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THE GODFATHER. [Paperback]

Mario. Puzo
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  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin; New Ed edition (1998)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0749309466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749309466
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 667,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 8 Aug 2001
The Godfather is a powerful story not just of the mafia underworld, but of family, of power and the corruption that so often follows it, and of a great, yet dangerous man, Don Corleone. The mafia dealings are not a vital component of the story, often just referred to as "family business", but all that isn't necessary to understand the workings of the Corleone family. It is very difficult not to admire the power of the Godfather as well as his devotion to his family, and one can but sympathise with Michael as he tries to step into his father's shoes, finding that they simply do not fit. The story shows a great knowledge of the American mafia without glorifying it, with an ending to prove this point. Not only Puzo's finest novel by far, but fiction's finest gangster story, and undoubtedly among the finest works of fiction of the twentieth century.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely entertaining and a joy to read. 31 Mar 2012
I couldnt put this book down, i found myself reading a lot more throughout the day and contantly thinking about the story. The characters and scenes in my head play a lot better than the film ever did (the joy of reading).

I've seen The Godfather movie and although i enjoyed it i couldnt stand part 2 (except for the young Vito flashbacks) and I didnt liek number 3. I learned that it's because the parts in the movie i enjoyed where the parts that came directly from the book. The book also covers parts that the film doesnt, what happens to Lucy Mancini? To Johnny Fontane? What's Albert Neri's background? You're in for a real treat when you buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why have I only just read this? 8 Oct 2011
From the first pages to the last I struggled to put this down, just one more page then I'll turn the light off, ok, one more, well I might as well finish this chapter.

The way Mario Puzo matures Michael Corleone is extraordinary. My interest in Michael's 'destiny' correlated perfectly with his progress towards becoming a Don. Whilst Michael follows his path, the other character's stories play out intriguingly, keeping me interested and connected throughout.

If you haven't read this, read it now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insane how good this is. 18 May 2012
I'd been itching to watch the films for ages and decided I'd read the book first of all. I'm glad I did. Without a doubt this is a masterpiece of epic proportions. Take a bow Mario Puzo. I've grew up seeing this Don Corleone as a cultural icon and never really understanding why. I get it now. Without a shadow of a doubt one of the greatest characters ever created.

"What manner of men are we then, if we do not have reason. We are all no better than beasts in the jungle if that were the case."

Enough said. I'll read this book until the pages fall out. Absolutley Awesome!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Nov 2011
This was bought for me as a birthday present one year and books aren't normally my thing, so I was slightly sceptical at first about bothering to read it. Seen as though I'm a big fan of the films I thought I'd give it a go, an maybe read through the first 20 pages. After the first 20 i really started to get into it and I couldn't put the book down, totally hooked.

The book itself covers the film The Godfather I and Michael's story from the Godfather II. With the large list of characters involved in story, I felt the book helped me to understand how some of the some of the secondary characters fit into the story. Giving me a better overall understanding of the films.

Very enjoyable even for someone that wasn't a book person before this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Question 3 Jun 2013
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The question probably everyone reading these reviews is asking: Is this book as good as the film?

The book certainly gives more depth to the brilliant story, with greater character development, as more background is given to even the more minor characters such as Luca Brasi, and the history of how mafioso came to be is explained, giving a greater understanding of the organisation.

However, I don't think I would have enjoyed the novel as much if it wasn't for the magnificent actors, sets and music that helped bring the story to life so well.

Therefore, my answer would be that the book and the film compliment each other beautifully, making neither better than the other.

We all know the film is a must-see but without doubt, what should also be known, is that this book is a must-read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 14 May 2012
By jo
Fantastic book. I re-read this recently and enjoyed it just as much reading it for a second time. The story focuses on the Italian mafia and it is a bit gory in parts. It is very fast paced and the characters are brilliant. The films are great but the books are even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Modern Great 24 April 2012
By JakeG
Mario Puzo's control and development of character is what sets him apart from other authors and what has lead to The Godfather becoming the stand out novel of its generation. The development of Michael Corleone is astounding, and something that has not been replicated by any other author of this generation. Michael progresses and culminates in one of the most imposing and powerful character profiles in history.

I wholeheartedly recommend this novel to anyone as it is the only book I have finished and then turned to the front page and started again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The God father
Okay I concede it is a good book. I resisted seeing the films for many years. and now I have read the book. Story over.
Published 6 days ago by Ms Linda Louisa Dell
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
It's a classic, to say more would be criminal. But no, Amazon insist on more words, I'll have to make them an offer they can't refuse!
Published 1 month ago by Deej61
5.0 out of 5 stars This chicklit fan is a convert!
I picked up this book because I wanted to watch the film and a lot of people said it's hard to follow in places so I thought I'd read the book first. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Princesspink
5.0 out of 5 stars Godfather
Third time of reading ,still a fantastic story . Pump seems to have captured the essence of "Family"life
Surely this is the way it really was
Published 1 month ago by andrew moffat
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Lucy Mancini's medical problems aside, this book is excellent.Just buy it! You won't be disappointed. You've seen the film, now read the book.
Published 1 month ago by Gladdo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
Very good indeed and well written. I will certainly be reading the next one. It is so realistic I find it hard to believe it is fictional. Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by John Wilkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant
A very powerful well written, maybe the mafia have it right no trouble and respect something we have lost sad
Published 2 months ago by Virginia Gamble
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Novels Ever Written
A wonderfully crafted story of love, hate, trust and betrayal, that has you liking and endorsing the actions of the hardest man in organised crime.
Published 3 months ago by Les Brock
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Never seen the film, and heard good things about the book. Things I'm certain I would of missed if I had watched the film. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Harj
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
where do you start when you talk about the godfather,the movie adaptation is arguably more well known than the book it's based on. Read more
Published 3 months ago by liam cook
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