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The Godfather

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

one of the best mob stories ever told

i decided to read the godfather because it is one of my favorite movies of all time. now, after having read the book i see the whole story in a different light. mario puzo writes this book with such passion and detail, and writes about each charicter in depth no matter ...
i decided to read the godfather because it is one of my favorite movies of all time. now, after having read the book i see the whole story in a different light. mario puzo writes this book with such passion and detail, and writes about each charicter in depth no matter how small a part they play. i recomend this book for all godfather fanatics. i will leave you breathless no matter how many times you have seen the movie.

posted by theReaderAA on August 31, 2009

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

didn't really impress me

As a big fan of the Godfather movie(s) I jumped at the chance to borrow this book from a friend of mine. 'You will love all the things that weren't covered by the movie,' he promised, 'and when you watch the movie again, you will notice lots of little things you missed...
As a big fan of the Godfather movie(s) I jumped at the chance to borrow this book from a friend of mine. 'You will love all the things that weren't covered by the movie,' he promised, 'and when you watch the movie again, you will notice lots of little things you missed before.' Well, he was half right. The movie is a very accurate translation of the novel, so you will definitely feel deja vu at each turn of the page. Some of the scenes that were cut were used in the Godfather Part II (the young Vito Corleone's rise to power). Others were mercifully banished forever because they were tangiental to the plot (Johnny Fontaine's career as a movie producer) or were insufferably stupid (Lucy Mancini's medical 'issue'). I didn't feel like I gained a great deal of insight on the characters from reading this book, although some of the background material was helpful (Tom Hayden's thoughts, and Don Vito's philosphies especially). I admit that after reading the book, I noticed some subtleties in the movie that I missed in my many previous viewings (Michael's runny nose in Sicily). But let's face it, none of them were critical to my understanding of the movie's plot or the character's motivations. As a stand alone, if you have never seen the movie, don't bother with this book: like many bestsellers it is poorly written, with anemic characterizations and point-to-point prose. This one is for fans only.

posted by Anonymous on November 2, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2004

    didn't really impress me

    As a big fan of the Godfather movie(s) I jumped at the chance to borrow this book from a friend of mine. 'You will love all the things that weren't covered by the movie,' he promised, 'and when you watch the movie again, you will notice lots of little things you missed before.' Well, he was half right. The movie is a very accurate translation of the novel, so you will definitely feel deja vu at each turn of the page. Some of the scenes that were cut were used in the Godfather Part II (the young Vito Corleone's rise to power). Others were mercifully banished forever because they were tangiental to the plot (Johnny Fontaine's career as a movie producer) or were insufferably stupid (Lucy Mancini's medical 'issue'). I didn't feel like I gained a great deal of insight on the characters from reading this book, although some of the background material was helpful (Tom Hayden's thoughts, and Don Vito's philosphies especially). I admit that after reading the book, I noticed some subtleties in the movie that I missed in my many previous viewings (Michael's runny nose in Sicily). But let's face it, none of them were critical to my understanding of the movie's plot or the character's motivations. As a stand alone, if you have never seen the movie, don't bother with this book: like many bestsellers it is poorly written, with anemic characterizations and point-to-point prose. This one is for fans only.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Still a great read.....

    Even though this book is not a new one, it's still among the best in its genre. Well worth another read.

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