The Godfather: The Lost Years Mass Market Paperback – 29 Sep 2005
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"He (Winegardner) has done an excellent job and, though he is standing on the shoulders of a giant, The Lost Years is in some respects an improvement on its model" (The Telegraph)
"The Godfather Returns is not only a real book by a real writer. It's also a real pleasure, a fine, swirling epic - bitter, touching, funny and true ... Winegardner has not squandered his inheritance" (New York Times Book Review)
"The measure of his success is quickly apparent ... he brilliantly recreates the vivid, pungent prose style of Puzo's original" (Daily Express)
The acclaimed sequel, authorised by Mario Puzo's Estate, to the bestselling The Godfather.See all Product Description
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But quite simply, there's barely anything going on throughout. We have to endure Fredo's disgusting love life, some tedious errands for Tom Hagen, and - who cares? - the marital difficulties of Francesca Corleone, daughter of Sonny. The blurb promises a "cold war" between Michael and Nick Geraci. I do not exagerrate when I say, 19 chapters of this book elapse before Geraci even recognises Michael as an enemy. His "war," his "plan," consists of one "move," that cheatingly affects something we've already seen in The Godfather part II. Only three words spring to mind: "Was that it?"
The characters act normally, but have nothing to do. And like Puzo, Mark Winegardner focuses on too many characters that matter too little. There are no scenes of iconic violence, all too much detailed sex (do we really need to know where large-nosed Louie "The Face" Russo got his name?), and far too little of anything that made The Godfather work.
Throughout reading, I was worried this would boil down to the excited-but-pointless realm of fan-fiction. It is even less.
If your motivation is the same you'll be disappointed, but probably finish the book out of pure curiosity as to where Winegardner will go next.
In this novel, Fredo Corleone plays a more central role giving you more insight into his motivations.
There is a lot of padding, the inclusion of unnecassary incidental characters from the family and a lot of recapping the original Godfather story (I guess for the benefit of anyone new to the franchise). I found it easy to skip several pages at a time without losing anything, unlike with any Puzo novel.
The "Jeffrey Archer" element is the blatant inclusion of real-life American history, such as the Kennedy family, events during their time in office and the inclusion of Sinatra's "rat pack" - although thinly guised and the actual mention of both Al Capone and Andy Warhol. This loses something from the more subtle ambiguity of the Johnny Fontane character in the original. The attempt to make it an all inclusive Archer-type blockbuster doesn't work for me.
One wonders if any of this novel is based upon ideas of Puzo he never had time to put into a novel or whether Wineberger had largely a free reign. Whichever, Wineberger's writing style does not sit comfortably with the Godfather's legacy/franchise.
In conclusion the Puzo estate "sold out the old man!" on this one.
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A great read, if you liked the Godfather then you should read this one. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and can't wait to get started on the next in the series.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
I have given this 5 stars as - I loved that it was a gift that was wanted for an awkward person!!
I can't comment on the content as it was a gift and as such I didn't read it.
This book fitted in perfectly with the Godfather films (first and second), explaining the deaths of Clemenza and Tessio more clearly as well as filling out the roles of Sonny's... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gary
I love mario Puzo, one summer read all his books
they are all amazing
I love the Godfather which makes me want to devour any aditional information to the films so that is what got this a three star yet this book feels very unlike the godfather... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joe C