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The Godfather Paperback – 2 Jul 2009
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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)
'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 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.
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.
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.
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!
"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!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing read. I have read it long time ago in Bengali translation but didn't like it that much. Truly amazing read.Published 22 days ago by mohammed ahad
I read the book after watching the movies (which i love) so my review is aimed at people who are thinking of doing the same. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Smith
Loved the film from forty years ago, and loved the way the novel fleshed out the secondary characters, and added weight to the plot great read.Published 1 month ago by N. J. Crick
Bit slow to start as I'm obsessed it's the film but can't wait to read all the authors books nowPublished 2 months ago