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The Sicilian [Paperback]

Mario Puzo
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25 May 2000
Michael Corleone's exile in Sicily is ending, but on the instructions of his father, The Godfather, he must bring back to him the young man known as Salvatore Giuliano - if he can find him. At sea amid the treacheries of a brutal and unfamiliar land, Michael must find a way through the labyrinthine deceits that surround him, while Giuliano prepares himself for a final confrontation with Don Croce, Capo di Capi of the Sicilian Mafia. A novel of explosive suspense, heroic action - and evil on an epic scale. In the hands of Mario Puzo's brilliantly sinister talent, the reader comes to know again the terrible magic of the Mafia.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (25 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129108569
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129108562
  • ASIN: 0099414740
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An offer of evil and romance that cannot be refused" (Time)

"Even more alluring than the characters that made The Godfather a modern-day myth" (New York Daily News)

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The sequel to The Godfather

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed.... 12 Jan 2006
Format:Paperback
... that I have reached the end of this book. Having read The Godfather just prior to this I expected more of the story of Michael Corleone in Sicily.
Initially I was disappointed to see this really wasn't going to be the case, but what a fantastic read this is - so much better than The Godfather!
I can truly say this is a book where I feel I know the characters and what they are thinking, which is perhaps why it is so shocking. The story in this book is fantastic, the word-pictures of the scenery stunningly beautiful and the brutaility of bandit life stark - no punches held.
The Sicilian is utterly absorbing, taking you on a 7 year journey that seems to be over all too quickly; I was stunned by the ending - infact, I'm still shocked, but this is a book I will read again.
Without doubt this is the best book I have read in the last few years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the eye ache you will recieve. 13 April 2001
Format:Paperback
A typical, and classic, Puzo creation, based on a historical character. He mixes his favourite literate ingredients of love, friendship, honour and betrayal to create a Robin Hood esc tale giving a great incite into the history and culture of the isle of Sicily. A must for any Puzo fan, just don't watch the crummy film, it will ruin your enjoyment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
The Sicilian follows on from The Godfather.

Ostensibly it tells the story of Turi Guiliano, a sort of Sicilian Robin Hood but also fills in a bit of the back story of what happened to Michael Corleone during his time in Sicily. It is a standalone novel but does contain some Godfather spoilers, so if you intend to read that too then you should really read it first.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's not just a cracking gangster story, it's a lament for Sicily and the author's love of the place really shines through.

It's quite reminiscent of Hemingway's "For Whom The Bell Tolls" with very powerful masculine characters and a romantic hero fighting for his cause.

Overall - excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mafia = genius 19 Jan 2001
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Format:Paperback
The Sicilian once again demonstrates the cunningness of the Sicilian mafia. Don Croce fierce, respected, the chief of the Friends of the friends knows exactly what he is doing. The infamous Guiliano the Robin Hood of Sicilian country side respected like a son, but as dangerous as to Don Croce as the Socialists. Offers of friendship from the Don leads no where but to certain death.
The structure at first is quite difficult to get grasp of. But as the plot builds you will find yourself in tense story of love, betrayel heroism involving the strong Sicilian morals.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review 19 Mar 2005
Format:Paperback
Based on actual events of a Sicilian bandit- Salvatore Guiliano who in the early fourties led a resistance to the Roman Government and even the Mafioso. How accurate Puzo is with the facts of the legendary story requires research but none the less this book is an excellent read. The book is certainly not a sequel to the Godfather as the Corleone empire features very briefly. It is a puzzle that Guiliano is not more well known as he led a crusade very similar to Che Guevara. I cannot recommend this book enough, one of Puzo's best!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Power and Freedom 26 July 2000
Format:Paperback
As with all of Mario Puzos books, the fight for power and freedom shines through. Certainly this book shows you hand to hand battle for the rights of the Sicilians. Take Braveheart and you've got the idea of the determination of the leader of the pack. Justice is needed and over all power of his home land to protect his family and people, who are all helping and covering up for him, even if they are to die because of his decisions. But of course there are always the few who can't keep their silence, through revenge or bribes, our Braveheart is slowly being destroyed. A battle of emotions and will certainly make this book one that I couldn't put down.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The sicilian is an inspired work by Mario Puzo 25 April 2001
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Format:Paperback
The Sicilian is a great book that continues the legacy of the Godfather at a new pace, mario Puzo's vivid discription of sicily makes you want to jump on a plane and fly there, also his character descriptions are engrossing and seductive. This is definetely a must read for anyone whose read the godfather, and if you havent read it then read this!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sequel? 9 May 2001
Format:Paperback
The sequel to the better known novel 'the godfather' can be somewhat disappointing to somebody expecting the same relationship as the two films. In reality this second book drops the story begun previously and begins on a totally different plot. I can't help thinking that 'the Sicilian' was a story Puzo was going to write, and decided to introduce the Corleones to boost popularity. Viewed on it's own merits however it is still an excellent read. Puzo's storytelling ability is as good as ever and the storyline itself is intriguing and involving. It's exciting to see Corleone in a new environment and meet yet another hero of the same quality as Vito himself in Guiliano. Another side to the world of the mafia, especially interesting if you haven't learnt of the Sicilian people in any other media.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I read the godfather a few years ago which I thoroughly enjoyed but have never read another Mario Puzo book until now. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading
Good book. Worth Reading and arrived quickly
Published 27 days ago by Daniel Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sicilian
Stick with it during the first chapter to enjoy a great book with rich characters and vivid descriptions of Sicilian life customs and countryside.
Published 1 month ago by P. R. Dodgson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this story,
A good old fashioned yarn of bandits and heroes. I read a
It but this is my favourite work of fiction.
Published 2 months ago by Lycet500
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good but nowhere near as good as the Godfather
Never really got me hooked. I've read worse.

I can understand why this was never made into a film. thnaks
Published 3 months ago by Neil Cunniffe
5.0 out of 5 stars bought for kindle
Brilliant novel HAVE to keep reading one of mr puzos best ,would recommend to any one who likes this type of work
dave.
Published 3 months ago by david king
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Erudite, compelling, heartbreaking. I loved this book. It's too bad that a decent film, with telegenic Sicilian faces hasn't been made yet.
Published 4 months ago by Myawoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Brilliant read by Mario Puzo. The author of probably the greatest fictional mafia story ever!. A must read if like me you've read the Godfather!
Published 8 months ago by Brett Aldworth
4.0 out of 5 stars ALSO ENJOYABLE
I read The Sicilian, was also very good. & gave a nice flavour of life in an Italian village. I am looking forward to what book I will read next on Kindle.
Published 8 months ago by christine briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
I absolutely loved this book. If you enjoyed The Godfather then you will almost enjoy The Sicilian which is a spin-off of the Godfather. Read more
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