Sunday, April 14, 2013
With three votes our next read will be:
The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Set in the 1860s on the island of Sicily, this Italian classic re-creates with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento, when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. The dramatic sweep and richness of observation, the seamless intertwining of public and private worlds, and the grasp of human frailty imbue The Leopard with its particular melancholy beauty and power, and place it among the greatest historical novels of our time.
To cope with the May bank holidays I'm going to suggest we all post reviews on 8th June.
There's plenty of editions of the book available and it's widely available from libraries and secondhand. Happy reading!
Posted by Alex in Leeds at 8:44 AM