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The Godfather Paperback – March 1, 2002
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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.
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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.
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The main reason for losing a 1/2 star here is that the book was written solely as a money-maker by Puzo (his earlier novels hadn't sold well despite the good reviews), and a lot of the writing shows it. It doesn't read as well as his other books, and the prose isn't as sharp and expansive as it is in the movie or his other novels, and you get the feel that this was written over a long weekend. An otherwise great story, and highly recommended.
Mario was a brilliant writer and to learn how he came to write this classic is classic and somewhat shocking in and of itself. Having owed money to some loan sharks and not having a way to dig himself out of that pit, out came The Godfather. Truly amazing.
I fell in love with the Corleone family and all of its dysfunctional inner workings, but they were a family nonetheless. The characters were so vivid and alive, and the trickery that took place was masterful. I must say, there were things that even I didn't pick up on, but later figured out from the characters' guidance. Absolutely outstanding novel and truly a literary work of art. This is the type of book every writer dreams of writing. You just know there's that one good story that's going to put you over the edge, and while you wait, thank God for stories like this one.
Now I'm going to download the movie, because believe it or not, I never saw it either. I plan to read the entire series and watch the films to see how they match up. My grandma always told me to save some things for later in your life so you'd have something to look forward too, and I have to say, my grandma was right, as she usually was. I'm glad I waited to add this classic to my many books under my belt. Outstanding!
The story about the Corleone family. You could say it's also a coming of age novel about Michael. I like to view it as the arrival of the modern day mob story. The story switches between characters to provide alternate views of the family.
On a side note Mario wrote The Godfather to make money. Throughout the book there is a theme of doing what is needed without apology. It is this theme that is presented by Don Vito's actions many times in the book. What is business is business. The pulp writing background of Mario is demonstrated in the pace of each scene, but it is the overall story and deep character development that makes this book one of the greatest I have experienced.
Tom Hagen is one character I did not appreciate much. He seemed to be a replacement for a narrator to the story. While he felt shallow his place in the story was effective in moving it along. Some portions of the story did not have a clean path forward. Bring in Tom to give a little talking to it and move on to the next scene.
Kay, Johnny and Vito where the characters that I enjoyed the most. Each of them made me believe they were real. I could hear their voice and see their movements. I also felt their pain and understood their motives.
A strength of this book is how timeless the whole story is. While there are some differences today most of the story fits with today as well. The exception is some of the social norms, but I take that as a reflection on the culture of the families and not something that reduces the value of the story.
Characters that were minor in the movies play a much bigger role in the book, and makes you understand why they are characters in the first place.
I can't help picturing Don Corleone as anything but Marlon Brando. Luca Brasi is a much more brutal man than I could've guessed from the movie. Sonny, Tom, Johnny, the woman Sonny was screwing at Connie's wedding, and others are really fleshed out and so much more is explained.
Kay's interview with the FBI, Apollonia and her family, her being courted by Michael...
I can't describe how much I enjoyed this read
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