The Family Corleone [NOOK Book]

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New York, 1933. The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression. The crime families of New York have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which organizations will rise and which will face a violent end.
For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important that his family's future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his ...
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Overview

New York, 1933. The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression. The crime families of New York have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which organizations will rise and which will face a violent end.
For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important that his family's future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny-17 years-old, impatient and reckless-wants something else: To follow in his father's footsteps and become a part of the real family business.
An exhilarating and profound novel of tradition and violence, of loyalty and betrayal, The Family Corleone will appeal to the legions of fans who can never get enough of The Godfather, as well as introduce it to a whole new generation.
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Set in the depths of the Great Depression, this Godfather prequel possesses both the authenticity of the Mario Puzo screenplay on which it is based and the force of novelist Ed Falco's prose. As it unfolds, we witness the personalities of key characters developing under stress. As hard-pressed Mafia boss Vito Corleone attempts to shield his sons from the intrinsic mayhem of his profession, his sons Sonny and Michael, and his adopted son Tom Hagen learn by trial and error to become the people fiction readers and moviegoers already know. A step back to see the future. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Based on an unpublished Mario Puzo screenplay, Falco’s solid Godfather prequel fills in the backstory of the iconic New York City Mafia family over a two-year period. In 1933, 17-year-old Sonny Corleone struggles to come to terms with the truth about how his father, Vito, makes a living. At first, the narrative dwells on the brutal thug Luca Brasi, at the expense of more interesting characters, such as the Corleones’ adopted son, Tom Hagen, who’ll grow up to be the family’s consigliere, and the hotheaded Sonny’s younger brother, Michael. Those who persevere will be rewarded with scenes of Machiavellian plotting by Vito, who fends off both Italian and Irish rivals. Falco (Saint John of the Five Boroughs) takes the story right up to Sonny’s wedding, and if he offers few new insights into characters’ motivations, Puzo fans will find this a refreshing change from, say, Mark Winegardner’s inferior sequels, The Godfather Returns and The Godfather’s Revenge. Agent: Neil Olson, Donadio & Olson. (May)
Booklist
"Channels the original so well that readers will be vividly reminded of Puzo's strengths...His moments of blam-blam-blam are ace. Best of all, he supplies a grand set-piece finale--a parade--that will have readers dreaming of just one more movie."
Crime Spree Magazine
"If you have any knowledge of The Godfather you will love this book. It's a perfect addition to the Corleone saga...When you see this book, buy it. It is written with love for the characters and respect for Puzo. It is also a story that won't quit and I couldn't stop reading. Falco brought me back to a world I love and did it perfectly. As far as I'm concerned this is THE BOOK to buy in 2012."
The Washington Post
"Falco has captured Puzo's rich prose style and eye for detail...a solid piece of work."
The Guardian (UK)
"Falco ably exploits the tension between civility and brutality. The result is good, messy fun."
New York Daily News
"Puzo-worthy."
BookReporter.com
"This early snapshot of the Corleone family is fascinating ...Ed Falco has done yeoman's work in The Family Corleone, meeting the American legend that is its subject matter head-on and creating a tale that demands to be read in one sitting. We already know how it turns out (at least most of it). But it's how Falco and Corleone get from beginning to end that makes this journey a riveting and twisting ride."
Kirkus Reviews
Don Corleone's family navigates opportunity and treachery as Prohibition comes to a close in New York. Playing around in the Godfather universe is a tightrope act. The original novel is a pulpy, popular synthesis of influences, while its film adaptation is a timeless classic. The video games are slushy Grand Theft Auto knock-offs, and Mark Winegardner's sequels are labyrinthine marathons with epic casts. This time, the franchise falls back on more workmanlike writer Falco (Saint John of the Five Boroughs, 2009, etc.), who reels the story back to its roots though moments resurrected from unproduced scripts by Mario Puzo. It's 1933, and the Don is at the height of his power. Peter Clemenza is Vito's capo and Genco Abbandando remains consigliere. Michael and Fredo squabble underfoot but it's Sonny's explosive temper that film fans will recognize. Meanwhile, dutiful college student Tom Hagen is having a harmless fling—that turns out to be not so harmless when psychotic Luca Brasi decides to kill Tom for messing with his broad. In other boroughs, Giuseppe Mariposa conspires with Emilio Barzini and Phillip Tattaglia in his slow tango with the Corleones, while a pair of Irish brothers adds a new element to this dangerous mix. What works well is Falco's depiction of Vito Corleone, which captures both the cool reserve of young Vito and the insight he demonstrates as Don. "To understand the truth of things," he cautions Sonny, "you have to judge both the man and the circumstances. You have to use both your brains and your heart. That's what it's like in a world where men lie as a matter of course—and there is no other kind of world, Santino, at least not here on earth." More obsessive fans also get a reveal about a member of the Don's family, as well as a juicy unveiling of Luca Brasi's back story pulled from The Godfather. A worthy addition to the lurid world of the Five Families, if not quite an offer you can't refuse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455521616
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 35,078
  • File size: 822 KB

Meet the Author

Ed Falco is the author of three novels, four story collections, and numerous plays, poems, essays, and critical reviews. Among his many awards and honors are an NEA fiction fellowship, and the Southern Review's Robert Penn Warren Prize. He is a professor of English at Virginia Tech, where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    "If you have any knowledge of The Godfather you will love t

    "If you have any knowledge of The Godfather you will love this book. It’s a perfect addition to the Corleone saga. For me the best part was the way it fills in the backstory that is only hinted at in the movies and original book. ... When you see this book, buy it. It is written with love for the characters and respect for Puzo. It is also a story that won’t quit and I couldn’t stop reading. Falco brought me back to a world I love and did it perfectly. As far as I’m concerned this is THE BOOK to buy in 2012."

    Jon Jordon in Crimespree Magazine

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Although Falco's writing is more Puzo-esque than Winegardner's r

    Although Falco's writing is more Puzo-esque than Winegardner's re-characterization of the original story, there seems little need to expand on an incredible classic like The Godfather. Mario Puzo carefully wove an eloquent tapestry of events and characters, that for the most part were portrayed in the trilogy of Godfather films. If any Godfather ardent fan, casual reader, or film watcher cannot link the storyline together without supplementary books by Falco or Winegardner, then they may be missing the point of Puzo's elaborately detailed outline. Some stories like The Godfather need to end with the reader's interpretation of finality. The third film in the trilogy answers questions never posed in the original book, although Anthony's legacy (Michael's son) was clearly defined as an opera singer with the position as head of the family bequeathed to Sonny's illegitimate son, Vincent. I found the subsequent books pale in comparison to the original on which they were based, and the most recent Falco version, less satisfying than I had anticipated. I love The Godfather as written by Mario Puzo. I only wish that he were still alive to continue writing his saga in his own style, his own voice. As other authors attempt to fill in gaps within the original book, they also seem to distort Puzo's original intent. Ultimately, the "sequels" seem more like supercilious bits of edited storyline of the original text rather than worthy additions to a great story that needs no further novelization.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading of the Coreleone family from the time the children were young. In the original Godfather I always wanted more of the Sonny character and this book brought that to me. I very much enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

    A Family Reunion

    I am only 50 pages into this book and I am very happy to be reading it. This book is spot-on as a prequel to The Godafather. So many characters are coming back to life with each page...you can picture them vividly only younger.

    Since its based on a screenplay that Mario Puzo had written, its no wonder the book seems to be a wonderful complement to the original. Not only does this book round out the original story (by filling in the pieces that the film The Godfather Part II did not), it also makes The Godfather's Return and Revenge seem even more awful because the writing in this book very Puzo.

    Awhile back, I wrote that I thought Mark Winegardner's books had their moments but after having started to read The Family Corleone...I see even moreso that Mark Winegardner was merely writing his books out of thin air as opposed to rounding out the original characters as older people. He simply didn't involve the original storylines enough and brought in way too many characters that I didn't care about. He basically left Puzo's style out of those books.

    Anyhow, it's good to have the Corleones back.

    Hopefully, there is one more book left that could possibly flesh out the end of the Corleones and fix the damage of not only Winegardner's books but The Godfather Part III as well.

    It would be great to see Michael's son grow up not only to take over the family busines but to be the last one in the family business. Whether he dies, goes to prison or becomes a rat wouldn't matter so long as the story finally had a good ending. They might even call the book: Centanni - 100 years of the Corleones.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2013

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    It is a worthy addition to the Godfather saga, but they could ha

    It is a worthy addition to the Godfather saga, but they could have left out the Lucca Brazzi storyline and just focused on Sonny. Sonny was always one of my favorite characters from the original story and it was fascinating to find out how he became involved in his father's business. The Lucca Brazzi story was boring and I just wanted to get through it to get to the development of Sonny's character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Posted below by accident before i was finished...

    ......to give the series story-line some continuity, but it makes his omissiin from Godfather Part I even more glaring. A figure that big would have been around during the whole Sollozo war. He needed to be intruduced as a much lower-level gangster in this book, to explain his non-involvement in Godfather I.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    nice revisit to family Corleone

    good book, brings back the Corleone's with a vengeance. Fills in the missing sagas

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

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    I have just started this novel on Nook and I am already fascinat

    I have just started this novel on Nook and I am already fascinated with the characters. Ed Falcon has a way of drawing the reader into the family and I can't wait to know them all more personally. I re-read "The Godfather " in preparation for this novel and so far I am not disappointed. Read this if you love "The Godfather"! It will be on your shelf when you a good character fix.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Worth every minute!

    I enjoyed this novel so much, I read it in one sitting. If you are a fan of the orignal by Puzo this will satisfy any "JONES" you may have for more.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    The Family Corleone is a triumph of epic proportions! This is th

    The Family Corleone is a triumph of epic proportions! This is the Godfather novel that we've been waiting for, capturing the raw emotions first tapped by Mario Puzo, and drawing even deeper from that well to take us inside the head, hearts and souls of Luca Brasi, Sonny Corleone, Clemenza, Tessio and others...while creating memorable, highly-believable characters. The reader gets to know "who" Vito Corleone really is and the depth of his love for his family; while cutting a menacing figure who is feared by his enemies. Bravo, Mr. Falco, for exceeding my expectations! Can a post-Michael Corleone family novel be in the not-too-distant future?

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  • Posted June 9, 2012

    A summer read

    Not bad for a book to read while on vacation. It's not a book that you can't put down, nor does it build to an exciting ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    A light read

    If you are a fan of the previous Godfather books, you will be greatly disappointed. Granted, the books takes place when the Corleone children are younger and in school, but there is very little to keep your interest compared to the previous books.

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

    If you are a fan of The Godfather, this is a must read.

    This gives the back story to how the Corleones got there, especially young Sonny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Very interesting, highly recommended

    I just finished "The Family Corleone" and was very satisfied with the read.

    I am very interested in the screen play the novel was based off of. From what I remember reading "The Godfather" 10+ years ago, most of the back story seems to be consistent.

    One thing I really liked, or better yet, one thing I hate about "Prequels", is they seem to tie up all loose ends in a single scene. "Revenge of the Sith" for example, lead you right into "A New Hope". "The Family Corleone" instead, actually has various layers and depth to the story, not just a flick of the switch leading you into "The Godfather". I hope that makes sense.

    Highly recommended for any Godfather fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    I don't think the author even read the original. He changed a c

    I don't think the author even read the original. He changed a couple of things mentioned in the original. You CAN'T change the story! For instance, Sonny witnessed his dad kill Fanucci. However, Mr Falco changed the victim to Tom Hagens drunk father?!!? Really?
    There are other issues as well, but this one really irks me. The Godfather is a classic, this book is not even close.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Could not put the book down. Stunning.

    Could not put the book down. Stunning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Garbage,,trash,horrible, waste of money and time

    Garbage,trash,horrible. Waste of money and time. Insulting to italians and irish.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 25, 2012

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