The Family

The Family

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The Family by Mario Puzo, Carol Gino, Carol Gino

From the author of The Godfather -- a landmark publishing event -- the epic story of Italy's first great crime family!

What is a family? Mario Puzo first answered that question, unforgettably, with the creation of the Corleones, who forever redefined the concept of blood loyalty. Thirty years later, Puzo enriches us all with this ultimate statement on the subject in a masterpiece that crowns his remarkable career: the story of the greatest power family in Italian history -- the Borgias.

In The Family, this singular novelist transports his readers back to fifteenth-century Rome and reveals to us the extravagance and intrigue of the Vatican as surely as he once revealed the secrets of the Mafia. At the story's center is Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, a man whose lustful appetites for power, luxury, and women were matched only by his consuming love of family. Surrounding him are his extraordinary children -- among them the beautiful, strong-willed Lucrezia and the passionate warrior Cesare, Machiavelli's friend and inspiration. Their dramatic stories constitute a symphony of human emotion and behavior, from pride to romance to jealousy to betrayal and murderous rage. And their time, place, and characters are recaptured in all their earthy grandeur, in an epic both timeless and wholly contemporary.

A labor of love more than a decade in the making, The Family marks the final triumph of one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

About the Author
Mario Puzo (1920-1999) was the author of the international bestseller The Godfather and cowrote the screenplays for the landmark trio of films based on the book. Puzo's other books include The Last Don and Omerta, also New York Times bestsellers. His companion, novelist Carol Gino, is the bestselling author of The Nurse's Story, Rusty's Story, and Then an Angel Came.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060394455
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/02/2001
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

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 was preceded by two critically acclaimed novels, The Dark Arena and The Fortunate Pilgrim. In 1978, he published Fools Die, followed by The Sicilian, The Fourth K, and the second installment in his Mafia trilogy, The Last Don. Mario Puzo also wrote many screenplays, including those for Earthquake, Superman, and all three Godfather movies, for which he received two Academy Awards. He died in July 1999 at his home on Long Island, New York, at the age of seventy-eight, just after completing the manuscript of his novel, Omerta.

Date of Birth:

October 15, 1920

Date of Death:

July 2, 1999

Place of Birth:

New York City

Place of Death:

Bay Shore, Long Island

Education:

Attended New York City's New School for Social Research and Columbia University

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miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, thrilling story which captivates from the very beginning right thru to the end - and especially fascinating when read while viewing the Showtime series "The Borgias." All the characters come to life and the story flows smoothly. A great reading pleasure that makes me want to find more books about Renaissance Italy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall I enjoyed the book although there were many slow spots loaded with proper names of characters that were never developed that after a while I just skimmed because they didnt add to the story. However, the lives of the main characters were very interesting. It was even more fasinating when you find out its based on true events and historical figures. The book has elements of the Star Wars saga, mixed with the Godfather, see if you can point them out as you read. Warning very uncomfortable incest subplot that may give you the chills. Also if you are a devote Catholic, this book does not represent the office of the Pope in a favorable light.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Borgia and Corleon. Same people 500 year apart.
Browning-Babe More than 1 year ago
Excellent reading, Mr. Puzo does not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i like how mario puzo captured the corruption of the vatican. hard to get past the incest though....
sunnhauntr More than 1 year ago
The sad truth is that this book is more biographical than fiction. The Borgia family, though corrupt, still has the power to mesmerize the ages and lure us into their wicked tale, and Puzo masterfully travels us back in time to the Renaissance age in which they lived. I thoroughly enjoyed his version of events.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, The Family was such a thoroughly entertaining novel. When I first looked at the cover page I thought this book was going to be so boring. However, the first chapter alone sparked my interest. The story began with Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia and the papal elections. Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia became the new Pope Alexander. Throughout the book there were times where incest between his children Cesare and Lucrezia occurred. This began to eliminate rivals and leading his children to marry into alliances with the children of the noble families of France and Spain. Cesare wanted to be a soldier, and Lucrezia was more on the loving side with other dukes. Their differences stirred up conflict between the two siblings created chaos between their love lives. Also the history of the Renaissance is very much explained throughout the book. Mario Puzo does an excellent job teaching Renaissance Italy in an entertaining and interesting way. If you want to learn about Renaissance Italy and be entertain at the same time, I advise you to read The Family by Mario Puzo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
And I thought the Godfather was written brilliantly. The Family is an amazing book. It completely pulls you in from the first chapter and intrigues you to the point where you can't put the book down at all. Mario's imagination is one of a kind. I only wish there were more of his books to dive into. Mario is missed !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its one of the best books I have ever read. Mario Puzo gave his all on the last book he ever wrote and I was mexmerized by the second chapter. The story of The borgia family has been told many times, but I think Mario puzo told it the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of those you read in one go, one day, hardly able to put it down. I just loved the way it goes through almost 3 years of history in merely 300 pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This intelligently written story is thick with surprises and twists of all sorts. I found myself having a hard time reading for only an hour or two. I was lost in the world of the Borgias. This is definitely one of Mr. Puzo's best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Puzo's novels in the past were ones that I coul'dnt put down. The family is such a snoozer, it had me falling asleep before the end of the first chapter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
loved the story, got lost in their world. A wonderfully visual look into the history of the Borgia family and early Italy. When completd, was saddened as I wanted more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Family transports the reader to the 15th Century when intrigue, sin, and the interplay between religion and politics were rampant. The authors ingeniously use the tone of language of the times in this well-constructed and well-developed historical novel. It is not for those readers who expect a 20th-Century Mafia-type book as in Puzo's previous styles. It is, however, for people who want to have an entertaining and better understanding of the infamous Borgia family, its connection with the Florentine strategist Macchiavelli, and how the Catholic Church developed during the Italian Renaissance. Very appealing and extremely well written with details of the religious extremism of the 15th Century that could easily be applied to certain religious groups today. Well worth the read and one of the best novels I have read in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A sort of way to put historical facts into a non-history book. I enjoyed reading it because I could gain much knowledge on one of the first great families of crime. The book revolves around Alexander VI and his children. Very factual, though: no in-depth analysis. I was also disapointed to see they did not mention certain interesting characters who surrounded the real borgias's existence. Still, I recommend the book. Good ending.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A fine culmination in an extraordinary career. Better this was his swan song than Omerta.
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If you are unfamiliar with the late Mr. Puzo's past works & cannot immediately point out every historical inaccuracy, then this is an enjoyable light read. Being not of that category, I had to keep reminding myself to cease with the incessant critiquing. Once I reconciled the writing style and forgave the blatant inaccuracies to suit plot suspense, it was a decent book & found myself giving Gino a few kudos for keeping Mr. Puzo's spirit within the pages.
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