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February (SECOND DATE) - World Book #14 - The Leopard, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa

Continuing our trip around the world, we're travelling a little farther south in Europe to Italy and Sicily for a journey into history with Guiseppe di Lampedusa's novel, The Leopard.


Set in the 1860s, The Leopard tells the spellbinding story of a decadent, dying Sicilian aristocracy threatened by the approaching forces of democracy and revolution. 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.

Although Giuseppe di Lampedusa had long had the book in mind, he began writing it only in his late fifties; he died at age sixty, soon after the manuscript was rejected as unpublishable. In his introduction, Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, Lampedusa's nephew, gives us a detailed history of the initial publication and the various editions that followed. And he includes passages Lampedusa wrote for the book that were omitted by the original Italian editors.

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  • Deepa Z.

    Sorry for the last minute notification, but given the very icy road conditions, I am going to postpone this meetup one week, to Wednesday, February 12. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. I can't guarantee next week will be any better, but hopefully we'll get a reprieve from the snow! Everyone stay warm and safe.

    1 · February 5, 2014

    • Jean G.

      Thanks, Deepa!

      February 5, 2014

  • Ingrid

    I have not been able to join you all for any of the book selections yet, but I hope to in march.

    February 4, 2014

  • Sharon

    I have not been able to get this book from the library. I have the book on hold and waiting to be able to pick it up. However, if I can get it in time for next Monday's meetup, I hope I can join that day. Thanks.

    February 3, 2014

  • Deepa Z.

    Please be on the lookout for updates regarding the date of this meetup. Due to poor weather, the Monday meetup was rescheduled by one week. I know the forecast is poor for Wednesday, so once it gets closer, I will let everyone know if it's going to be postponed or not. Thanks!

    February 3, 2014

  • Deepa Z.

    Hello everyone! The location of the meetup has been confirmed. We are meeting at Leonardo's II in Lawrenceville. It is on the south side of Route 1, south of 95, next to the Crystal Diner. The restaurant is BYOB, and I will be bringing some budget wine and beer, but people are welcome to bring something to share as well! Thanks!

    January 30, 2014

  • Michelle

    This will be the first one I'm missing since joining in 1/13! Monday 2/3 is my birthday and I will be celebrating in Jamaica! I'll still read the book.

    December 11, 2013

  • Carmen P.

    Will love to read again this wonderful book which I read in college while studying Italian Literature in the 70's. Looking forward to revisit it.

    December 5, 2013

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