Lampedusa

Lampedusa Review

In sun-drenched Sicily, among the decadent Italian aristocracy of the late 1950s, Giuseppe Tomasi, the last prince of Lampedusa, struggles to complete the novel that will be his lasting legacy, The Leopard. With a firm devotion to the historical record, Lampedusa leaps effortlessly into the mind of the writer and inhabits the complicated heart of a man facing down the end of his life, struggling to make something of lasting worth, while there is still time.

Achingly beautiful and elegantly conceived, Lampedusa is an intensely moving story of one man's awakening to the possibilities of life, intimately woven against the transformative power of a great work of art.

Title:Lampedusa
Edition Language:English

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  • Jaidee

    5 "languid, dignified, melancholy" stars !! Giuseppe Tomassi di Lampedusa was the last of his royal line. The prince of Lampedusa and the author of "the Leopard" the top selling novel in Italian histo...

  • TBV (on semi-hiatus)

    ”He had lived sixty years on this earth and his memories had grown up around him like a garden, so that he now could walk among them and reach out a hand and crush their leaves in his fingers for...

  • Charles

    Steven Price is a fresh face for me: I hadn't read By Gaslight when it came out, but I may want to fix this now. Not in 2020, an annus horribilis when everything Victorian or Victorian-inspired seems ...

  • Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun)

    The descriptions of Sicily in here are genuinely transporting, and this is one of those rare books that earns its sentimentality. Elegant and precise and very, very sad. ...

  • Krista

    The past seemed a great flowing passage through which his bloodline passed, back through the wastrel grandfathers and great-grandfathers, to the saints and holy men of the eighteenth century, to th...

  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)

    A very literary story - as in both it's a story about Giuseppe Tomasi and his writing of The Leopard and written in a literary style. This wasn't a book to race through, the story and style of writing...

  • Susan

    This is a fictionalized tale about a real historical figure, the writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. He only wrote one novel, The Leopard, which wasn't published until after his death but was celebra...

  • Allison ?hikes the bookwoods?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Price’s fictionalized account of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s final months is a pleasure to read. So many aspects of this book are notable: the style of writing, ...

  • Jeanette

    Cultural immersion coupled with deepest human emotions of memory.And yet so very sad. Crystal perceptions filtered through melancholic lens of your own vivid memories of a dying world. The world of yo...

  • Kathy

    I may not have been a good candidate to read this book as I have not read The Leopard nor have I seen the movie. But I liked the description of the book and it is a handsome book from Farrar, Straus a...