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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read March 1 2004
By Ryan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mario Puzo is truly a gifted writer. In the Godfather, he was able to mix an outstanding story line into characters that were extremely lifelike. As you read farther and farther into the book, I could feel the intensity rise as the Corleone saga continued. The Godfather is one of the few books that I couldn't put down. I wanted to turn to the next page before I was finished with the one I was on.
The Godfather was the first of its kind. Others have tried to imitate such a novel, but no one can match to Mario Puzo's writing skills. Mario Puzo is an outstanding writer and I think that he has given a gift to the world through the Godfather novel.
Mario Puzo's characters were as real as they come. The realationships between the Don and his family gave you a number of feelings. There were those that he didn't trust, and those that he would give his life for. The Godfather's characters brought you into the story and gave more meaning to it. I would recomend anyone to read this book, as it truly is amazing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A 4.5 star classic Feb. 20 2004
By Frikle
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Noone hasn't heard of The Godfather. Almost everyone has seen it. The movies (I and II) have been acclaimed as some of the greatest films of all time. The Godfather in novel form more than lives up to the expectations that in most adaptations the book is better than the movie. The story follows the rise of Michael Corleone as the Don of his mafia family. Michael is an unlikely Don who starts off as a college-graduate and war-hero who is ashamed of his family's illegal ties. But then circumstances changed...
The book has one better on what the movie has been accused of - gratuitous length. Godfather I and II are both very long and the attention to detail detracts from the attention spans of the more impatient viewers. But a novel is expected to be long and detailed - in fact it's not too long by literary standards.
The book covers Godfather I and parts from II which talk about Vito Corleone's beginnings as an Italian immigrant. It also has many plotlines that aren't in the movies. The greatness of the book is that it creates a whole world of emotion - with the loyalty, betrayals and murders. The book ties in subtle parts of the plot together making you see things that watching the movie aren't at all obvious (like the intentions of certain characters and the motivations for their behaviour). If you liked the Godfather movies at all or are interested in the workings of an Italian crime family at it's grandest, this book is gold.
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The Godfather is one of the great novels of the twentieth century and constitutes the defining story of organized crime in America. Oh, other novels have and will be written on this subject, some of them very good indeed. But The Godfather stands alone, far above all others of the genre. This is a classic and great novel. Seven stars at least.
This is the story of Don Vito Corleone, whose Sicilian father (family name of Andolini) is murdered by the local Mafia Don in Corleone, Sicily. Relatives spirit young Vito away to America, for otherwise he too will be murdered to prevent the otherwise certain day when he will come for revenge. Vito comes to America and builds an empire of organized crime.
The triumph of this novel is that it explains the Mafia as the Mafia sees itself. As Vito's son Michael explains, Vito (known to friends and associates as The Godfather, a traditional term of respect) sees himself as the equal of presidents, senators, and governors of the states, and sees no reason to be "a fool" or to accept the rules of society that condemn others to (what he perceives as) lives of failure and subordination. Accordingly, Don Corleone rejects the rules of society, the fact that governments restrict the use of violence to themselves, and builds his own society--La Cosa Nostra ("our world"). Within the narrow limits of this world he is more powerful than the government.
The book can be criticized for somewhat glorifying the underworld, but in reality by the time the reader completes the novel the corruption, violence, and destructiveness of organized crime are depressingly obvious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Eris
5.0 out of 5 stars classic!
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!
Published 6 months ago by Anna Guercio
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Simply excellent, inspired me a lot in my life. The godfather was better than most of the politicians, you will not be disappointed
Published 7 months ago by Sammy Boy
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read novel if you like crime fiction
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. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
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
Published 20 months ago by David Solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BUY
Published on Feb. 12 2012 by Michel Yves Savard
4.0 out of 5 stars A favorite, and classic read
The Godfather is every bit the classic as the movie and one of the few where I like both the book and the film. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2009 by Karoline
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly done audio, does justice to a brilliant novel
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio rendering of the Godfather. I'm new to audio books, but I was very pleasantly surprised to see that this multi-performer audio made the story doubly... Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2006 by umairSalam
5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting classic
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... Read more
Published on March 3 2005 by Sancho Mahle
4.0 out of 5 stars amazing
now dont get me wrong i love the book. i gave it four stars however because of the incredibly boring excess of parts about johnny fontane,lucy mancini, etc. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by "boredom5498"
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