What are your thoughts on Il Gattopardo? The novel or the film or both? The last book I really read was a biography of Pope Pius IX so I thought The Leopard would be a good related book to read. I saw the film and thought it was wonderful and tragic so now I want to read the Novel which was very popular in Italy. Before I read it, I was looking for thoughts from others. I am sure some of you here must have read it.
is one of the few novels of the twentieth century that is arguably a great work of literature. I would commend it to you or to any adult with an appreciation for literature as an art form. It is not a commercially popular page-turner.
The film in its longest available form is a remarkable piece of work, not least for its faithfulness to the book, at least in narrative terms. (That is to say, no film can convey the subtleties and reflective elements present in this or any other great work of fiction.) As was true for all but one of the film adaptations of Wuthering Heights
, however, Visconti's movie ends long before the novel does—specifically, at a point roughly two-thirds of the way through the book.