- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (March 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780451205766
- ISBN-13: 978-0451205766
- ASIN: 0451205766
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,277 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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?
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“A staggering triumph...The definitive novel about a sinister fraternity of crime.”—The Saturday Review
“You can’t stop reading it, and you’ll find it hard to stop dreaming about it.”—New York Magazine
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Is there anybody who doesn’t know the story? Interestingly, the early life of Don Corleone was inserted into the middle of the book (wasn’t this from movie number two?). It helped a lot and made the Don more approachable to the reader, I think. Also, we do get a deeper insight into the private life of Johnny the singer, for instance, and even Tom—as well as an explanation of why Tom was removed as Consigliere at the end. We get a better understanding of Kay, and why she stuck around after Michael cleaned house, so to speak. So in many ways, the book really did enhance the movie experience and certainly would have stood the test of time all by itself. It was well worth reading again.
This is a wonderful book from Mario Puzo detailing the complex and secretive lives of one New York Mafia famiy in the 1940's. Very complex characters make up the family with Don Corleone the patriarchal figure through whom all decisions are made. Allegience first and foremost is to the family. Any devience from that rule will be dealt with harshly.
Mario Puzo's writing is crisp, colorful and moves along at a pace most readers will find enjoyable. Each character is developed with enough clarity that you'll be able to understand their motivation and maybe even predict their actions somewhat.
Such power comes at a price and the sword of Damocles hangs over the Don. He gets gunned down early on due to his refusal to partake in an emerging industry called narcotics. He survives and seeks to re-establish himself as head of the most powerful of the New York families. It's hard to do justice to such a wonderful book in a review.
Based purely on the writing style, this book is as good as any you will read. Based on the content this book is a cut above most due to the complexity and the codes these people live by. You will learn things as you wade through their lives and their circumstances.
It's a long book but you wont notice. You'll read, absorb and want more once you're done.
I’m sure I enjoyed it then because of the sex, violence and other mature themes I was just starting to read, but first and foremost, it was a page-turner like nothing else l’d picked up before.
Subsequently it seems like it was always around on a friend’s book shelf or found in the local library on the “to be shelved” cart, which made for easy accessibility and instant immersive reading bliss.
This is a ripping fine story that combines family histories and conflicts into something that seems to morph into something new and unique with each new reading.
4 reasons why you need to read it again:
1) it reads like the movie, but there are so many things in the book that are not in the movie
2) this is such a big part of American lore and legend, it feels like coming home
3) it will remind you what an amazing story teller Mario Puzo was and you will go back and read all his books such as Omerta: A Novel
4) we read to be taken away and this book will take you far, far away.
So don't say, "I already read this." say., "It's time to read The Godfather (Signet) again!"