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THE GODFATHER. Paperback – 1998


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  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin; New Ed edition (1998)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0749309466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749309466
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D-Hutch 2011 on 3 Nov 2011
Format: Paperback
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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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By lanswats@livjm.ac.uk on 8 Aug 2001
Format: Paperback
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. J. PITT on 8 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 26 Feb 1999
Format: Hardcover
The GODFATHER is a real astonishing novel written by Mario Puzo. my parents told me how much the film was real great, but i liked to read the novel first to get the general idea. And it has been a week since i've borrowed the godafther. it's really great, i started to share the personalities their feelings, and get more closer to mafia life style. the godfather's character is strange and cool, you like his personality, even though he's a mafia don, but the way he deals with the family and friends make him a real godfather... i like the novel very much, and if no one read it till now, he should, because it's really great and deals with every age, you can read as a suspense novel, or get closer to the person's pscychology. READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jonny123 on 18 May 2012
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have always had a strange, obsession, if you will, with the Mafioso. When I saw the movies "The Godfather" parts 1, 2, and 3, I knew that I had to read the book! It left me speechless. Although there were many parts in the book that weren't in the movies, I felt that I had just fallen into the latter 1940's in New York! Mario Puzo is the master at telling stories, I have never read anything better than this. I do recommend, however, that if you do intend on reading the book AND seeing the movies, that you see the movies first, because like moet movies based on books, there are SO many details in the book that aren't in the movies. If you are as fascinated with the Cosa Nostra as I am, this book is an absolute MUST READ, and I do think that you'll enjoy it a lot!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harpo-Son on 4 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
I have given this item 5 stars for the content - which is nothing short of incredible. It is just a brilliant book.
Unfortunately, my copy fell apart within days. It started with just one page falling loose, then whole chunks until, eventually, I had to read the book in the 'volumes' it had separated itself into. I used the cover as a folder for the rest. I don't know if I was just unlucky or if there is a problem with this particular edition. Amazon were great and refunded the cost of the book - so no complaints.
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Format: Hardcover
I read three books recently, two were by Louis LaAmour an the third was by Mario Puzo. The books by Louis LaAmour were, Heller With A Gun and Man From The Broken Hills. The Godfather was the book by Mario Puzo.At first thought, it doesn't seem like the two authors would have much in common. LaAmour writes western and Puzo's book is about the Mafia. This was not the case, the two authors actually had a lot of things in common. Although only the stories by LaAmour took place in the same time period, all three books portrayed one common theme. Power. Who has it and how to obtain it. In Man from the broken hills, powerful cattle ranches are fighting over a range and stolen cattle. In the Godfather, Powerful families are fighting for power of the Mafia underworld in the United States. In the books by LaAmour, he tunes in on about four characters and there is one hero. Puzo prefers to show all of his characters. LaAmour made his charaters seem almost in human, they could do wrong. Puzo on the otherhand, made his characters very life like. As I said before, the stories were about power and the ways that men obtain it. In the old west, a man won his battle when he killed his enemy, the same was true with the Mafia, they won when the opponent was dead. The only difference is the who did the killings. The guys in the west would do it themselves and the Mafia bosses would have their employees do it. The similarity is that both kinds of executions would be done in public where peole would see and hear about them. This was a display of power. Both writers have a problem getting to the point, they beat around the bush until you get bored, then BAM! they wake you up with a sudden twist.Read more ›
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