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Prizzis Honor Mass Market Paperback – March 15, 1986

4.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley; Mti Rei edition (March 15, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042509507X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425095072
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This novel is one of the greatest explorations of moral relativism that I have ever run into. Although the novel looks at life, love, family, and Mafia loyalty in comparison to each other, the issues of relative duty are just as significant for each of us. The plot is wonderfully designed to create unexpected tensions that make moral issues compelling and interesting to even the most casual listener or reader.
The story opens at the wedding of a Mafia don's granddaughter. One of the don's lieutenants, Charley Partanna is instantly smitten with a beautiful woman who appears unexpectedly at the wedding. She quickly disappears, and he tries to find her. His search leads him to California from New York. He finds that she is married, but separated. He falls deeply in love with her. Imagine his chagrin when he dispatches a crook who has stolen from his crime family . . . and the crook turns out to be the woman's estranged husband. What's worse, hundreds of thousands of dollars are still missing. Fortunately, it's insured. But that's not the point. You cannot let people steal from a crime family. What should Charley do now?
What obligation does Charley owe to the don? What does he owe to the don's family, the Prizzis? What does he owe to someone he loves? What does he owe to his own father (who also works for the Prizzis)? What does he owe to himself and his own sense of self respect?
The story is even more complicated by the overhanging debt of honor that the Prizzis owe to Charley. Earlier, another granddaughter had run off to live with another man while engaged to Charley. As a result, she is cut off from the family. She cannot be reconciled with her family until Charley finally marries. That will release that debt of honor.
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If you saw the 1985 movie, you know what you are getting into. The marriage of two hit-men (one male, one female) leads to "complications." Set in a mafia "family" (related both by blood and by association), there is humor in the absurdity of the characters. It's like the more humorous moments in the Sopranos or the guilty pleasures of a Hiaasen tale. Mayhem, stupidity, loyalty, and humor.
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I love Italian mob stories and I wanted to here. However, I kept waiting for the story to be more complex. oK, we got mob stereotypes, a spattering of Italian, and little more. I enjoyed those features, but can we have a more fully developed plot?
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Fast-paced. Not a lot of character development. But still a wonderful read. The plot flowed well. And the story was accurate and it's portrayal of the New York mafia, its style and customs.
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The book gives one th darkside of the mob, while making the individual appear likeable.
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Can't put it down!
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