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New York, The Italian-American boss Vito Corleone, during the celebrations for his daughter's wedding, agrees to meet some Italian emigrants that ask for his help. With a simple and straightforward style, Puzo manages to masterfully describe a series of intricate and temporally shifted events, involving the reader and maintaining high levels. With a simple and straightforward style, Puzo manages to masterfully describe a series of intricate and temporally shifted events, involving the reader and maintaining high levels of suspense. It comes out the best cross-section of the Italian-American subculture never done before, and probably never equaled.

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New York, The Italian-American boss Vito Corleone, during the celebrations for his daughter's wedding, agrees to meet some Italian emigrants that ask for his help. With a simple and straightforward style, Puzo manages to masterfully describe a series of intricate and temporally shifted events, involving the reader and maintaining high levels.

With a simple and straightforward style, Puzo manages to masterfully describe a series of intricate and temporally shifted events, involving the reader and maintaining high levels of suspense. It comes out the best cross-section of the Italian-American subculture never done before, and probably never equaled.

The wisdom of Don Vito Corleone is disarming, it arouses feelings of respect also in the readers, making the godfather one of the most charismatic characters ever. Il boss italo-americano Vito Corleone, durante i festeggiamenti per il matrimonio della figlia, acconsente a dare udienza ad alcuni emigrati italiani che invocano il suo aiuto.

Con uno stile semplice ed asciutto, Puzo riesce a descrivere in maniera magistrale una serie di eventi intricati e temporalmente sfasati, coinvolgendo il lettore e mantenendo altissimi i livelli di suspense. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Godfather by Mario Puzo. Robert Thompson Introduction. Peter Bart Afterword. The Godfather—the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenon. Almost fifty years ago, a classic was born.

A searing portrayal of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and their powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor. The seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and The Godfather—the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenon. The seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and the allegiance to family—these are the themes that have resonated with millions of readers around the world and made The Godfather the definitive novel of the violent subculture that, steeped in intrigue and controversy, remains indelibly etched in our collective consciousness.

Get A Copy. Paperback , US , pages. More Details Original Title. The Godfather 1 , Mario Puzo's Mafia. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Godfather , please sign up. I'm apprehensive about reading this book. This is typically a genre I wouldn't read not to mention I haven't seen the trilogy but I know it's a classic best-seller.

Why should I read the book? What should I take away from the book? Why do you recommend it to me? Manohar Read it for the quotes.. Read it to know how composed a man needs to be when faced with unfavorable circumstances..

Read it to understand how defeat c …more Read it for the quotes.. Read it to understand how defeat can be faced among peers and personally.. Read it so that the movies make more sense when you watch them later.. Read it with a pen and paper handy to keep jotting down the wisdom that is imparted by the author through Vito Corleone's quotes..

What is sequel and prequel to mario puzo's Godfather novels? Currently now I am reading the 'Godfather'. Want to know which book I should pick after I am done reading this?

Please guide me. Lawand In , Puzo's literary sequel to The Godfather was published. Entitled The Sicilian, it chronicles the life of "Giuliano" Salvatore Giuliano but the Corleone family is featured heavily throughout, Michael Corleone in particular. A further sequel by Winegardner, The Godfather's Revenge, was released in The sequel novels continue the story from Puzo's novel.

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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Godfather. Jun 16, Brina rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , historical-fiction , family-saga , mafia , classics , crime , thriller. Mario Puzo wrote The Godfather, a book that was to become an instant classic, at a time when both his personal life and that of the United States were in transition. Puzo's first two novels had not sold well, and he was almost penniless.

A young, up and coming author, Puzo sought to write his version of the great American novel that would also work well on the silver screen. Meanwhile, in a time of war, the nation was beginning to view the mafia rather than Cowboys as the great American hero.

Ac Mario Puzo wrote The Godfather, a book that was to become an instant classic, at a time when both his personal life and that of the United States were in transition. According to afterward author Peter Bart, America's perception of the mafia as positive citizens is what allowed Puzo to thrust The Godfather into the forefront of American society.

As someone who has never experienced the award winning film starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, Don Corleone and the world he created were new to me. Vito Corleone had immigrated from Sicily to New York in the early s, and, after a few lucky breaks, quickly established himself as one of the leaders of the crime underworld. Using his olive oil import business as a cover to make himself look like a law abiding citizen, Don Corleone's empire grew through his connections with politicians, police, and other officials.

Along with his consigliere and caporegimes, Corleone instilled respect and fear into those who dared go against the most powerful mafia family in the nation.

Being a mafiosa has its costs, however. Corleone's wife through forty years of marriage was never able to be his equal partner. The mafia and everything that went with it was kept secret and separate from family life.

Crimes split apart families, forged both likely and unlikely alliances, and one never knew who he could trust. Despite the awe with which people viewed the Don, even he did not feel safe outside of his self-made mall fortress on Long Island.

As a result even his wife, daughter-in-law, and especially son-in-law were kept out of the business that was to remain for all times in the family. The one protagonist who questioned the function of the mafia yet never wavered in his support of his family was the Don's youngest son Michael. A war hero and Dartmouth educated, Michael Corleone desired that his future children and grand children would be lawyers, bankers, maybe even the president, rather than have to go into the family business.

The two experience unconditional love yet even Kay, an Ivy League educated woman of the baby boom generation, is not told everything that occurs within the business. Like his father before him, Michael Corleone differentiates his marriage from his place in the family business. As a Chicagoan, I always associated the mafia with Al Capone, the top Italian crime lord of the city.

Viewed in a negative light, Capone alone was responsible for outsiders negative perception of Chicago for many years. Even Puzo and Don Corleone view Capone as an outlier, a crazy who is not invited to be part of the national network of Dons.

In Don Corleone, Mario Puzo has created a persona who shifts people's views of the role of the mafia. While there might be killings in revenge on occasion, the Don assists his people in a time of need in the role of an inner city Italian Robin Hood.

Some of the activities may be illegal, yet they are overlooked as even rival crime families view Don Vito Corleone with nothing but the utmost respect and reverence. Following The Godfather's debut on screen, Mario Puzo never again rose to a high level of prominence. He was known as an extension of the character he created and often asked to impart words of wisdom on the Don's behalf.

After three sequels, including the second part which also garnered awards, Puzo's ground breaking work lead to generations of mafia and crime family movies, most recently the Sopranos.

Yet, there would be no Tony Soprano if Mario Puzo had not created Vito Corleone and his world, changing people's views of the mafia. I rate this captivating, game changing novel 4. Afterward: After viewing the movie for the first time, I am impressed how closely it stuck to the book down to the minutest detail.

For a three hour movie, the scenes moved quickly leaving me captivated and on edge. I found the acting to be stellar, especially Don Corleone himself Marlon Brando.

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