The Fortunate Pilgrim by Mario Puzo

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The Godfather may have its dark men with their strange charisma, but Pilgrim has something better — an unflinching grasp of human darkness.
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efore The Godfather and The Last Don, there was Puzo's classic story about the loves, crimes and struggles confronted by one family of New York City immigrants living in Hell's Kitchen. Fresh from the farms in Italy, Lucia Santa struggles to hold her family together in a strange land. At turns poignant, comic and violent, and with a new preface by the author, The Fortunate Pilgrim is Italian-American fiction at its very best.


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About Mario Puzo

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Mario Puzo, best known as the author of The Godfather, was born on October 15, 1920 in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II, and when he returned attended New York's School for Social Research and Columbia University. He wrote pulp stories and edited Male magazine before publishing his first novel, The Dark Arena (1955). His works were well-received critically, but failed to generate much revenue until he published his most notable work, The Godfather, which was ultimately made into a trilogy of award-winning movies. Puzo continued writing novels, and his final work, Omerta, was finished not long before his death. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in both 1972, and 1974. Puzo died on July 2, 1999 in Bay Shore, Long Island.
 
Published September 28, 2004 by Ballantine Books. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Crime, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by Zoe Ferraris on May 14 2012

The Godfather may have its dark men with their strange charisma, but Pilgrim has something better — an unflinching grasp of human darkness.

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