I was compelled to read Giuseppe Di Lampedusa's elegant novel, The Leopard (1959), after seeing Lucino Visconti's excellent film version of the novel. It was exposed in the extras that Visconti followed the novel very faithfully, but omitted some chapters for the film version. It is a novel that herald's the end of an of feudalism at the birth of a new Italy when Garibaldi and his forces land in Sicily and establish the new united Italy under the tricolor. The main protagonist the Prince of Salina Don Fabrizio is last of a fading generation that is giving way to more modern types like his beloved nephew Tancredi, whose union with the beautiful Angelica, who is not of the royal class, shows the future of Italy. It is a grand, epic, poetic novel about a turning point in history in modern Europe.