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Bite the bullet,
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This review is from: Zibaldone: The Notebooks of Leopardi (Penguin Hardback Classics) (Hardcover)
I was rather daunted by the price when I first saw this reviewed and then saw a copy in a bookshop. £50 did seem rather a lot even for 2.5k pages. However, when Amazon brought the price down by about £20 I took the plunge. On dipping in and out of this book I can now say that the original price was still worth it. This is a marvellous insight into a great mind which flows over so many different topics with grace and confidence. Even the sections where the sentences are long and rambling are revealing of Leopardi working through a particular train of thought in a diverting way. The publishers are bringing out a paperback in September 2014, but I would advise that you seriously think about buying the hardback. The paper is very thin, but of good quality, and I had the feeling that such a large paperback would begin to fall apart after some reading (although Penguin may decide on a two volume edition to cope with this, I wouldn't bet on it.) Buy and enjoy.