10% done with The Leopard

If I didn’t know any better I would have assumed the book had been written not long after the events that take place. The novel feels authentic in its setting and time, the main character, Don Fabrizio Corbera, feels genuine, as if he stepped right out of a troubled 19th century.

I love the attention to detail: the dead soldier under the lemon tree, Bendicò, the desert that looks like a castle.