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The Sicilian [Mass Market Paperback]

Mario Puzo
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Book Description

May 1, 2001
After Mario Puzo wrote his internationally acclaimed The Godfather, he has often been imitated but never equaled. Puzo's classic novel, The Sicilian, stands as a cornerstone of his work--a lushly romantic, unforgettable tale of bloodshed, justice, and treachery. . . .

The year is 1950. Michael Corleone is nearing the end of his exile in Sicily. The Godfather has commanded Michael to bring a young Sicilian bandit named Salvatore Guiliano back with him to America. But Guiliano is a man entwined in a bloody web of violence and vendettas. In Sicily, Guiliano is a modern day Robin Hood who has defied corruption--and defied the Cosa Nostra. Now, in the land of mist-shrouded mountains and ancient ruins, Michael Corleone's fate is entwined with the dangerous legend of Salvatore Guiliano: warrior, lover, and the ultimate Siciliano.

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"Puzo is a master storyteller."
--USA Today

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After Mario Puzo wrote his internationally acclaimed The Godfather, he has often been imitated but never equaled. Puzo's classic novel, The Sicilian, stands as a cornerstone of his work--a lushly romantic, unforgettable tale of bloodshed, justice, and treachery. . . .

The year is 1950. Michael Corleone is nearing the end of his exile in Sicily. The Godfather has commanded Michael to bring a young Sicilian bandit named Salvatore Guiliano back with him to America. But Guiliano is a man entwined in a bloody web of violence and vendettas. In Sicily, Guiliano is a modern day Robin Hood who has defied corruption--and defied the Cosa Nostra. Now, in the land of mist-shrouded mountains and ancient ruins, Michael Corleone's fate is entwined with the dangerous legend of Salvatore Guiliano: warrior, lover, and the ultimate Siciliano.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; New title edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345441702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345441706
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a mob story October 2, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you thought Mario Puzo was just about American-Italian goodfellas who kill people, drive around and eat good pasta in New York City, you will be pleasantly surprised. The plot is set in Sicily, and the author's love and understanding of the long-suffering land shines through.
Mario Puzo presents a captivating, page-turning story about the life of a post-war Sicilian outlaw, his climb to the top of criminal hierarchy and associated betrayals, cunning treacheries and loyalty that never should be taken for granted. At the same time, you get a deep insight into the mindset and culture of Sicily and its people who, through centuries of suffering at the crossroads of occupation and oppression, have learnt to trust no one. Historical and cultural background is presented so subtly, inobtrusively and with such writing skill that you will not realize that you, in fact, read a brilliant history book. Never before have I seen a crime thriller that would also be so educational.
And, as an added bonus, Puzo is a true master when painting the scenery - dusky mornings, lush Sicilian gardens with fragrant lemon trees, ancient ruins and heat of the Meditteranean night.
Read this book and you will see that you have got much, much more than you have bargained for.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Puzo's Best October 27, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book and had the entire thing read in a matter of days. And this was during a span of days where I was busy. My point basically is that is was so good, that I literally couldn't stop reading it. The first three chapters or so were a little slow but the book picks up fast and never looks back. All the characters were interesting and if have read or seen the Godfather then I suggest you read this book, because this story sort of blends with the other.

The story takes place while Michael Corleone is in excile in Sicily. If you know anything about the Godfather then you know what Im talking about.... I would tell the story line but Amazon can do that for you.

Overall this is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. The ending kinda made me mad, but it was a good way to end this book. If you are a fan of Puzo's work or a fan of the Godfather then I suggest you pick up this book, you won't be disappointed!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Admirable Component to the Godfather January 12, 2001
By Romulus
Format:Hardcover
Not many have heard of this prequel/sequel to the Godfather. Set after Michael Corleone's two year stay in Sicily, he is sent on a final task which explains the changes his character experiences in the Godfather. From the Italian American focus of The Godfather, the novel reaches into the very heart of Sicily, the island that bore so many of the characters in American Crime literature. Rich and almost lyrical, Puzo describes the life of one Salvatore Guilliano, a Sicilian Robin Hood but with greater purpose and less fantasy. He seeks to reform the underground world that has sprung on him after he is shot and left for dead on account of stealing cheese for his family. This gem of a book is gifted with great storytelling and greater understanding of a world we don't know and Puzo beautifully explains. Even if you have never read the Godfather, you will love this book for its truthfulness and wisdom.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An often overlooked modern day classic by Puzo May 10, 2000
By Thomas
Format:Hardcover
This novel is a brilliant depiction of Sicilian culture, and similarily a tremendous story replete with adventure, betrayal, revenge, and violence. Often overlooked, it is unfortunate that the film of this book was so execrable, but this is one of Puzo's best works that stands out on its own, and makes other mob fictions pale in comparison.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent book by Puzo January 26, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I red the book in 5 days. I had very high expetition for this one,and it did not deceive me. It's a great story of an outlaw who tried to safe and free the Sicilian people. It's story of the way of life in Sicily. Not just the MAFIA life, the life of an ordinary sicilian family. the trust and honor they have for their children and family , respect, and gratitude they have for those who helps them. The way Puzo tell's and moves the story, you can imagen your self on the mountains of Sicilia , lookin over the town's beneath the sea! It's a book you have to read to get inside the head of Salvatore Guiliano.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Godfather Spin Off July 28, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a book that Godfather lovers can't refuse! I'm rating this 5/5 because this is simply a great story. Whether you are interested in the Mafia or not, this book will capture you with its intrigue and wonderful prose. I have read all of Puzo's books and enjoying his wordplay and descriptions just as much as his plotting and pacing. I would rate this as his second best (right behind the big one) and will probably read it again in a few years -- I have read The Godfather three times. I read this during a trip to Florida, on the plane, on the beach, and sitting around in the airport. It's perfect. You'll get into it. It's easy to read. The characters are complicated...and sneaky! With a few of your favorite characters from Godfather (Michael Corleone, Peter Clemenza and others), and some real-life history, it takes place in Sicily after WWII and deals with old school Mafia, the kind the modern day New York Mafia wouldn't want to touch. This book is full of good stuff. Don't miss it!!

Mark McGinty, author of "Elvis and the Blue Moon Conspiracy"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Numerous twists and turns makes this book hard to figure-out the conclusion. Very entertaining.
Published 16 days ago by Rich Cady
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, but Not Great Either
Much slower than others in the series. A fair read, but not one I will find myself re-reading.
Published 23 days ago by eric mcilvene
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, dragged at times but also captivating in ...
Good book, dragged at times but also captivating in spots. I wish the characters from The Godfather had more time in the book.
Published 26 days ago by Shawn R. Harkey
4.0 out of 5 stars ... if the book is a fiction Puzzo describe very good the history of...
Even if the book is a fiction Puzzo describe very good the history of Turi Juliano.

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Published 28 days ago by Carlos
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by anner
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Slow going.
Published 1 month ago by Maurain Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sicilian
The descriptive scenes in this book gives you the feeling of being there. The characters are bold and complex. I enjoyed the story and only had one question toward the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gayle
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
The characters are clear and crisp, if you have visited the Island you can almost imagine being there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pete Garza
5.0 out of 5 stars mario puzo. the sicilian
Great story line. Not replica of the Godfather. Got in CD to listen to. Anyone who likes PUZO will like this book.
Published 2 months ago by linda dedrick
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