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The Best a treasure of a story,plot and movie to keep forevergood storytelling and amazing writing paperback I m sure you ve had the timeless book verses movie argument before Everyone has You re standing at the water cooler at work, and a coworker comes up to you and says Boy, The English Patient is an excellent movie And maybe you say something back like Michael Ondaatje s Booker Prize winning novel is far superior At that point, your coworker calls you a pretentious snob and you respond with sewer dwelling ignorance peddler There is some cursing Maybe someone throws water on the other I m sure you ve had the timeless book verses movie argument before Everyone has You re standing at the water cooler at work, and a coworker comes up to you and says Boy, The English Patient is an excellent movie And maybe you say something back like Michael Ondaatje s Booker Prize winning novel is far superior At that point, your coworker calls you a pretentious snob and you respond with sewer dwelling ignorance peddler There is some cursing Maybe someone throws water on the other That s the argument It is great fun, and an eminently worthwhile way to spend the moments God gives us The Godfather is a great example of this type of debate Which is better Mario Puzo s bestselling novel, or Francis Ford Coppola s Academy Award winning film The answer is both Or neither They are the same Not just the same extremely high quality, but almost literally the same If I were an alien visiting earth, I would believe it if someone told me that Puzo s The Godfather was actually a novelization of Coppola s movie I assume, if I were an alien visiting Earth, the topic of movie novelizations would eventually arise That is not the case, of course Puzo s novel was published in 1969 Coppola s film came out in 1972, and spawned two sequels, one of which is worth mentioning At this point, The Godfather legacy is so pervasive that I feel like my job is done Even if you haven t read the book or seen the movie, you probably know all the plot points, character beats, and one liners There s nothingto say However, since I get paid by the word, I ll keep going The Godfather tells the story of the Corleone family They are typical American strivers who immigrated from Italy, started a business selling olive oil, and are part of the Mafia The patriarch of the family the Godfather is Vito Andolini Corleone, a distant and reticent man of near omnipotent powers He is surrounded by three sons hotheaded Santino Sonny weak and obedient Frederico Fredo and young World War II hero Michael, who when the novel opens has never been part of the family business The family s consigliere, or advisor, is the Irish American orphan Tom Hagan.The novel like the film opens with the wedding of Don Corleone s daughter Connie This is an excellent device for introducing on the main characters, their roles within the hierarchy, and the Don s far reaching power I could spend all day comparing the book to the film I promise I won t But I d feel remiss if I failed to mention how much time is spent on a character named Lucy Mancini This is one of the big differences between book and movie In the film, we see her for a second she is the bridesmaid with whom Sonny has sexual congress In the novel, she is treated like a major character, even though her plot arc has nothing to do with the central narrative And do you want to know what her plot arc is I don t think I m spoiling anything by saying that it is a pelvic floor problem Sonny, you see, was the only man with enough manhood so to speak to satisfy Lucy Puzo, for reasons lost to history, decides to devote an entire section of the novel to Lucy s pelvic floor surgery I m not making this up I m not clever enough to make this up The precipitating event of The Godfather is the attempted assassination of Don Corleone by an up and comer named Virgil the Turk Sollozzo, who was mad at the Don because the Don didn t join him in the heroin business Don Corleone s wounding puts Sonny in charge and draws Michael into the family business I don t need to continue with a plot summary If you ve seen the movie, you know what happens next If you just came out of a long hibernation, I don t want to spoil anything It is worth noting, despite the comparisons I can t help making to the movie, that this is a standalone piece of quality fiction The characters are unforgettable, from the central figure of Don Corleone himself, who is given a lengthy flashback section familiar to fans of The Godfather, Part II , to secondary characters such as Luca Brasi a sort of Sicilian Keyser Soze, whose very name terrifies people and Johnny Fontane a Frank Sinatra stand in, given his shot at stardom by the Don The plotting is excellent The story is propulsive This is the kind of book that needs to be taken on a long plane trip, because it really passes the time I had to stop reading it at bedtime, because it burned away my Z Quill haze The writing, especially the dialogue which has become part of American pop culture is excellent And worth sharing For instance, the Godfather has some Godfatherly advice on the value of friends Friendship is everything Friendship isthan talent It isthan government It is almost the equal of family Never forget that If you had built up a wall of friendships you wouldn t have to ask me to help There is also some excellent guidance on the importance of a personal touch You shouldn t let that broken jaw influence you, Hagen said McCluskey is a stupid man, and it was business, not personal For the second time he saw Michael Corleone s face freeze into a mask that resembled uncannily the Don s Tom, don t let anybody kid you It s all personal, every bit of business Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal They call it business OK But it s personal as hell You know where I learned that from The Don My old man The Godfather If a bolt of lightning hit a friend of his the old man would take it personal That s what makes him great He takes everything personal Like God He knows every feather that falls from the tail of a sparrow or however the hell it goes Right And you know something Accidents don t happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult So I came late, OK, but I m coming all the way Coppola s films resonate because they play on the hoary old tropes of the American Dream The Corleone family is the archetypical immigrant clan that comes to the United States and makes good The sly subversion, of course, is that they make good by controlling the unions and bookmaking In the film, it s easy to get behind the Corleone family as the good guys while the other Mafia families are the bad guys You cheer for Al Pacino because he s Al Pacino Hoo ahAt the same time, the film s moral compass Diane Keaton s Kay Adams is given the role of wet blanket, nagging and prying and generally taking time away from the kinetic scenes of gangland mayhem There are elements of that theme in Puzo s novel, but I found the main thread here to be much darker,brooding, and far less certain that all these people we ve followed are worthy of the attention Puzo opens The Godfather with a quote from Balzac Behind every great fortune there is a crime Then he sets out to give you Exhibit A He certainly baits you into siding with his protagonists early in the novel By the end, however, he makes clear that the Corleones are not heroes, but criminals, and that there is a price they ll have to pay for everything that they ve done English The Godfather ItalianoNew York, 1945 The Italian American boss Vito Corleone, during the celebrations for his daughter s wedding, agrees to meet some Italian emigrants that ask for his help Thus begins Mario Puzo s masterpiece, whose movie adaptation made Marlon Brando s interpretation of Don Vito famous With a simple and straightforward style, Puzo manages to masterfully describe a series of intricate and temporally shifted events, involving the reader and maintaining high levels English The Godfather ItalianoNew York, 1945 The Italian American boss Vito Corleone, during the celebrations for his daughter s wedding, agrees to meet some Italian emigrants that ask for his help Thus begins Mario Puzo s masterpiece, whose movie adaptation made Marlon Brando s interpretation of Don Vito famous With a simple and straightforward style, Puzo manages to masterfully describe a series of intricate and temporally shifted events, involving the reader and maintaining high levels of suspense It comes out the best cross section of the Italian American subculture never done before, and probably never equaled.The wisdom of Don Vito Corleone is disarming, it arouses feelings of respect also in the readers, making the godfather one of the most charismatic characters ever.Vote 9New York, 1945 Il boss italo americano Vito Corleone, durante i festeggiamenti per il matrimonio della figlia, acconsente a dare udienza ad alcuni emigrati italiani che invocano il suo aiuto Inizia cos il capolavoro di Mario Puzo, la cui trasposizione cinematografica ha reso celebre l interpretazione di Marlon Brando nei panni di Don Vito Con uno stile semplice ed asciutto, Puzo riesce a descrivere in maniera magistrale una serie di eventi intricati e temporalmente sfasati, coinvolgendo il lettore e mantenendo altissimi i livelli di suspense Ne viene fuori il miglior spaccato della societ italo americana mai fatto prima, e probabilmente mai eguagliato in seguito.La saggezza di Don Vito Corleone disarmante, suscita rispetto anche nei lettori, rendendo il padrino uno dei personaggi di finzione pi carismatici di sempre.Voto 9 The Godfather Mario Puzo s Mafia , Mario PuzoThe Godfather is a crime novel written by American author Mario Puzo Originally published in 1969 by G P Putnam s Sons, the novel details the story of a fictional Mafia family based in New York City and Long Beach, New York , headed by Vito Corleone The novel covers the years 1945 to 1955, and also provides the back story of Vito Corleone from early childhood to adulthood 1992 The Godfather Mario Puzo s Mafia , Mario PuzoThe Godfather is a crime novel written by American author Mario Puzo Originally published in 1969 by G P Putnam s Sons, the novel details the story of a fictional Mafia family based in New York City and Long Beach, New York , headed by Vito Corleone The novel covers the years 1945 to 1955, and also provides the back story of Vito Corleone from early childhood to adulthood 1992 1370 1376 1377 40 9646225322 1388 465 9789645544896 1388 748 9789643695729 1395 600 1395 580 9789644486975 ( Download Book ) ♼ The Godfather ♀ The Godfather the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenonAlmost 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 penguin I m one of the people who watched the whole movie trilogy and then after that found out that The Godfatherexists as a novel Naturally, I had to purchase it It is a matter of taste, I suppose, but next to the movies so elegant and grandiose it feels a bit like reading pulp fiction Maybe it s that the book is lacking the presence of charismatic Hollywood giants Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, whose legendary performances rival those of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind It s h I m one of the people who watched the whole movie trilogy and then after that found out that The Godfatherexists as a novel Naturally, I had to purchase it It is a matter of taste, I suppose, but next to the movies so elegant and grandiose it feels a bit like reading pulp fiction Maybe it s that the book is lacking the presence of charismatic Hollywood giants Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, whose legendary performances rival those of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind It s hard to tell I did feel like the story tended to lose focus once in a while in the middle of the excessive subplots concerning the graphicly described sex lives of Johnny Fontane and Lucy Mancini But I understand that, at the time, the subjects of pornography and death especially together were very controversial and obviously helped a lot with the sales, as the author Mario Puzo himself admitted.Anyway the great thing about the book is that the Corleones are all in there of course the whole main gang And they get you hooked on everything they do Classic storytelling at its best.The Godfather is basically an age old tale about power passing between generations,precisely from father to reluctant son We have the kingdom of Don Vito Corleone and his three princes There s the rash and impulsive Santino Sonny , the dim witted but soft hearted Fredo and the handsome and idealistic Michael Vito also has a neurotic daughter called Connie and an adopted son named Tom Hagen Who s German Irish, btw, and works as a lawyer in the family business.Don Vito is a very powerful and respected wise old man He is known for his hospitality and seemigly benign, reasonable nature He grants people favors and he is such a master of his game that even brutal monsters like Luca Brasi have sworn loyalty to him In short he makes you an offer you can t refuse Because, in case you do, be prepared to find a dead horse s head in your bed.The magic of The Godfather story lies in the fact that it is told entirely from the inside Which enables us to care about and relate to characters who, in real life, would be considered despicable as people It s like an exclusive peek into the closed world of a genuine Italian Mafia family And we look into this world from a viewpoint similar to the one of Kay Adams the only outsider in there.Vito Corleone makes his living mostly through gambling and prostitution and, staying true to his old school methods,says no to drugs Which is why the other Dons in the New York area decide that he is slipping and it is time to eliminate him The night Vito is shot, it is his youngest son Michael who shows up in the hospital Michael is an interesting isolated character He announces proudly that he doesn t want to have anything to do with the family business and backs this up with his actions Everything he does is different from his family he goes to college, joins an army to fight for America and plans to marry a girl who doesn t carry a drop of Italian blood in her, Kay He starts out as a hero that night, saving his father s life by moving his bed to another room and standing guard on the hospital stairs, displaying qualities bravery, calculative and cool head under pressure, etc that make him an apparent heir to the throne When the Corleones work out their revenge strategies, Michael suggests that he should be the one to kill their enemies Virgil The Turk Sollozzo and the corrupt police captain McCluskey who has assaulted him with a heavy punch in the face Against all odds, he ends up executing the two men in an Italian restaurant, during one of the most thrilling and suspenseful scenes ever created Having done away with the immediate threat to his family, he is then in danger and needs to go into exile.With Michael s trip to Sicily, the narrative perspective shifts and the story becomes his He travels through the land of his forefathers and discovers the terrifying and bloody history of this beautiful place the birthplace of the Mafia He seeks to connect with his roots by marrying a beautiful local girl called Apollonia But blow after blow is delivered to him in there first with the news of his brother Sonny s murder at home and then with the tragic death of his innocent wife and unborn child through the explosives planted in his car Everywhere Michael goes, death follows him Once he returns to America, he is no longer the man he used to be.Michael s transformation from a young war hero to a ruthless Mafia boss is both fascinating and devastating And in the end we feel a deep sense of loss, because we ve witnessed a man with so much potential for good and a bright, promising future simply sell his soul and go to hell Was it the result of his decisions or just unfortunate circumstances doesn t even seem to bear real relevance in here the story plays it out as an inevitability, as if it was always his fate.Michael is not the only one left to pay for his father s mistakes in a rather biblical manner, either all of Vito s children do, in their own ways poor, poor Fredo.The late Mario Puzo has said that The Godfather is first and foremost about family than anything else But how much a person would do for their family or how much it would cost them to betray their family are not the only issues it brings up Layers upon layers upon layers of meaning emerges as the story unfolds Questions that never find answers unless you re the actor Tom Hanks who s convinced that all of life s questions can be answered by The Godfather.It somehow manages to authentically reflect the everyday operations of a criminal empire, be a character driven psychological drama, a tale of immigrant experience the backstory of Vito s arrival to America and a study of Italian American lifestyle all at the same time While being structured as a modern myth No wonder it s so popular Indeed, dear reader, I did not hate The Godfather I h aa ted it.How much did I hate it Well I could start with a long dissemination of Mario Puzo s simplistic and repetitive prose Puzo seems to think the reader needs a reminder of plot points that occured ten pages ago, and that unnecessarily drawing out an obvious reveal by splitting it up into three points of view counts as suspense.Or I could give you a thorough cataloguing of how very poser y The Godfather, with its bombastic ideas of mas Indeed, dear reader, I did not hate The Godfather I h aa ted it.How much did I hate it Well I could start with a long dissemination of Mario Puzo s simplistic and repetitive prose Puzo seems to think the reader needs a reminder of plot points that occured ten pages ago, and that unnecessarily drawing out an obvious reveal by splitting it up into three points of view counts as suspense.Or I could give you a thorough cataloguing of how very poser y The Godfather, with its bombastic ideas of masculinity and supposed gritty crime plotlines And yet for moral convenience, the only people we see the Corleone Family harm are fellow mobsters they are at war with and somehow the Corleones are never the instigators or else, terrible human beings who are child molesters I m not kidding.I have an essay on my hard drive about how the worship of this book and the character of Vito Corleone is misguided, as he better represents the utter failure of the American Dream and its corruption of true values that is if one takes Puzo s vision seriously at all, which one really shouldn t, as it is just another weak attempt at the myth of the Single Man, as well as obviously only prodding history for hopefully salacious material, rather than having an insight into the times.And I could talk on forever about the greatest myth of Puzo s history is his adherance to the Madonna Whore view of his female characters, only slightly amendedspecifically in Puzo s case to the Long Suffering Wife Whose Willingfully Ignorant Devotion To Her Husband Is Only Matched By Her Spiritual Devotion To Praying For His Soul and the Body, of which there are two subtypes, the Vagina Woman Who Only Exists As A Sexual Object and the Victim Woman Who Exists As A Punching Bag Usually For Plot Device Purposes.But really that would involve spendingtime about thinking about this truly wretched book, and really just this There s a whole character in this book a secondary character who gets several chapters devoted to PoV who is defined by her gaping vagina Yes, literally Her whole character is about her large vagina We get a whole decades spanning arc about her large vagina, because really, what else could possibly beriveting about any woman What other possible characteristics could any woman have that would beimportant than that Do I really need to sayIt was this or an haiku about watching the pages burn, but I don t believe in book burning and I could never top Bradbury anyway, so this is what you get instead Come in Ah, Don Corleone, I m sorry to trouble you Sit down Thank you, Don Corleone Where is your mother from I m sorry Your mother, she is from Italia Which town The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons Mario Puzo creates his awesome world then plays with his own elements those of detective noir and mob drama like a world class chess champion Less than a fourth into the narrative, POW the Don has been shot And, hold on a sec, who is the protagonist here I thought Michael Or the Consigliari Hagen Or Hollywood heart throb Johnny Fontaine The full display of individual destinies is what makes this better than its cinematic equivalent Here we see flesh and blood people living at a Hadea Mario Puzo creates his awesome world then plays with his own elements those of detective noir and mob drama like a world class chess champion Less than a fourth into the narrative, POW the Don has been shot And, hold on a sec, who is the protagonist here I thought Michael Or the Consigliari Hagen Or Hollywood heart throb Johnny Fontaine The full display of individual destinies is what makes this better than its cinematic equivalent Here we see flesh and blood people living at a Hadean level system of business ethics and family morality included Anyway, the novel s true nature is the nature of the universe, the interlinking of good evil, natural of itself 392 Masterful As close as there is to a SOAP OPERA for MEN The need for reinvention, as well as the necessity to keep things in line with tradition are explored fully Interesting to note are the general absence of Fredo, the omnipresence of Johnny Fontaine the Hollywood sex parties in detail and how s this for risqu and appropriate to the season Best Actor Best Actress in public sex , plus invaluable insights like the entire Book V, largely absent from the beloved film as bizarre as sexual readjustment surgeries and as natural as mob allegiances in Vegas This is pure entertainment decadence for the reader at full throttle This is a classic train of portraits of a kingdom in steep decline, of its vindication and revolution, rife with those beloved Shakespearean precepts like corruption, revenge fate Tell my father I wish to be his son Michael CorleoneThis is the line that won me over Edited 15 04 2019 GR ate my review I can t fucking believe it sobs re write review is in order.hopefully Here is a few reasons why I put The Godfather in such a high place 1 The characters are entirely seductive, likable and engaging despite most of them being Mafia 2 The storyline is intensive, believable and it can keep you at the edge of your seat for almost a whole book 3 ITell my father I wish to be his son Michael CorleoneThis is the line that won me over Edited 15 04 2019 GR ate my review I can t fucking believe it sobs re write review is in order.hopefully Here is a few reasons why I put The Godfather in such a high place 1 The characters are entirely seductive, likable and engaging despite most of them being Mafia 2 The storyline is intensive, believable and it can keep you at the edge of your seat for almost a whole book 3 It s one hell of a great family saga, and you can actually see the 1950s post war Italian community in the USA of that time 4 Okay..I m not amused by how female characters got shoved into tiny boxes of being obedient wives, mothers and daughters, whilst men make all the decisions but for the awesomeness of the story, I can forgive this flaw 5 Talking about men making all the decisions, the entire story is masculine in an amazing way which actually shows the male main characters worldview, it also shows us a group of men surviving, reacting and actually finding susses and revenge in the harsh world they live in.More to come