The Leopard, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Arion Press (2014)

{Ed. Note: Much of the text describing the story is taken from an earlier Books and Vines review of the same story, in that instance from an edition from the Limited Editions Club.} Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s The Leopard is considered one of the most important Italian novels ever written, in addition to being the top-selling novel in Italian history. It is certainly one of the greatest historical  novels in … Continue reading The Leopard, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Arion Press (2014)

The Day of the Locust, by Nathanael West, Arion Press (2013)

The Day of the Locust is frequently considered the best novel ever written about Hollywood. It takes place during the Great Depression and highlights that non-glamerous side of Hollywood including the desperation, false hopes, seediness and failure that permeates the industry for most who go there to follow their dreams. Author Nathanael West (1903-1940) was not well-known in his lifetime, dying in a car accident soon … Continue reading The Day of the Locust, by Nathanael West, Arion Press (2013)