Lakeview Book Club: The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa

Cover of The Leopard by Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

The October choice for The Lakeview Book Club of The Leopard by Guiseppe di Lampedusa is the best selling Italian novel of all tme. Published posthumously in 1958, it traces the twilight of the aristocracy in Sicily during the Risorgimento, the movement to unite Italy into one kingdom after the fall of Napoleon. This novel is considered one of the 10 best historical novels of all time. The outstanding work traces the consequences for all concerned as the peasant class take over the world of the wealthy leaders of society.

Filled with exquisite details and finely drawn characters, the novel ultimately deals with the agonizing process of change.  One charater states that, "If we want things to stay as they are, Things will have to change."

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