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The Godfather

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 14 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 April 26, 2014

    An Italian/American classic.

    Like the movie, you can never tire of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    Solid. not great

    The Godfather is the famous novel by Mario Puzo from which the book is adapted. Most people are familiar with the basic story: it details the life and business of Mafia Don Vito Corleone, and his son Michael's rise to power. The book and the movie are virtually the same besides a few running subplots, and flashbacks to Don Vito's youth. Although the story is the same, the book has a different 'feel'. The reader gets mor insight into the minds of the characters, but besides that the book does not offer anything different that the movie didn't cover better. The Godfather novel reads like it was written to be a bestseller if that makes any sense. Still I would recommend to Godfather fans.

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