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Product details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099528126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099528128
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The narrative bowls along... to keep readers turning pages all the way to an explosive showdown." (Daily Mail)

"Here is all the classic material of Mafia mythology... spins a spell all its own" (The Times)

"The Godfather, one of the most entertaining and absorbing popular novels of the postwar period... Puzo's masterpiece" (Robert McCrum Observer)

"A splendid and distinguished blood saga of the Cosa Nostra, the American Mafia, and of the whirl created by five families of mafiosi at war in New York" (Sunday Times)

"Puzo's genius was to create a world so thick with personality and acknowledged rules of behaviour, along with its crime and violence, that reading his books becomes a seriously guilty pleasure" (New York Post)

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'Here is all the classic material of Mafia mythology ... spins a spell all its own.' (The Times)

'The narrative bowls along ... to keep [listeners going] all the way to an explosive showdown.' (The Daily Mail)

'The Godfather, one of the most entertaining and absorbing popular novels of the postwar period ... Puzo's masterpiece.' (The Observer)

'Puzo's genius was to create a world so thick with personality and acknowledged rules of behaviour, along with its crime and violence, that reading his books becomes a seriously guilty pleasure.' (The New York Post)

'A splendid and distinguished blood saga of the Cosa Nostra, the American Mafia, and of the whirl created by five families of mafiosi at war in New York.' (The Sunday Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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I couldnt put this book down, i found myself reading a lot more throughout the day and contantly thinking about the story. The characters and scenes in my head play a lot better than the film ever did (the joy of reading).

I've seen The Godfather movie and although i enjoyed it i couldnt stand part 2 (except for the young Vito flashbacks) and I didnt liek number 3. I learned that it's because the parts in the movie i enjoyed where the parts that came directly from the book. The book also covers parts that the film doesnt, what happens to Lucy Mancini? To Johnny Fontane? What's Albert Neri's background? You're in for a real treat when you buy this book.
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The Godfather was originally published in 1969 and the film of the same name was released shortly after in 1972.

The novel is based on the day to day life of a fictional crime family, Italian origin, based in New York.

Don Corleone is the boss, The Don, of two families; his own and his extended crime family. The lines are blurred between the two and a similar code of honour, loyalty and devotion running through both bonds them together until it's hard to distinguish the hierarchy of the characters on both sides. There's good and bad in all of them.

Corleone is a very dangerous man. He's dangerous in the most chilling of ways. He's completely devoted to his wife and his children but equally committed to 'family business' which reaches out to kill and extort. There's some great contrast worked into the novel from those angles. Family celebrations are no excuse not to hold court and deal with 'family business' in fact they can be the ideal cover. Sunshine on the outside but a heart of darkness within and there's some powerful scenery which opens up the novel to it's real theme; the story of a young man, Michael Corleone, and his battle with his father 'The Don'.

It's time for the old King to move aside and the young Prince to take over the throne. That's going to be one nasty fight and the repercussions will travel far and wide.

Despite their obvious respect and adoration there has to be an end to the family conflict and when it comes it's breathtaking. Michael has much to learn from an older, much wiser teacher.

I originally read this book in the 1970s and having just read it again I enjoyed it so much more second time around. Classic piece of writing. More than happy to recommend.
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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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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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