The Leopard is set in Sicily in the 1860s at the time of the unification of the Italian states and in the midst of sweeping political and social upheaval. The book centres on a Sicilian nobleman, Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina, and his family.
A central theme of the novel is how individuals and societies respond to change and it contains the famous words of the Prince - "If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change."
John Roskam and Andrew Bolt discuss the book, the life of Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa and what the message of change means to the world today.
Bonus Episode: On Reading 10 Great Books
Episode 10: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Episode 9: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Episode 8: The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth
Episode 7: The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
Episode 6: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Episode 5: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Episode 4: Zorba The Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
Episode 3: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Episode 1: Bleak House by Charles Dickens
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