The Godfather

The Godfather

Book - 2002
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A Searing novel of the Mafia underworld, this book introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones - and became the definitive novel of the virle, violent subculture that remains steeped in intrigue, in controversy, and in our collective consciousness. More than thirty years ago, a classic was born. A searing novel of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and the powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor that was passed on from father to son. With its themes of the seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and family allegiance, it resonated with millions of readers across the world-and became the definitive novel of the virile, violent subculture that remains steeped in intrigue, in controversy, and in our collective consciousness
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2002
ISBN: 9780613921923
0613921925
9780451205766
0451205766
Characteristics: xi, 433 p. ; 21 cm

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stewstealth
Jun 26, 2017

Interesting to read after seeing the movie(s). The movie and book are very close for the scenes portrayed in the film, however the book contains more information on various characters that are shown briefly in the film. A good paced narrative with good characterization. Worth reading if you are interested or enjoyed the movies.

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gusmcrae
Feb 24, 2017

I'm glad I read it, but I don't think I'll ever feel compelled to read anything else by Mario Puzo. The writing is rather sparse, leading to rather one-dimensional characters. I wanted a bit more depth--although the book at nearly 600 pages was long enough! I also did not care for the Johnny Fontane chapters--they didn't really add anything to the story for me, though I can see how they connected parts of the story together. I also really wanted more stories from the perspective of the women of the Corleone empire. They were the most fascinating parts of the book, but they were few and far between.

With that said, I did find some chapters to be intriguing, leaving me wanting more. It's just unfortunate that the whole book didn't pull me in like that.

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BurgensisClaudi
Dec 27, 2016

The movie is considered one of the best films of all time, and deservedly so. The book? As you can see, I liked it. It's a page turner, to be sure, but it never really rises above the rank of a well-written biographical potboiler. There isn't a lot of nuance here. This is one of those rare cases where the film outshines its source material.

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AB1992
Mar 23, 2016

This is one of my favorite books that was made into my favorite movie. Although some subplots are hard to care about. The subplot about a washed up singer shows what is probably the most bitter portrayal of the dark side of Hollywood. The author justifies the unlawful actions of his characters by simply writing about why they do what they do. It is the best character writing I have read in a very long time.

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Naomi94
Dec 12, 2015

This was a great book. Mario Puzo told a great story, and it was a very engaging read.

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nitetraino
Oct 14, 2015

Outstanding. If you enjoyed the movie, the audio version of this 1969 classic with full cast is even better. 10 of 10 stars

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macklelack
Sep 10, 2015

Absolutely fantastic book. I watched the movies before reading the book (because I didn't know of the book until after), and this is one of the first times I don't regret that. The movies were wonderful depiction of the book. I found myself, while reading the book, amazed at how great the movie and the book go together. Definitely my favourite book!!!!

geezr_rdr Sep 16, 2013

One of the best works of literature, bar none. Superb writing and a cultural icon.

Hazeldeantag Apr 29, 2013

A very well written story of family, loyalty, and how "men of honor" live in their own world, and die by their own laws. I recommend it for adults.

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macierules
Dec 03, 2012

Repetitious in parts - but still a classic.

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AB1992
Mar 23, 2016

Sexual Content: The sex scenes are more detailed than the violent ones.

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icerider
Jun 07, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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DavidB
May 19, 2009

Don Corleone nodded. "Revenge is a dish that tates best when it is cold," he said.

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DavidB
May 19, 2009

Sonny had been listening judiciously. "I want someboby very good, very safe, to plant that gun," he told Clemenza. "I don't want my brother coming out of that toilet with just his dick in his hand."

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wooknight May 05, 2011

The fictional story of the rise of a new york mafia family and the succession . The book is extremely entertaining and the violence is extremely graphic

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