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Top Customer Reviews
In the hands of someone like Puzo, the creative process is a wonderful thing to observe. He relates how he set out to write a novel in which he was the hero and the rest of his family were villains who wanted to stifle his writing career; and how, stalwart young man that he was, he succeeded in spite of them and the stumbling blocks they placed in his path. He was unable to write this version of his life, not even as fiction. Truth and the memory of the strength of the woman who reared him wouldn't allow him to deny the impact she had on his life.
Puzo wrote, but not what he had planned, or even what he thought he was writing. At some point he realized that the book wasn't about himself. It was about his mother. THE FORTUNATE PILGRIM's Lucia Santa is the personification of Puzo's mother and this book is her book as surely as if she'd written it herself.
When we read about Lucia Santa's life in Hell's Kitchen, a single mother as we would call her today, as she raises six children, we are constantly amazed at her strength.
Her oldest son becomes a Mafia Union Organizer (read strong arm man and collector of "protection" money) against her will. But Lucia Santa prevails.
Her daughter spends six months in a sanitorium for her lungs and comes home too assimilated for Lucia Santa's taste. But Lucia Santa prevails.
One of her sons commits suicide. But Lucia Santa prevails.
One tragedy follows on the heels of another. But Lucia Santa prevails.Read more ›
Puzo's use of Italian (proper, dialect and slang) brings the characters close to home for those readers of Italian-American decent. The vartious Italian-American characters brought back memories of long since past members of my own family.
This book really places your in 1920s-30s new york with all its splendor, virtues, vices and difficulties. It showed me what life was like for my grandparents, aunts and uncles.
This was a very good book that I will read again someday.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mario Puzo often stated that he could not have written The Godfather without first having written The Fortunate Pilgrim. It definitely sets the groundwork for The Godfather. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Patrick McHugh
Loved this because it reflected honesty in Italian families. Love and family was reason enough to have faith and follow the unconditional love examples of Christ. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark Llerena
Great story of Italian immigrants and their assimilation. Well written, characters well developed.Published 1 month ago by Dina Levy Rosenthal
The rating was chosen because the/ book deserved it.Enjoy reading about the Immigrants coming to our country and the choices they make. 1st book by Mario Puzo, maybe his, best!Published 1 month ago by Dianne Kemerly McMahan
A hard hitting and truthful depiction of the immigrant story and love affair with America.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Loved this movie well, the story, plot ,& conclusion ..... had seen it years ago on TV ...enjoyed it then ;;;; and still enjoyed it today ...... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent novel. Gives great insight into the immigrants (not just Italian) that came to America.Published 5 months ago by Bobbie Benson