The Godfather by Mario Puzo

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A Mafia Whiteoaks, bound for popularity, once you get past the author's barely concealed admiration for the "ethics" and postulates of primitive power plays.


The Godfather—the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenon.

Almost fifty years ago, a classic was born. A searing portrayal of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and their powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor. The seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and the allegiance to family—these are the themes that have resonated with millions of readers around the world and made The Godfather the definitive novel of the violent subculture that, steeped in intrigue and controversy, remains indelibly etched in our collective consciousness.


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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 January 1, 1970 by Heinemann. 576 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Parenting & Relationships, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Crime. Fiction
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Above average
on Apr 09 2012

A Mafia Whiteoaks, bound for popularity, once you get past the author's barely concealed admiration for the "ethics" and postulates of primitive power plays.

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Reviewed by alannahbee2 on Feb 09 2014

This book is powerful and simply brilliant. The characters, so hardened and caustic at first glance, are in truth foolish or at least under the influence of greed and blood-thirsty ambition. But they are also sad, sad microcosms, none more so than the protagonist, Michael.

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That's What She Read

Reviewed by Michelle on Dec 31 2013

The story is absolutely outstanding; the complexities of the family bonds, the strength of those bonds, the power, the money, the battle for supremacy, the cold-bloodedness are realistic and awe-inspiring.

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Reviewed by Sayan Mukherjee on Jan 28 2014

One of my all time favorites and one of the most gripping novels that I have ever read. the Godfather is compelling in the intensity of the emotions of the events it depicts and the casual, neutral style of narration serves as an excellent foil.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

on Oct 25 2010

This is a classic for a reason. That reason is not the great writing. In fact, it's barely a step above pulp fiction. But it's fun, it's well plotted, it's entertaining as hell, it's got great characters, and the Godfather invites you to read it.

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Reviewed by Alyce on May 20 2009

I also liked that the book included the story of Vito Corleone’s life and how he became the Godfather – information that is not provided in the movie The Godfather...

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Prolific Living

on Jun 19 2009

The Godfather is a masterpiece and a classic, and a story that once read and consumed, leaves its readers and viewers changed permanently.

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