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The Godfather: The Lost Years Mass Market Paperback – 29 Sep 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (29 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099465477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099465478
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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The acclaimed sequel, authorised by Mario Puzo's Estate, to the bestselling The Godfather.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Think it should be pointed out that these two books are in fact the same book with different covers
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By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I never thought I'd look at 1/2 star reviews, and feel comforted that I wasn't the only one. The Lost Years answers one or two trivial questions (how did Clemenza die? How was Fredo tempted to treachory? What happened to Tessio?) left by the original novel and film. And it does so in the same style as Puzo, with narration that dips into the characters' thoughts quickly, cleverly.
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.
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I was attracted to this book, given a long personal interest in the Godfather franchise and Mario Puzo's work.
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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By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Much of this book is irrelevant padding.It comes nowhere near Puzo's original for excitement and pace.
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i thought this book was great it had a sense of humour which i feel added a new dimension to it, people reviewing this book said it didn't talk about the death of clemenza, well their book must've had a few pages stuck together as it does have that scene, it goes into others peoples perspectives about events during the second film and we see things clearer.
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While I wasn't expecting the brilliance of Mario Puzo, I was hoping that Mark Winegardner might be able to provide some of the magic. But if you're looking for even a small taste of Puzo's gift for character motivations, character history, character development, dialogue or lyrical prose, move on because you won't find it in The Godfather Returns. While the basic story wasn't bad, the overall standard was poor.
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Only about a third of the way into the book. Although the violence and characters are there it lacks the sombre more sinister approach of the genuine Puzo work. Pleasant enough read though. I would read other books by the same author.
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Whilst a good book, it would help if there had been a warning that The Godfather Returns is the American printing and is exactly the same book as The Godfather The Lost Years otherwise you will end up making the same mistake I did and purchase both books.
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