The Godfather

The Godfather

by Mario Puzo
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The Godfather by Mario Puzo

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451167712
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1983
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 300,976
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

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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The Godfather (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 328 reviews.
theReaderAA More than 1 year ago
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.
SSommers More than 1 year ago
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.
Tatian_O More than 1 year ago
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
TheButler More than 1 year ago
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.
Marginia Orantes More than 1 year ago
you cannot go wrong in buying this book!! its absolutely great!
easymonkey More than 1 year ago
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.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!
RushMaster More than 1 year ago
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.
shmy More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probablly one of the best books ive ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
76commish More than 1 year ago
Best Mob book ever. I never get tired of reading the "Godfather" of all Mafia books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it al, even though this is not something Im very interested in.. 4/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and if you enjoyed this then I highly recommend the book Gangster
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know people always say "The book was better" but that is more the case with this. While the movie is deserving of all the praise that it has recieved, the book has so many more necessary details that bring this family to life. One word to describe this novel, Greatness!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the movie, you can never tire of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im apart of the italian mafia my name is franco dimarrio
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having watch the movies allows the reader to put a face to the people in the book. Also the books goes in depth regarding all the people no matter how small a role they had in the picture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hehe. Find new codes. I finished my list of Japanese/Chinese characters, but I still have tons more symbols that i kniw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book so many times the pages began to wear out,it never gets old,an american classic and an absolute must-read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books of all time. It is my favorite movie so I decided to read the book. It is a wonderfully written book that is exciting from the start. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read