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The Godfather [Paperback]

Mario Puzo , Peter Bart , Robert Smith Thompson
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March 5 2002
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.

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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. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars classic! Feb. 26 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
bought it for a xmas present and it was an instant hit! can't go wrong with a classic award winning story of the Corleone family!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 28 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Simply excellent, inspired me a lot in my life. The godfather was better than most of the politicians, you will not be disappointed
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must read novel if you like crime fiction July 17 2013
By Joe
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well, I read if after watch the movie. It's good. However, just as M.P. put it, any professional writer can write such a novel when he/she gets good at writing. It's a decent novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Jan. 12 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Certainly a timeless, modern classic. You can read this book today and still enjoy it. The book is much better than the movie. Well done Mario Puzo
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5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting classic March 3 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It becomes clear after watching the movie before reading the book that The Godfather novel is better than the movie even though I rank The Godfather movies as one of the best ever. This saga about Corleone Family, gives the best definition of the mafia genre than all the written works that may be known. The character development is unrivalled, the plot is marvelous, the pace is fast, the setting is engrossing and with the complex though fascinating lessons contained within the lines, one gets something close to a catechism. I think that is why Francis Ford Coppola did not have to alter much in the story to produce the movies.
"Behind every great fortune, there is a crime," Wrote the French novelist Balzac. This quote is the forerunner to The Godfather. It takes a short while into the novel to realize that The Godfather transcends being just a novel. Many readers have confessed that it altered their perception of life after reading it. It certainly is a classic with the most influential and deep-cutting influence on the minds of its readers. This novel presents us with the uncommon code and workings of the Mafia. It also explores the lives of the people who are directly or indirectly involved in it. Throughout the novel, one is forced to view Don Corleone as a very good bad man.
Mario Puzo's The Godfather is rich with wide-ranging characters as well. There is Don Corleone's first son-the short-tempered Sonny, Fredo the weak-minded second son, Michael the reluctant son with his father's steel-mindedness who ends up to save the family and Connie the baby sister who follows her impulses all the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Read You Can't Refuse!!! Sept. 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not many works of fiction can claim to have significantly changed the face of American culture; Mario Puzo's classic novel The Godfather is surely one of those. Look at the evidence: This book (and the wonderful cinematic counterpart) reintroduced the gangster as an American icon. It helped to spawn entire new genres in fiction and films. (Some critics suggest there should be an entirely new designation for this genre and have dubbed it "The Eastern".) Of course, it introduced that classic catchphrase "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." Finally, it introduced one of the great heroic criminals into literature in the person of Don Vito Corleone (a character reportedly based on Puzo's own mother). Yes, it is true that the movie and not the novel must take much of this credit, but this work is hardly the two-star pulp trash that a few misguided critics have made it to be. It's solid all the way through, particularly the fabulous portrayals of the ruthless gentleman Don Vito and his family, epecially the sons: hotheaded Sonny (whose penchant for needless violence proves fatal), cowardly Freddie (who is spooked by the Don's near-assasination and runs away to Las Vegas), and, most memorably, cool, reserved Michael (who, in the end, proves a tactical genius truly worthy to be called his father's son.) Also, don't forget the fabulous cast of supporting characters: singers Johnny Fontaine and Nino Valenti (read: Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin), and the many minor players such as Luca Brasi and Amerigo Bonserai, who literally owe their very existence to the Don's generosity. And the women!!! Such marvels of strength, tenacity and character presented in blindly obidient Connie, questioning Kay, and the Don's own wife, who knows much more than she reveals. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant novel, but HORRIBLE EDITION June 29 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
DO NOT BUY THE SIGNET 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THIS NOVEL. The novel deserves so much better than the shoddy, distracting proofreading in this edition. I held off on reading the novel because I figured I'd seen the movie & that was enough. Boy was I wrong. It's brilliant. It's masterful. It's incredibly entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern day masterpiece June 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Everyone once in a long while comes along a book that would forever stand out in the midst of all its contemporaries and get etched into the consciousness of the general populace. One such book is Godfather, a modern day masterpiece by Mario Puzo. This book, a classic of our modern times has been widely read and appreciated for over a quarter of a century and has even been adopted into three of the most popular motion pictures ever.
In this book, Puzo delivers unto us a spellbinding tale of the American Mafioso of the Sicilian origin. The intricately woven plot revolves around the lives of the family members and associates of the Godfather, Don Vito Corleone, who is portrayed as a man of immense bulk and even immense power in every place, yet over staying out of the limelight. It delves deeply into the lives of the Don, his family and his associates and henchmen. It gives us a ringside view of an American born Sicilian son's vendetta against his father's attackers, his time in hiding and ultimately his rise as the Don upon his father's death. Through out the book, there is always the feeling that even the Mafiosi have their own families that they care deeply about, as is evident from their actions. At times, even these bloodthirsty 'animales' seem humane, an achievement on Puzo's part.
The portrayal of the brutal, remorseless world of the mafia, which is so dark, yet so magnetically charming, is brilliant, at times even mercilessly so. This tale had raised much of a storm in the hearts of it's readers, albeit one of awe and admiration.
Anyone who starts reading this book would never be able to put it down; so engrossing is this tale of an entire underground, invisible, all pervasive, secret society.
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