The Godfather

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When Mario Puzo's blockbuster saga, The Godfather, was first published in 1969, critics hailed it as one of the greatest novels of our time, and "big, turbulent, highly entertaining." Since then, The Godfather has gone on to become a part of America's national culture, as well as a trilogy of landmark motion pictures. Now, in this newly-repackaged 30th Anniversary Edition, readers old and new can experience this timeless tale of crime for themselves. From the lavish opening scene where Don Corleone entertains ...

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Overview

When Mario Puzo's blockbuster saga, The Godfather, was first published in 1969, critics hailed it as one of the greatest novels of our time, and "big, turbulent, highly entertaining." Since then, The Godfather has gone on to become a part of America's national culture, as well as a trilogy of landmark motion pictures. Now, in this newly-repackaged 30th Anniversary Edition, readers old and new can experience this timeless tale of crime for themselves. From the lavish opening scene where Don Corleone entertains guests and conducts business at his daughter's wedding...to his son, Michael, who takes his father's place to fight for his family...to the bloody climax where all family business is finished, The Godfather is an epic story of family, loyalty, and how "men of honor" live in their own world, and die by their own laws.

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Editorial Reviews

Gale Research
Puzo's story details the rise of Don Vito Corleone, the fall of his sons Sonny and, especially, Michael, the Mafia's peculiar behavior code and honor system, and the violent power struggle among rival "families." To some reviewers, Puzo's tale is a symbolic treatment of the corruption of the American dream. Although not all critics view the novel so seriously, most agree with Polly Anderson in the Library Journal that "the book is well written, suspenseful and explodes in a series of dramatic climaxes." Newsweek's Pete Axthelm calls Puzo "an extremely talented storyteller" and states that The Godfather "moves at breakneck speed without ever losing its balance." And a critic for the Saturday Review contends that "Mario Puzo has achieved the definitive novel about a sinister fraternity of crime."
Library Journal
Though not out of print, this 1969 gangster potboiler here makes the leap to trade paperback. Thanks to Francis Coppola's brilliant film adaptation, this story has achieved cult status with millions of fans, who continue to read it. In addition to its larger size, this incarnation offers a new introduction and afterword. How could you refuse? Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Dick Schaap
The Godfather is not written nearly so artfully as Portnoy's Complaint. Nor does it approach the humor of Roth's work. Yet The Godfather is such a compelling story, a better-written Sicilian entry into the Irving sweepstakes, the truth-disguised-and-distorted-as-fiction genre, that any day now, I am certain the Portnoy family and the Corleone family will end up sharing the heady heights of best-sellerdom as comfortably as the Jews and the Italians have long shared the pleasures of salami.
Books of the Century, The New York Times review, March 1970
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451167712
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1983
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 39,272
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Mario Puzo was born on Manhattan’s West Side in the neighborhood known as Hell’s Kitchen. His first books, The Fortunate Pilgrim (“a minor classic” New York Times) and Dark Arena, brought him critical acclaim, but it was the publication of The Godfather in March 1969 that catapulted him into the front ranks of American authors. Reviewers hailed the book as “a staggering triumph” (Saturday Review), “big, turbulent, highly entertaining” (Newsweek), “remarkable” (Look), and “a voyeur’s dream, a skillful fantasy of violent personal power” (New York Times). Winning readers by the millions, it stayed at or near the top of the New York Times bestseller lists for sixty-nine weeks. His follow-up novel, Fools Die (1978), was hailed as the publishing event of the decade. Puzo’s last novel, Omerta, was finished shortly before his death in 1999.

Biography

Mario Puzo was born in New York and, following military service in World War II, attended New York's New School for Social Research and Columbia University. His bestselling novel The Godfather, (1969) was preceded by two critically acclaimed novels, The Dark Arena (1955) and The Fortunate Pilgrim (1965). In 1978, he published Fools Die, followed by The Sicilian (1984), The Fourth K (1990), and the second installment in his Mafia trilogy, The Last Don (1996), which became an international bestseller and the highest-rated TV miniseries of 1997.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      October 15, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York City
    1. Date of Death:
      July 2, 1999
    2. Place of Death:
      Bay Shore, Long Island
    1. Education:
      Attended New York City's New School for Social Research and Columbia University

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

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    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 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.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Yes, It is as good as they say.

    Okay, here's the thing. If you haven't seen the movie or read the book but plan to, READ THE BOOK FIRST. You will appreciate Mario Puzo's style and ability to make you feel like you are right there along side the characters that you fall in love with so much more if you do. Puzo creates a world that is realistic and makes sense with everything that is surrounded by the 1930s. The movie is also a classic. It portrays Puzo's masterpiece in a way I have never seen any other movie do. It gives the book justice and is so close to what Puzo describes, it feels like you are re-reading the book. Again, read the book first. If you haven't already read Puzo's writing, you are missing out. It's not called a classic for nothing.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

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    A great story by a great author.

    I was amazed at the character study that this book represents and I wanted to turn to the next page before I was finished with the one I was on. Mario Puzo's characters were as real as they come. The realationships between the Don and his family gave you a number of feelings. There were those that he didn't trust, and those that he would give his life for. The Godfather's characters brought you into the story and gave more meaning to it.

    This is the story of the Corleone Family and their existence in the N.Y. Mafia. The story covers a time span of the early 1900's until the late 1940's. The Godfather was the first of its kind. Others have tried to imitate but came up short.

    A great story by a great author. Highly recommend.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Exquisite

    The remarkable thing about Mario Puzo's novel was the way it seemed to be told from the inside out; he didn't give us a world of international intrigue, but a private club as constricted as the seventh grade. Everybody knew everybody else and had a pretty good feeling of what they were up to. The Godfather himself is not even the central character in the book. That position goes to the youngest, brightest son, Michael, who understands the nature of his father's position while revising his old-fashioned ways. The Godfather's role in the family enterprise is described by his name; he stands outside the next generation which will carry on and, hopefully, angle the family into legitimate enterprises.

    All in all this a great novel because it provides the same thirst quenching sensation as a bottle of cold water on a hot and sunny day. Definitely a must

    -Tatian. O

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Awesome

    you cannot go wrong in buying this book!! its absolutely great!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    An Moral, Tremendous and Thrill Story - You Should Read it !

    The story is about the battle among a potential crime family- Corleone and some other mafia families in New York.
    This story shows that no matter who you are, what kind of job you've been holding - you always maintain your own characteristics and qualities. Don't be affected or attracted by other people or anyone outside the society. It also shows the love and moral inside of a family about how they are happy or sad when one of the family member is in danger. Trying to do the best to protect the family and trust in each member of the family regardless of how bad the consequences will cause.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Amazing Classic!

    Great Novel! Brings out the history of Sicily and the Mafia. This book takes place whre I live which is Long Island! Classic story that will be told for hundreds of years if not thousands!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    My review on The Godfather

    This is very tough to put down. There were a few chapters that weren't interesting, but everything else was hard to stop reading once I started.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

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    Fans won't be disappointed

    I enjoyed this book very much, it has all the elements you'd expect from a Mafia book (I still think the movie was better). The structure had me wondering about the time line more than once.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    A great classic read

    The Godfather is every bit the classic as the movie and one of the few where I like both the book and the film. In my opinion, this is the heart of all Mafia type novels and I think there can be nothing better than this book.

    The book starts off with an introduction on what kind of a person Don Corleone is. He oozes respect and class. The first few lines you read about him, you know that although he's the type of person you would turn to and someone you can trust, there's another side of him you wouldn't want to see and better off not knowing. Throughout the book you get mini stories in between the actual real plot. You get the inside-out of other characters and their background stories. It does aid the plot in some areas, in others, it's just a way of knowing some extra information - which still makes it a great read. Yes, you do get the classical Mafia wars that's an automatic requirement to make this a "mob novel" but it's done in such a way where it's classy and although it's unfortunate to happen to some characters in the novel, you're left thinking: "Well..you should have known better in the first place".

    The characters are rich and filled with life throughout the book. I think it's thanks to these "mini stories" you have throughout the novel and it gives the characters more "flesh" so to speak. I like how they're all connected somehow with the Corleone family either through family relations, friendship, or the "favour" being done so the debt is being repaid. There's not too many characters to make it confusing, and there's even a specific part in the book where Puzo takes the time to explain to the reader which Don is which and of which family he is leader of, also he explains the ranks of Mafia as well to help the reader understand. He does a great job with explaining carefully that you're not left lost or wondering who is who. It may feel like there's a lot of characters but there's really just a group of central characters that you have to focus on which makes it less confusing and a much enjoyable read.The plot is very well done. There are certain parts where the plot "takes a break" and it may bother some readers, it didn't bother me I actually enjoyed the mini stories and in some cases it helps you understand how a certain character's relationship with the Don came to be.

    Things that may bother some readers, some gory details, naturally this is a Mafia book so there will be blood. There are racial slurs and moments of misogyny and sexism. If you can read through that without bothering you, then this book will be a great read. I think it's a classic. The only real beef I have with this particular edition of the book is there are a lot of grammatical and spelling errors. I don't know why there's so many errors but it does get in the way of certain phrases and some spelling errors are so blatantly obvious.

    Overall a great Mafia read and although it's a whopping 500 plus page book I don't regret it. It's definitely worth the time. I like both the movies and the book and will probably put this book among my favorites.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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 February 24, 2013

    The Godfather

    Probablly one of the best books ive ever read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Love it

    The Corleones are a fun and diverse group of cgaracters to read about. There's enough diversity to keep it interesting and enough similarity to make them a family.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    What a Genre classic

    Best Mob book ever. I never get tired of reading the "Godfather" of all Mafia books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Good

    I liked it al, even though this is not something Im very interested in.. 4/5

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Everyone should read!

    It was the best read when it first came out years ago and I reread now and couldn't put it down. Has your attention at all times. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Great story and if you enjoyed this then I highly recommend the

    Great story and if you enjoyed this then I highly recommend the book Gangster

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Do Not Trust "Express Shipping"!

    Ordered this book for my daughter's bday. Although I received an email that same day, Mon Aug 18, stating "Your Order Is Ready To Ship, Express Shipping 1-3 days", my package was never delivered until Sat Aug 23...TWO DAYS LATE FOR HER BIRTHDAY. I am definitely Not Happy With This Member Service!?

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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 April 22, 2014

    One of my favorites

    I saw the movie before reading the book, and i felt the need to pick this up for a read afterwards. It was fantastic. Highly recommended.

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