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One of the greatest novels ever written.

  • Jul 5, 2000
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Mario Puzo, an otherwise quite forgettable author, has penned in "The Godfather" not only the greatest crime novel of the 20th century, but in reality, one of the greatest novels of any genre in the 20th century.

The action opens quickly, there is good character development, excellent background material, triumph, tragedy, and love. Most of all, the novel demonstrates a type of "Old Testament" system of honor totally unknown any longer in modern society.

The novel demonstrates that, even among the underworld of society, there exist many of the same problems that the rest of us deal with: family difficulties, desire for freedom, security (or lack thereof) and religious crises.

An outstanding read, well made into a series of good movies.

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review by . December 31, 2004
I do have to start with the admission that I do feel the movie was, in the case, better than the book. Anyway, I enjoyed it more. That could be just me though. That being said, I do feel this work is well worth the read. It certainly will grab your attention and hold it. I would rank it a bit above pulp fiction as the author's style and character developement is quite good and the story line certainly works. Even those who do not particularly enjoy "ganster books," (I fit that category), will find …
review by . March 21, 2003
Many people consider the film to be the best of all time. Well the quality of the movie doesn't come close to the book. A good deal of the book seems like we are reading a true account instead of fiction. Several of the characters that had minor roles in the movie, have much larger roles and are actually quite interesting in the book (ex. Johnny Fontaine, Moe Greene, Lucy). Puzo seemed to have the masters touch when it came to story telling.
review by . June 27, 2001
This is a great book on many levels. Firstly it is a fascinating and detailed book of an Italian family living and loving in the land of opportuntity. It is historically accurate, richly detailed, and utterly believable.Secondly it has wonderful characters. The Don himself and his family; the different people from varied circumstances who are driven to ask him favours for whatever reasons; and the people of rural Sicily.Finally it is a great crime story. Who can forget the horse's head in the bed? …
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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'sThe Godfatherthat 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 Godfatheris the definitive gangster novel.
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ISBN-10: 0451167716
ISBN-13: 978-0451167712
Author: Mario Puzo
Publisher: Signet

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