The Book Beat Reading Group Selection for August is The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa. The Reading Group will meet at The Goldfish Teahouse (17 W 4th St #101, Royal Oak) on Wednesday, August 26 at 7pm. Books are discounted 15% at Book Beat. All are welcome!
“The genius of its author and the thrill it gives the reader are probably for all time.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“if we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change” –di Lampedusa
“A masterwork . . . A superb novel in the great tradition and the grand manner.”—Newsweek
“A majestic, melancholy, and beautiful novel.”—The New Yorker
“If there is one novel everyone agrees you have to read before you go to Sicily, it’s not Mario Puzo’s doorstop The Godfather; it’s a far slimmer volume – The Leopard by the aristocratic author Giuseppe di Lampedusa.” Travel to the home of Lampedusa.
Giuseppe di Lampedusa was an Italian author, duke of Palma, and prince of Lampedusa. The Leopard is his only completed novel, which was masterfully adapted by Luchino Visconti into the 1963 film version starring Burt Lancaster. Born into the Sicilian aristocracy, Lampedusa served as an artillery officer during World War I. After his capture and imprisonment in Hungary, he escaped and returned to Italy on foot. After a nervous breakdown precluded the diplomatic career to which he had aspired, he devoted himself to an intensely private life of intellectual activity, reading in several languages, discussing literature with a small group of friends, and writing for his own enjoyment. Although Giuseppe di Lampedusa had long had the The Leopard in mind, he began writing it only in his late fifties; he died at age sixty, soon after the manuscript was rejected as unpublishable.