The Godfather
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather
ISBN: 0451167716
EAN13: 9780451167712
Language: English
Pages: 576
Dimensions: 1.4" H x 7.3" L x 4.3" W
Weight: 0.66 lbs.
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Mario Puzo's classic saga of an American crime family that became a global phenomenon--nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.

With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, The Godfather burned its way into our national consciousness. This unforgettable saga of crime and corruption, passion and loyalty continues to stand the test of time, as the definitive novel of the Mafia underworld.

A #1 New York Times bestseller in 1969, Mario Puzo's epic was turned into the incomparable film of the same name, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the original classic that has been often imitated, but never matched. A tale of family and society, law and order, obedience and rebellion, it reveals the dark passions of human nature played out against a backdrop of the American dream.

With a Note from Anthony Puzo and an Afterword by Robert J. Thompson

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   Truly wonderful book!
The book was similar to the movie in which you wanted it to be. The only thing, and I must stress this is not a complaint, but an observation that Puzo spent a lot of time with ancillary characters. He divided the book into sections, Parts One through Nine, and dedicates one whole part to Johnny Fontane and his buddy Nino Valentine. He also dedicates a few chapters to Jules and her boyfriend Lucy. He develops these characters as though he means to use them and then does not. These things don't detract from the book, but keep you looking left at the pages because you think there will be more. Otherwise, this is a brilliant reading experience! ''
   The ultimate hard-boiled gangster novel (and a discussion of state power vs. private Mafia power)
The ultimate hard-boiled gangster novel is the ultimate novel. A fascinating glimpse into the criminal underworld of the United States between 1930 and 1950 and an interesting insight into the alternative worldview and morality of the Mafia. The Don's insistence that one should rely on powerful friends and connections rather than the state for protection, justice and so on makes you think that a modern Western state is really just the rule of the law. The book offers a much more comprehensive sweep of characters, their biography and psychology than the films, but the films also include a lot of things not covered in the book. This novel has here and there both a lot of serious qualities and a quite speculative pulp fiction feel. A great summer read in South Italy!
   The greatest American novel of all time
Truly a work that cries out for more than five stars. The Godfather is without peer as a story of an American family. Vito Andolini comes from Corleone to America and supports his family in the only way left open for him. His sons alternately adore and emulate him. He can not live up to his greatness and reject and rebuke him, and cannot live up to his greatness. His world becomes theirs inevitably. It would be a special treat for those who know the story only as a film. Don 't be misled by the movie, as great as it is pales in comparison to the book. This is a book to read and reread. Each time I have gone through it, I find more. Additional layers and additional items to consider include : It will make the most beautiful plane ride pass more quickly or make the most boring beach in the world more comfortable. After dozens of times it is a most valued travel companion.
   Comments from a reader
This is a good novel by Mafia. I liked the mafia combat scenes ''. There are no modern scenes that have drawn out this novel, and this novel has a good pace.
   So good!
This is a must read if you enjoyed the movies. Beautifully written and absolutely engrossing. Despite the fact that the characters are criminals, I took some lessons on family and justice.
   Excellent but quite racist
Loved the movie had never read the book. I knew they had strong feelings towards black people, but hearing Albert Neri's thoughts of black people on top of Detroit Don was a bit more than I would have liked. Keeping in mind the time that this book was written for I love the book all the same. Shame has its racist dialogue to spoil it at times.
   A great read
Though this book has been published for half a century, this was the first time that I read it. It has a great plot, great characters and is very well written. Definitely in my top 25 books.
   Missing pages!
Finally I had the opportunity to read this book, only to discover that the pages were missing! It jumps from 228 to 245! The scenery was very disappointing!
   "I believe in America. America's made my fortune."
I saw the film in high school, but not in its entirety. I still remember Don Vito Corleone's charismatic portrayal of Marlon Brando. Years later, I got curious about the original material from the source, and I read it. Throughout the reading, I often imitated Don when reading the spoken words of Brando. Some fun huh? Anyway, THE GODFATHER took me as it would take anyone into a world of those who break the law just to survive, if not for power. And even in this world, there are those like the Don who are sophisticated and those like the Tattaglias who are masculine. There are those who see people only and those who see enemies everywhere. It is also a world that brings tragedy not only metaphysically, but physically as well. An example of such is Don's youngest son, Michael. Mario Puzo delivers something from where he had been or at least from where he had heard from... even though he had been there. And then we have to tip our hats to him.
   Long time coming
This is the story of the Corleone family - the Mafia. Don Vito Corleone is the most powerful mafia boss in New York City. Tragedy strikes, and the Don's sons - Sonny and Michael - need to take over the family operation. The Corleones are desperate to hold on to their power in New York, but it proves difficult. The Corleone Sons try to get the other Mafia Dons together to keep the peace, but find that this isn 't as easy as their father made it look. This was a pretty good book. It is a bit surprising that I have never read it before considering its popularity. There are a lot of characters and a lot of side stories that make it a slow read. Don 't mistake that for a slow story it takes time and patiences - not a story you can really skip or skim over. I am sure I read the next several books in the series, but I am not sure that I will make this year. I was not drawn by the end of the book to see what came next. So we will see.