The story of an aristocratic family in Sicily, whose fortunes are rapidly fading, is considered one of the best historical novels ever written. Sicilian society, Don Fabrizio and his family, are all so vividly portrayed, as is their crumbling home and lifestyle. A superb movie version, Visconti’s glorious 1963 film starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale is still delightful to watch today.
Travel with me to this ancient island, learn more about Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (one of the best-read men in the history of the world), and delve into a rich, thought-provoking, and memorable story that is now regarded as one of the great books of the 20th century.
In the novel we see the Prince having to choose between the age-old traditions of his class, and breaking those traditions in order to ensure his family’s survival. It’s a story of decay, mortality, loss of power and money, and the impact of political systems. There’s the inevitability of the family’s decline and yet, as readers, we watch it happen with sorrow.
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