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GoodFellas (Bloomsbury Film Classics) by [Pileggi, Nicholas]
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GoodFellas (Bloomsbury Film Classics) Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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Welcome to the world of New York organised crime; of heists, extortion, family, gambling, molls and casual violence. This is the book that inspired the film, written by Nicholas Pileggi in 1985 and originally entitled Wiseguy. Martin Scorsese read it, contacted Pileggi who apparently "had been waiting for this phone call all my life", and between them they wrote the screenplay for the hugely popular 1990 movie. The resulting blend of snappy dialogue, snappier editing and superb ensemble acting tended to overshadow Scorsese's dubious ambivalence towards violence, but the audience was blown away more spectacularly than one of Tommy De Vito's victims.

Pileggi's book was written with Henry Hill, whose life it describes. The narrative switches between Pileggi, Hill, and Hill's wife Karen, all delivered with the smooth action of a well-polished Magnum. It proves utterly compelling, breathlessly serving up an action-fuelled life of criminal excess with Henry starting as an aspirant 12-year-old errand runner ("To be a wiseguy was better than being president of the United States. To be a wiseguy was to own the world"), and progressing to such a status within the Mob that when he is finally nailed he turns Federal witness to implicate his former cronies, a move that represents his only chance to save his family's necks. The irony for Hill is that his fictionalised life story has been seen by millions, but he cannot tell anyone without jeopardising his new identity, which means he gets "to live the rest of my life as a shnook". As a source the book runs very close to the film, and someone who know the film will find it hard not to picture Scorseses's stylised realisation as they read, while those who don't will discover a grittily related, authentically grim amorality tale of a life shot through with brutality and survivalist scheming that stands on its own without the Big Screen treatment. Surprisingly bleak. --David Vincent

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'Absolutely engrossing' New York Times 'The best book ever written on organised crime' Cosmopolitan 'A riveting account of organised crime as a way of life ... extraordinary' Publishers Weekly 'This book chronicles Hill's criminal successes ... smuggling, hijacking, union racketeering, credit card fraud, robbery, bribery, drug dealing, prison, marriage, and assorted girlfriends ... faithfully portrayed' Library Journal

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1035 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006072QQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Absolutely engrossing!

It's not the film, its the real story that the film was based on, and as it isn't constrained by running time, it fills in all of those annoying plot-holes from the film.

Very readable, even if you are not an aficionado of violent crime (which I'm not).
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I have seen the film many times and love it. I am delighted to say that this book just adds to the experience. It is well written and although the film kept close to the book, reading this just explained things and had more detail so that everything made sense. I highly recommend this book.
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One of my favourite movies just got better.

Lots more information on the ins & out of being a "GoodFella"

The movie only scratches the surface of the life of Henry Hill.

Lots more story's than the film actually shows.
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This was an enjoyable read but ultimately one of those rare ones in which the film was better. The only part I found a bit frustrating was that it sometimes just seemed to go on and on about the schemes he was running.
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I loved this book , well written could not put it down wish there was a part 2
seen the film several times but the book is a must have

The author wrote this well , looking to read more of this author
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Having seen the film many years ago I thought I would try the book. I'm glad I did. The book is very informative and almost makes you feel like you are there beside the author, experiencing what it is like being a 'Goodfella'. Henry Hill is the real deal and tells it like it is, honest insightful and eye opening. I couldn't put it down, excellent book to read.
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Since reading Goodfellas, I decided to read several other true 'wiseguys' stories, finding some equally great books. The best of which are Casino, by Nicholas Pileggi (which as you all know was made into the film starring Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone). That Nicholas Pileggi must have met some real charcters during his book writing career ! The other is Blow - How a small-town boy made $100 million with the Medellin Cartel and lost it all, by Bruce Porter (also made into a film starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz) If you liked Goodfellas, you'll love these 2 books. But I have to say Goodfellas remains the best.
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Having watched the film, I was pleased to find this book given out free in one of the film magazines I read. This is the true story of the rise and fall of Henry Hill in a New York Mafia crime family. The book was filmed as Good Fellas, one of my favourite films, and the book covers all the main incidents in the film and a lot of other stuff never covered.
This is a fantastic read for fans of True Crime, highly recommended!
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