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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,386 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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