- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 59985th edition (September 28, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345476727
- ISBN-13: 978-0345476722
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 161 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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efore The Godfather and The Last Don, there was Puzo's classic story about the loves, crimes and struggles confronted by one family of New York City immigrants living in Hell's Kitchen. Fresh from the farms in Italy, Lucia Santa struggles to hold her family together in a strange land. At turns poignant, comic and violent, and with a new preface by the author, The Fortunate Pilgrim is Italian-American fiction at its very best.
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About the Author
The son of Italian immigrants who moved to the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York City, Mario Puzo was born on October 15, 1920. After World War II, during which he served as a U.S. Army corporal, he attended City College of New York on the G.I. Bill and worked as a freelance writer. During this period he wrote his first two novels, The Dark Arena and The Fortunate Pilgrim.When his books made little money despite being critically acclaimed, he vowed to write a bestseller. The Godfather was an enormous success. He collaborated with director Francis Ford Coppola on the screenplays for all three Godfather movies and won Academy Awards for both The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II. He also collaborated on the scripts for such films as Superman, Superman II, and The Cotton Club. He continued to write phenomenally successful novels, including Fools Die, The Sicilian, The Fourth K, and The Last Don. Mario Puzo died on July 2, 1999. His final novel, Omerta, was published in 2000.
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I loved this book for many things: its deep characterizations;its insights into relationships, especially mother/son and mother/daughter; it's historic/sociological interest; and its insights into all the tough Italian character (and Irish and all the others of that era) of the men and women endured to gain a foothold in their new country. But most of all i loved it for the poetry of Puzo's words, his language that would not let me put the book down. Not purple prose but real poetry of the seasons, esepcially the heat; the hardship and joy; the suffering and moments of pleasure, the dreams and the reality. Don't miss this one!
I won't go into any details about the main character's travails save to say I really enjoyed reading about her tragedies and triumphs.
Have fun with this great read.