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The Leopard 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Giuseppe di Lampedusa (1896 - 1957)

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LilyB February 28th, 2006 07:34 PM PST

"The Leopard" has been called the "Gone with the Wind" of Italian literature (though it's much shorter) but it's a far greater novel , and deserves to be much better known in the U.S. than it is. The story of a fading aristocratic family in the late 19th century -- and its aging prince, the Leopard of the title -- it is the kind of beautiful, sweeping historical novel that irresistibly draws readers in.


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