned for about 4 months as being too dense is my absolute favorite guilty non-school book pleasure of the moment. I love it. It's all the decadent aristocratic death throes of the late 1800s in Italy but with a class consciousness and post-WWII sensibility. Yes. Also, Inder, I remembered that I stole this from you and then forgot I had it for a long time, so it's on it's way back soon. sorry! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reuel | 1/7/2014

    " Takes place in 1860 Italy, as the efforts to unify the country mount. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anni | 12/23/2013

    " Read this several years ago with a book club and found it a very satisfying book: Lampedusa treats the reader to history, class struggle and privilege, and a tale of Italian nationhood. Nicely written and deeply involving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pasquale | 12/23/2013

    " Molto bello. Lusso, amore e decadenza ottocentesca. Pieno zeppo di termini ricercati. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ciccaloz | 12/20/2013

    " il miglior romanzo italiano del '900 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 12/13/2013

    " This book stunned me with Mr Lampedusa's vivid descriptions, insights into the human heart, and the manner in which he understood not only his characters, but the world in which each of them moved. This is a masterpiece I will read again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Parin | 12/3/2013

    " Its a one of the best books i have ever read. Its pace is bit slow but it just grows on you. The charaterization of the king is immaculate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 10/16/2013

    " The movie with Burt Lancaster is playing at the end of August at the fine arts museum, so I'm going to try to have the book read by then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 4/21/2013

    " This classic novel, which begins in Sicily on the eve of Garibaldi's invasion in 1860, provides a portrait of the Sicilian character. It is also a study of how one noble family reacts to the changing order. Densely written; close attention must be paid to appreciate the language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paddy | 2/27/2013

    " After hearing of this books for years, I finally read it. I was expecting something more literary, more symbolic. Then I watched the film w/ Burt Lancaster. It's surprisingly true to the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leann | 9/2/2012

    " Be sure you get the English version unless you are fluent in Italian. This is a wonderful classic & great read. You can also find the film with Burt Lancaster - dubbed in English! But, not as much fun as the book. (But, of course, that is usually my opinion!) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason Hensel | 12/25/2011

    " Slow and plodding and...let's face it...boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Veronica | 12/17/2011

    " I re-read this and found it quite boring and too machist, I think a book you read once only to understand those times a bit (plus the language is refined) but the second one was a bit disappointing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 12/3/2011

    " Great book about an aristocratic Sicilian family during the time of the Risorgimento. Now to rewatch the film! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mckinley | 5/17/2011

    " Didn't really get it. A lot of Italian politics and noble family stuff "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Victoria | 5/10/2011

    " A struggle to get through. I know it's meant to be a classic, but even after finishing it I'm still not entirely sure what it's really all about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 4/26/2011

    " I'm not sure why it has such a high reputation. It did grow on me and was multi-layered: a political novel that was also comic and tragic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yoni | 4/22/2011

    " Has some unusually well written parts "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikee | 3/18/2011

    " This book has been critically acclaimed but it left me a bit cold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 3/8/2011

    " This is a great novel, but the film is even better. The sections at the end that were left out of the film version are interesting, but the film ends at the best moment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 3/3/2011

    " While the tranlation leaves alot to be desired, the story is very engrossing, and compelling for lovers of history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle | 2/20/2011

    " The main character is irritating and nothing much happens in this book. One star for an interesting discussion about provincial nineteenth century Italy clashing with the modern world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 1/21/2011

    " Interesting-unification of Italy in the mid 1800s-how it affected Sicily and the aristocrats-fiction-sl. autobiographical-a classic and so is the film which we saw when we returned from Sicily "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qi | 1/21/2011

    " A wonderfully written novel, capturing the fall flavor and flair of a time and place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissie | 1/1/2011

    " Good, but not good enough that I was moved to read the other two stories in the volume. "

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