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The Fortunate Pilgrim [Kindle Edition]

Mario Puzo
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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From Library Journal

Puzo has called this 1965 pre-Godfather novel his personal favorite of his oeuvre. It recounts the life of Lucia Santa Angeluzzi-Corbo, a Southern Italian immigrant who settles in New York in the 1920s. This "very colorful and perceptive novel" remains "highly readable" for today's audience (LJ 3/15/65).
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"I began reading The Fortunate Pilgrim yesterday afternoon and didn't stop reading until I had finished it." -- Joseph Heller "Puzo has written a chronicle of Italian immigrant life which is a small classic- The novel is lifted into literature by its highly charged language, its penetrating insights and its mixture of tenderness and rage." New York Times

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 346 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345476727
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Sept. 28 2004)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC28V2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a Masterpeice Nov. 25 2002
Format:Paperback
The book I am reviewing is "The Fortunate Pilgrim" by Mario Puzo. I chose to read Fortunate Pilgrim because I had heard from numerous sources that this book was actually better than Mario Puzo's most known and best-selling novel, The Godfather, which I had read and enjoyed greatly. I found it hard to believe a book so over-looked from the public could be better than the masterpiece, The Godfather, and decided to read "The Fortunate Pilgrim" myself and draw my own conclusion.

"The Fortunate Pilgrim" tells the story of a single mother, Lucia Santa, holding together her split family of six children and no husband. Lucias every day life is a struggle, to make sure there is enough money to feed her children and prosper during WWI and the Great Depression. Lucia's first husband died in an industrial accident, and her second husband ran away, leaving her with his 3 children. I personally found the Mother-Daughter relationship between Lucia and her oldest daughter, Octivia very sad yet interesting to read. Octivia wants to become a modernized American and schoolteacher, and discourages her mother for "living in the past". I find the dialogue between Lucia and Octivia on page 23-26 an important passage in the book, as Octivia denounces her mother and fiercly tells her "He's not my father!" when Lucia brings up the hard topic of her stepfather.

"The Fortunate Pilgrim" is indeed a great book. I still cannot decide whether the Fortunate Pilgrim is "better" than The Godfather, but they are both great in different ways. The Fortunate Pilgrim really makes you grateful for things over-looked by many, such as shelter, health, life, and most of all family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good and worthwhile immigrant piece Feb. 20 2004
By Frikle
Format:Paperback
Many of you will no doubt be attracted to The Fortunate Pilgrim riding on the fame of Puzo's mafia novels, especially the Godfather. The Fortunate Pilgrim is more of a drama in the traditional sense of the word. It tells the story of Lucia Santa - an immigrant widow living in a small appartment in New York and raising her children. This book exposes the reality of the life of immigrant Italians in all it's harshness, with the very tight budgets and subsistent living, domestic violence, a clash between the traditional Italian values and modern American ones, the generation gap and the temptation of crime.
This is characterized in Lucia's children. The daughter is an assertive, educated type determined to become big in the real world. One of the sons is a womaniser and all-round good guy. The other sons are archetypes of kids growing up during the depression. A moving, though at times slow book.
If you want to see and enjoy a different side of Puzo as a writer, this novel is ideal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work Dec 17 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was intended to be a tribute to Mario's mother. I came off as rather boring.maybe he didn't like his mom?
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of, if not the, best Puzo books... Jan. 4 2008
By Jim Bag
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an amazing story for anyone to read, but i would particularly recommend it for those who have parents or grandparents who are immigrants. You can appreciate the story more so than others, and it is truly amazing. It is clear that Mario Puzo put the most effort and soul into this book, and if you know anyone who is an immigrant the story offers spine chilling resemblance to real life (beacuse it was based on his mother) and you can picture some of the characters as people whom you may know. Amazing amazing book....highly recommended. NOTE: This story takes place while in the states and not in italy or the boat ride over, dont be confused by the cover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Puzo impresses again Sept. 25 2002
By leron
Format:Paperback
The Angeluzzi-Corba family with its central character Lucia Santa, battles against 'unfortunate' hardships to preserve her strong Italian values. Lucia Santa believes the family is continually punished; yet it is the survival through these difficulties that is both 'fortunate' and touching.
I enjoyed this story, both for its characters and subtle plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Novel about living in a Italian Life Style. Sept. 19 2002
By Leone
Format:Paperback
Great... Can not compare. This book to any other book about Italian Life Style. i like the book so much, Not because i am Half, it is because, It has a very creative story. Creative Names. About the life of Lucia Santa, moving from southern Italy to new York City to live a better life, and she finds out it is not as she thought it would be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic touching family drama April 9 2002
Format:Paperback
Mario Puzo's writing style was so wonderful to read because it somehow flawlessly glides from one point of view to another. One minute, you're reading about the events from the mother's perspective where she talks about Vinnie, then suddenly you're reading about Vinnie's thoughts of his family, and so on. I loved The Godfather and now this is a favorite as well. This story is not just about family members prevailing through tragedy after tragedy, but it's also each member finding a role in life and why they must fulfill the role. It's an inspiring tale of a family in the Depression era.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Mothers Strength Jan. 31 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
After reading The Fortunate Pilgrim for one of our book club books, I was surprised to see how much I enjoyed the book. At first I was hesitant to start because I thought it would be all about the Mafia and how they survived in America. Lucia Santa character as a mother showed me the strength and determination you need as a woman to be the heart and soul of a family. How you must treat each of your children in certain ways expecting not always the same thing from each of them. The heartaches she felt it this book made me feel as if I to were going through them. I would suggest this book as a good read.
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