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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (March 10, 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399103422
  • ASIN: B000W0IEII
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (706 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story of Don Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia family, inspired some of the most successful movies ever. It is in Mario Puzo's The Godfather that Corleone first appears. As Corleone's desperate struggle to control the Mafia underworld unfolds, so does the story of his family. The novel is full of exquisitely detailed characters who, despite leading unconventional lifestyles within a notorious crime family, experience the triumphs and failures of the human condition. Filled with the requisite valor, love, and rancor of a great epic, The Godfather is the definitive gangster novel. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Though not out of print, this 1969 gangster potboiler here makes the leap to trade paperback. Thanks to Francis Coppola's brilliant film adaptation, this story has achieved cult status with millions of fans, who continue to read it. In addition to its larger size, this incarnation offers a new introduction and afterword. How could you refuse?
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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True artistry to tell such a story and build characters so well.
I bought this book because I wanted to read about the movie I've seen so many times.
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The story is fast paced but with a lot of detail that serves the book very well.
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98 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Vijay Krishna on September 1, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Godfather is, in many ways, not just a novel - it is an experience, after which your life will never be the same again. I have not the least of doubts in calling it 'the best, most influential and deep-cutting that I have ever read.' In its sheer departure from being just a general, run-of-the-mill tale about idolizing a particular individual, the novel presents to us with a ringside view of the workings of the Mafia, and more importantly, the lives of the people who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.
The novel starts off with a quote from Balzac - "Behind every great fortune, there is a crime." That, in effect, sets the tone for the entire novel. Mario Puzo, the author, ruthlessly captures the travails of a New York Don, Vito Corleone, who is, to quote the words of his son, "not a crazy gunning mobster", and his family.
Puzo presents to us an entire array of different characters - be it the short-tempered Sonny, or the dreary undertaker Bonasera, or the ever-faithful Luca, the cool-headed Tom, the 'Turk' Sollozzo, or the pleasant outsider Kay Adams, each character enters our world, refusing to leave. We are impressed by most of these essentially evil people because the story is told in an entirely closed world (of crime) and so we tend to love characters whom we would, in the normal course, detest.
The novel is, basically, about just two persons, Don Vito Corleone and his son, Michael, who after refusing to accept his father's ways, finally comes to terms with the reality and takes up the 'family business'.
Puzo shows us why he is the great author he really is! The character of the Don pervades our thoughts more than most (or almost all) other fictional characters do.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By D. Mikels on November 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read Mario Puzo's THE GODFATHER three decades ago, and the impact it had on me was overwhelming. Here was a rare novel that hooked the reader from the very first page, a novel to be savored and absorbed by the author's grim yet masterful prose.
Through the pages of this book the reader is introduced to the shadowy world of organized crime--more importantly, to the fiercely interdependent workings of the mafia. Deeply embedded in its Italian heritage, it was a culture of unspeakable violence, but it also fostered family, honor, community, loyalty, friendship. Vengeance. If you are downtrodden, or unfairly victimized, all you need do is approach one of the "families" and request a "favor." Proclaim your devotion and friendship, the favor will be granted. And then--even though it may never happen--you must be willing to return the favor.
Or suffer the consequences.
Puzo's novel brings to life the Corleone family, headed by its aging patriarch, Don Vito Corleone. In post-World War II New York, Corleone faces a changing world, but he is still plagued by the relentless "turf wars" with the other major families. Intense pressure is brought to introduce narcotics to the list of "services" provided by his family--pressure that Corleone emphatically resists, to the bleak detriment of first himself, and to those he loves. The subsequent development of the story--of the Corleone's strategy, of the emergence of one of the Godfather's sons to perpetuate the family's power and considerable clout--is spellbinding.
Few novels of the last thirty years have had any lasting effects on our cultural lexicon. THE GODFATHER is one of them. Highly recommended.
--D. Mikels
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Hank Robbins on March 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Before I even realized that there had been a book, I was an avid fan of The Godfather and loved the characters of Sonny, Michael, Vito, Lucca Brazzi, Peter Clemenza, and the other unforgettable faces that made the film great. Then, one day I came upon a first edition of the novel at an antique shop and bought it. I read it quickly (the book travels at a breakneck speed) and with much relish, and when I was done I was satisfied. The movie was good, but the novel was BETTER. Puzo's Corleone family is a well-illustrated, clearly defined group, each member with his own strengths and weaknesses. The storytelling is gripping, the dialogue brilliant, the characters charming. Puzo, in addition to the main bent of the story, delves into the shady side of old-school Hollywood and makes an interesting read of it. For any lover of the Godfather saga, this book is a must read. Check it out, and enjoy!
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Anne Rice on June 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
Just finished a complete word for word re-read of "The Godfather," and once again left the book in awe. --- I do believe that it is a vastly underrated novel, in terms of pure literary accomplishment, and that is unfortunate. Few books I've read contain such a compelling narrative, such a rich and lavish vocabulary and so much skilled presentation of character and circumstance. ----- The novel works as literature on all levels. --- What made it a blockbuster? I am still intrigued by that question. Undoubtedly, it was the combination of a true family saga with the genuine backstory of organized crime. --- Stories of families -- of how they come to define themselves, and how they manage to survive -- are always potentially powerful. And this is a story of an American immigrant family with a remarkable twist. As for being the backstory of a great criminal organization, the book appeared at a time when America was more hungry for the "backstory" of its villains and heroes than ever before. Today we take all those backstories for granted. We're used to the comic book monster who weeps or the vampire who pours out his soul or the gangster who makes us cry when he's shot. But when this book first appeared, the love of the backstory of the cliched villain was just developing, and the hyper-intimacy of the Godfather's portrait of thugs and murderers was stunning. It was genius of Puzo to take the Italian Mafioso gangster, so often the heavy in novels and and TV and films, and tell the tale from his point of view, and the points of view of those who surrounded him and admired him, or even loved him -- his family, criminal associates and intimate friends.Read more ›
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