The Godfather is a crime novel written by American author Mario Puzo. Originally published in by G. P. Putnam's Sons, the novel details the story of a. The Godfather book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The Godfather—the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a gl. The Godfather is a crime novel written by Mario Puzo, originally published in by G. P. Putnam's Sons. It details the story of a fictitious Sicilian Mafia family .
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Godfather [Mario Puzo] on reffirodonverm.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Tyrant, blackmailer, racketeer, murderer - his influence reaches every level of. With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, The Godfather instantly The Godfather is my least favorite novel, but I hate when it's knocked simply. The Godfather, novel by Mario Puzo, published in , which became one of the most successful fiction books ever—selling some 21 million copies worldwide .
He also collaborated on scripts for such films as Superman andThe Cotton Club Mario Puzo died on July 2, Two of his novels were published posthumously,Omerta in and The Family in When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first short story when I was seventeen and wrote dozens more before any of them were accepted for publication. Luckily most of these stories have been lost. I switched to plays and they were worse. I knew immediately that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My first novel, The Dark Arena , received mostly very good reviews saying I was a writer to watch. Naturally I thought I was going to be rich and famous.
I was going downhill fast.
Yet the book received some extraordinarily fine reviews. How did you come to write The Godfather? I wrote it to make money. It sounded like another loser. One editor wistfully remarked that if Fortunate Pilgrim had only had a little more of that Mafia stuff in it maybe the book would have made money.
One of the minor characters was a mob chief. It was really time to grow up and sell out as Lenny Bruce once advised. I wrote a ten-page outline. They showed me the door again. There is no way to explain the terrible feeling of rejection, the damage. So how did it finally get published?
Nobody would take me. Months went by.
One day a writer friend dropped into my magazine office. As a natural courtesy I gave him a copy of The Fortunate Pilgrim. A week later he came back. He thought I was a great writer. I bought him a magnificent lunch. During lunch I told him some funny stories about the Mafia and my ten-page outline.
He was enthusiastic. He arranged a meeting for me with the editors of G. The editors just sat around for an hour listening to my Mafia stories and said go ahead. Did you have any first-hand knowledge about the Mafia? I never met a real honest-to-god gangster.
The novel covers the years to , and also provides the back story of Vito Corleone from early childhood to adulthood.
View all 3 comments. Apr 07, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Everyone has. Maybe someone throws water on the other. It is great fun, and an eminently worthwhile way to spend the moments God gives us.
The Godfather is a great example of this type of debate. Which is better? The answer is both. Or neither. They are the same.
Not just the same extremely high quality, but almost literally the same. I assume, if I were an alien visiting Earth, the topic of movie novelizations would eventually arise.
That is not the case, of course. At this point, The Godfather legacy is so pervasive that I feel like my job is done. The Godfather tells the story of the Corleone family.
They are typical American strivers who immigrated from Italy, started a business selling olive oil, and are part of the Mafia. The patriarch of the family — the Godfather — is Vito Andolini Corleone, a distant and reticent man of near-omnipotent powers. He is surrounded by three sons: I could spend all day comparing the book to the film. This is one of the big differences between book and movie. In the film, we see her for a second — she is the bridesmaid with whom Sonny has sexual congress.
In the novel, she is treated like a major character, even though her plot arc has nothing to do with the central narrative. And do you want to know what her plot arc is? Sonny, you see, was the only man with enough manhood — so to speak — to satisfy Lucy. The characters are unforgettable, from the central figure of Don Corleone himself, who is given a lengthy flashback section familiar to fans of The Godfather, Part II , to secondary characters such as Luca Brasi a sort of Sicilian Keyser Soze, whose very name terrifies people and Johnny Fontane a Frank Sinatra stand-in, given his shot at stardom by the Don.
The plotting is excellent. The story is propulsive. This is the kind of book that needs to be taken on a long plane trip, because it really passes the time.
I had to stop reading it at bedtime, because it burned away my Z-Quill haze. The writing, especially the dialogue — which has become part of American pop culture — is excellent. And worth sharing.
For instance, the Godfather has some Godfatherly advice on the value of friends: Friendship is more than talent. It is more than government.
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It is almost the equal of family. Never forget that. Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal. They call it business. You know where I learned that from? The Don. My old man.
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The Corleone family is the archetypical immigrant clan that comes to the United States and makes good. The sly subversion, of course, is that they make good by controlling the unions and bookmaking. Puzo opens The Godfather with a quote from Balzac: He certainly baits you into siding with his protagonists early in the novel.
View all 5 comments. Dec 20, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: Which town? Oct 13, Ana O rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse. Indeed, dear reader, I did not hate The Godfather. I h-aa-ted it. How much did I hate it? Well I could start with a long dissemination of Mario Puzo's simplistic and repetitive prose. Puzo seems to think the reader needs a reminder of plot points that occured ten pages ago, and that unnecessarily drawing out an obvious reveal by splitting it up into three points of view counts as suspense.
Or I could give you a thorough cataloguing of how very poser-y The Godfather , with its bombastic ideas of mas Indeed, dear reader, I did not hate The Godfather. Or I could give you a thorough cataloguing of how very poser-y The Godfather , with its bombastic ideas of masculinity and supposed gritty crime plotlines. And yet for moral convenience, the only people we see the Corleone Family harm are fellow mobsters they are at "war" with and somehow the Corleones are never the instigators or else, terrible human beings who are child molesters I'm not kidding.
I have an essay on my hard drive about how the worship of this book and the character of Vito Corleone is misguided, as he better represents the utter failure of the American Dream and its corruption of true values There's a whole character in this book-- a secondary character who gets several chapters devoted to PoV-- who is defined by her gaping vagina. Yes, literally. Her whole character is about her large vagina.
We get a whole decades-spanning arc about her large vagina, because really, what else could possibly be more riveting about any woman?
What other possible characteristics could any woman have that would be more important than that? Do I really need to say more? View all 50 comments. Oct 07, Mizuki rated it it was amazing Shelves: GR ate my review!!!
I can't fucking believe it!!!
I'm not amused by how female characters got shoved into tiny boxes of being obedient wives, mothers and daughters, whilst men make all the decisions but for the awesomeness of the story, I can forgive this flaw.
More to come. View all 8 comments. Feb 27, Fabian rated it it was amazing Shelves: Less than a fourth into the narrative, POW! And, hold on a sec, who is the protagonist here? I thought Michael. Or the Consigliari Hagen. Or Hollywood heart-throb Johnny Fontaine? The full display of individual destinies is what makes this better than its cinematic equivalent. Here we see flesh-and-blood people living at a Hadean level-- system of business ethics and family morality included. The need for reinvention, as well as the necessity to keep things in line with tradition are explored fully.
Interesting to note are: This is pure entertainment-- decadence for the reader at full throttle!!!! View all 6 comments. You gotta stop them at the beginning. Like they shoulda stopped Hitler at Munich, they should never let him get away with that, they were just asking for big trouble when they let him get away with that. I expected many things from this book because let's face it this book is a phenomenon! But, I didn't know what I will get because I never saw the movies and never read anything about the book.
Also, this book has impressive power; it took me so long to read it because every time I opened in public someone started to talk to me about it. A policeman at the Prague castle that was searching my bag and watched as I went through the metal detector, at least three workers at the Prague airport, an English gentleman that sat next to on the flight to Istanbul, numerous people in metro So, I started. I was flooded with so many characters that I had no idea where my head was.
I loved some; I hated some, I wanted to know about many. I thought that some of them deserved their fate or even worse than they were getting. I could not stand Johnny Fontana, he got everything, and he appreciated nothing. I was surprised to actually like Jules Segal; he was surprisingly refreshing.
I looked at some reviews and was actually surprised at how many people complain about the women and their role in the story. And I want to ask, what did they expect? A strong heroine that would put battle with the men? Italians, mafia, taking place after World War Two, being published at the time That is not a set up for a strong heroine. No, it is a recipe for a housewife, mother, wife or daughter. Anything else and you can bet that the character won't be portrait positively or as a strong character.
I don't think this should be judged by today's standards. Even I have to say that. This is a masterpiece! But I need to say that I don't like Kay. I don't think she and Michael could function together.
She is too progressive for a role of a wife that asks nothing, sees nothing and does as she is told. I actually liked Apollonia. Yes, she liked the little powers that Michael gave her, as teaching her how to drive.
I actually think that they were more suited for each other. This brings me to the question, did Kay ever learn about Apollonia? And, in the beginning, I believe Michael liked Kay's progressiveness, but I wonder how he saw it after the time with Apollonia. And, there is only one man named Clemenza for me. And that is Clemenza Caserta from Hell's Kitchen!
I saw him playing Clemenza, and I could not unsee that. View all 20 comments. Mar 10, Paul Bryant rated it did not like it Shelves: I did not even make page 30!
But instead of just binning it, I need to warn people about this book, so that means I will have written Three Reviews in One Day! A record for me. Well, I love the first two movies like everyone does.
So what could go so wrong so fast? Example the first: Nazorine glanced at her shrewdly. And then the Benny Hill prurience of the hot loaf. And anyway, swelling buttocks?
He was built as powerfully as a bull and it was common knowledge that he was so generously endowed by nature that his martyred wife feared the marriage bed as unbelievers once feared the rack. It was whispered that when as a youth he had visited houses of ill fame, even the most hardened and fearless putain, after an awed inspection of his massive organ, demanded double price.
If so, I think my sense of humour is sleeping with the fishes. No more of that, no more organs the size of an umbrella, no more hot loaves. Well, I know what Mario Puzo would say to this if he was still around.
View all 17 comments. Actual Rating: Long beach, La novela inicia en la boda de la hija del mismo padrino. Los protagonistas son: Sonny es un hombre impulsivo y un tanto violento que decide atacar con la misma fuerza. Por el otro lado tenemos a Michael, el hijo bueno, sereno, estudioso e incluso veterano de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. A pesar de sus diferencias, los dos hermanos deciden trabajar en equipo e intentar vengar el ataque a su padre.
Es una novela muy completa que atrapa al lector y que impide la indiferencia. It was a very good book.
The only part I actually enjoy watched 'The Godfather part 3' was 15 minutes before at the end of the film. Mar 25, myra rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book had me shook. Absolutely amazing.
I highly recommend it! View all 4 comments. Sep 04, Madeline rated it really liked it Shelves: New Brilliant Future Career Idea: Think about it - all you have to do is cook, have some babies, and go to Mass once a day.
Sure, I might have a hard time learning to never ask questions about anything, but I could always get a hobby to occupy my time with. At the very least, being a mafia wife would give me tons of free time to finish The List. It's win-win, really. Jul 15, Israel rated it it was amazing. The epic masterpiece of mafia fiction. Puzo is good and entertaining elsewhere, here is great and masterful.
What really intrigues me about Puzo's presentation of the Corleone family, and something that does not translate as explicitly to the screen, is the incredible sense of moral and religious conviction that what they do is right and good. At times I found myself believing tha The epic masterpiece of mafia fiction. At times I found myself believing that the Corleone's were right to be who they were, or at the very least, that such a way of life in de-centralized Sicily, if not in 20th century America, was appropriate.
Puzo does everything in this book; action, drama, romance, epic, humanity, pulp, and he does it all effortlessly. One minute you're reading about a fictional mafioso and the next minute you realize you've stumbled on one of the great literary accomplishments of the century.
I love books that make it hard to know how to feel about the characters. No single literary character is as conflicting for me as Michael Corleone. And so, few books intrigue me more. It is a book to be cherished. View 2 comments. Mar 02, Roxanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: I absolutely loved this book! This book started my long running obsession with Mafia.
The Godfather is one of the best pieces of literature ever written. Mario Puzo paints this elaborate picture of the Sicilian mafia through the eyes of Michael Corleone, a returning Marine Corps hero who at first wants nothing to do with the elaborate crime family that his father has built.
His inferiors include his sons, the short tempered Santino "Sonny", the clumsy Fredo, and of course Michael. The Godfather starts in a New York. A mob war is brewing between the Corleone's and a rival family. The dilema of getting into drug trade and betrayal are at the heart of this literature classic. The reason that the Godfather is so good is the depth of Mario Puzo's characters.
They aren't just evil criminals. They are real people. Puzo romanticises the mafia life and that time period altogether. He also does something perfectly what other books have tried to do and miserably failed at. He parodies real life characters into his novel. Johny Fontane the saloon singer is his fictional Sinatra and it is perfectly done. This is easily ther best book you will ever read.
May 13, Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it. He is the avenging angel, the thief in the night, the protector of the poor, the warrior of the wops, the ultimate puppeteer. He is the loving father, the faithful husband. He is the Godfather. Only they're much more serious, they're Italian, and they're mafia.
Okay, maybe they're not like the Cosbys. But they do have one thing in common. They're both iconic families. The Corleones, The Cosbys, everybody knows who they are. The family name speaks for itself. It's pretty common knowledge that one of the vital points in writing a successful novel is creating unforgettable characters. And the Corleone Family, they're real hard to forget. Well, Fredo, not so much. I do think that this is the book's strongest point.
The story is another strength too, full of intrigue and excitement. These two redeem the book from the sometimes cliche lines and a little sloppy writing. The writing's not so bad, but it's not so good either.
But com'on, one can overlook that when the plot is this good and the characters this unforgettable. I'm not gonna make this long. I actually had this idea just to place the word "Omerta" as my review.
But, I'm not Sicilian anyway. So who am I kidding? Here's the deal. This is one glorious piece of literature. The writing's a little sloppy, maybe. But the book is glorious nonetheless. I may or may not have cried out of happiness because of all the gloriousness. It's a real. Real pezzonovante,. To end this review, I have to reflect on the feeling I had all throughout reading this book. I felt the endless craving for spaghetti.
So here's what I'm gonna do: I'm gonna go home.
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I'm gonna talk to my mom. I'm gonna make her an offer she can't refuse. No, I'm not gonna put a gun on her face just to ask her to cook spaghetti for me. Maybe I'll bring a gift, or give her a kiss, or take her to a massage place. I'll think of something. This book was very good. Complex and gripping characters with personable motivations light the pages up with the help of exquisite dialogue and delightfully descriptive narrative. A true classic and a great pleasure to read.
View 1 comment. Apr 05, Erin rated it it was amazing Shelves: A Masterpiece! I've read this book 3x and each time I love it more and more. The Godfather is what all crime novels should aspire to. That's all I got! I'm not qualified to write a review for this book.
Read it and then watch the movies the first 2 not part 3. A good read that demands re-read has been long time ago for now.. Sep 18, Chris rated it it was amazing. But my lovely bride gave me an early hardcover edition for my birthday, and the whole experience was Almost every passage brought back a memory from my childhood, when the book and movies were omnipresent.site Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.
I looked at some reviews and was actually surprised at how many people complain about the women and their role in the story. Ring Smart Home Security Systems. It is a matter of taste, I suppose, but next to the movies - so elegant and grandiose - it feels a bit like reading pulp fiction.
We get a better understanding of Kay, and why she stuck around after Michael cleaned house, so to speak. For the first time in my life I could not wait to go to work so I could listen to the next chapter of the Godfather. He had a very undeserving way to die, I was so disappointed by it.