5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Don
I really liked this book. The reason I first got it was because I knew that Mario Puzo wrote the Godfather and I loved that movie. I decided to get the book, and I was not disappointed.
This book is about the workings of Cross DE Lena and the Clercuzio family. Cross and Dante are grandsons of the Don and they make a name for themselves. Cross owns a huge...
Published on May 18 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars - not bad but not great either
In The Last Don, Puzo again delves into the realm of organized crime families. He spins a tale of the aging Don of a powerful New York crime family who yearns-and plans-for a day when future generations of his family can transition from the world organized crime to that of legitimate enterprise. As the story unfolds, the Don, who is at the same time a strategic thinker...
Published on Dec 4 2003 by Timothy J. Kindler
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Don,
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This book is about the workings of Cross DE Lena and the Clercuzio family. Cross and Dante are grandsons of the Don and they make a name for themselves. Cross owns a huge casino/hotel in Las Vegas, and Dante is the The number one hitman for the family. But when a family secret that the Don wants know one to know gets out, there becomes a huge war with in the Family.
This is a great book for anyone who likes action our who liked the Godfather. This book shows that after all these years Puzo can still write a great mafia story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Mafia Book by Puzo,
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Don,
This is not Puzo at his finest but the book is definitely intersting if you like mafia stories.
The young Don has to make many decisions while trying to capture the heart of a beautiful movie star.
The only thing that annoyed me about the book was the fact that there were so many characters, at times it was hard to follow who was who.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing, entertaining, and a ripping good read.,
There are problems. Some members of the family are less than enthusiastic about abandoning the underworld, and this is the nexus of the story. Nephew Cross De Lena and Grandson Dante Clericuzio fight what amounts to a secret civil war within the Family, even as the legacy of earlier terrible deeds by the great Don himself finally come home to roost. This is an entertaining and insightful story, well-written. It is equally good with beer and chips, or for a more introspective reader.
The book is not without faults. As an attorney, I can only say that Puzo's depiction of "California juries" as regards the insanity defense, is simply asinine, and shows either a contempt for the way things really are, or a simple disregard for facts in order to entertain. OK, I guess, authors are entitled to take liberties with the truth in order to entertain us, I just thought that this particular liberty was unnecessary, since the book seems authentic in so many other ways. Whatever.
The novel's treatment of Hollywood is hilarious. Basically, Puzo depicts the struggles of competing studios, actors, and actresses in the entertainment world as essentially a legalized mob conflict, without the guns. I don't know much about Hollywood, so I have no comment about this except to say that here Puzo was pretty entertaining.
Overall, this was an outstanding book that makes for an excellent read.
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars - not bad but not great either,
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Godfather, but it has a similar feel,
The story didn't seem as intense as the tale told in The Godfather, but it was engrossing nonetheless. I thought the characters were very well written and I really felt like I knew where they were coming from.
After reading this book, I watched the miniseries, which did not nearly live up to the book. If you liked The Godfather, I would recommend reading this as well, but don't expect it to be quite that good.
4.0 out of 5 stars A very readable novel if not quite "The Godfather",
The Godfather dealt with the Mafia from roughly the 1930s through the 1950s. This novel is more contemporary and appears to be set in the 1990s. Mostly, the story has an authentic quality to it, and it moves along at a very brisk pace. Puzo's prose is clear and makes the book a pleasure to read.
Some of the sub-plots in the novel are just plain unrealistic. For example, he explains how a Hollywood attorney and a "California Jury" fails to convict a murderer based on a temporary insanity defense, and a few months later the perp is walking the streets a free man.... But hey, makes a great story, anyway. And make no mistake, this is a minor quibble--this is a great story.
Puzo's portrayal of the movie business as being essentially as brutal as the Mafia is hilarious. Is it true to life? I doubt it, but it sure is entertaining.
The Last Don was made into a miniseries which is fairly faithful to the novel (Part 1 of the miniseries is, that is). If you enjoy the novel, the DVD of the miniseries is a great entertainment value.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mafia in American Society,
The setting of The Last Don is Las Vegas in 1995. The author did a very skillful job of describing Las Vegas. He pays very close attention to details. In the book, Las Vegas symbolizes the chaos and corruption in the world. The plot of The Last Don is that two cousins, Cross De Lena and Dante Clericuzio, hate each other because of a past war and must decide what to do about one another. There are also several sub-plots, such as the love between Cross and Athena and the relationship between Pippi De Lena and his daughter Claudia. Even minor characters play major roles in the story.
I enjoyed The Last Don tremendously. It was the best mafia-themed book that I have ever read. It was full of non-stop action and a twist around every corner. It also entwines love and romance into the bloody plot. I would recommend The Last Don to people who are interested in books about Mafia in America. It should, however, be read by mature audiences. The book has numerous bloody battles as well as various sexual scenes. The only bad part about the story is that the plot is not revealed until around 150 pages from the end. Definitely a great book to read on a rainy day.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel on par with The Godfather,
2.0 out of 5 stars Soap opera about mob,
By A Customer
Puzo is an average writer. He knows who to tell the story fluently and that just about wraps it up. Everything else in this book stinks - annoying larger-then-life characthers, bad dialogues and predictable plot. After reading 1/4 of a book I knew what will happen at the end, and I am no Einstein, I admit.
Soap opera about mob, is my definition of this novel. Easy to read, beyond belive and sometimes irritating.
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