The Sicilian

The Sicilian

by Mario Puzo
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The Sicilian by Mario Puzo

After Mario Puzo wrote his internationally acclaimed The Godfather, he has often been imitated but never equaled. Puzo's classic novel, The Sicilian, stands as a cornerstone of his work—a lushly romantic, unforgettable tale of bloodshed, justice, and treachery. . . .

The year is 1950. Michael Corleone is nearing the end of his exile in Sicily. The Godfather has commanded Michael to bring a young Sicilian bandit named Salvatore Guiliano back with him to America. But Guiliano is a man entwined in a bloody web of violence and vendettas. In Sicily, Guiliano is a modern day Robin Hood who has defied corruption—and defied the Cosa Nostra. Now, in the land of mist-shrouded mountains and ancient ruins, Michael Corleone's fate is entwined with the dangerous legend of Salvatore Guiliano: warrior, lover, and the ultimate Siciliano.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345441706
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 103,032
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.08(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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Sicilian 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a great fan of all three Godfathers, and Mario Puzo's works. This novel, The Sicilian I believe matches the plot line of any of the Godfathers, if it does not exceed those plot lines. Written very craftily, and keeps a story line that keeps you reading with several different twists. He also uses a great deal of imagery in this novel, which he does a very good job at. Thank You, Mario Puzo for creating such a masterpiece...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The in between story of Michael Corleone's exile in Sicily before the 1st and 2nd Godfathers. In this novel, Michael must bring back a famous freedom fighter or 'bandit' to America for his father. It is not that easy however. The freedom fighter Salvatore Guiliano is trapped in bloody fued to settle his vendettas with the mafia and the carabinieri (Italian National Police), and Michael Corleone is caught between it. This book I found was eventful and kept my attention till the very end. Puzo is brilliant in this novel, his characters seem so real and ruthless. I would recommend this book to anyone who is into the organized crime stories as well as stories of omerta. Or to any Sicilian who just wants to learn a little more about their culture. This book is drowned in Sicilian culture ins and outs. This book was excellent, and Puzo never seizes to amaze.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I honestly enjoyed this book more than any other Puzo mafia book (and I've read them all). Something about the Sicilian setting and Puzo's storytelling made me visualize the setting and the characters more vividly than most other books. It also sets itself apart in that Puzo takes Michael Corleone back to Sicily to the roots of the mafioso, which I don't think many books in this genre do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You get caught up in the story and you just can't put it down. Awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great book, great story and excellent way to tell it (specially when Puzo describes Sicia and how Giuliano came into a legend). However, this book doesn't show the 'good' part of the mafia, like the Godfather did (in any way), unlike Puzo shows us the dark side of the mafia: intrigue, treasons, false loyalties, and a new way to view the political handling (very clear at the Godfather). The end is so impressive!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It was exciting, captivating, and had many interesting twists and turns. The character of Turi Guiliano completely captured my heart. Mario Puzo's talent for making charcters come alive is evident in this book as is his great gift of storytelling. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another great book that I could not put down. In fact I think it coukld be a sequel to the Godfather. Anorther winner from Mario Puzo. I loved Omerta and this one was as good. Puzo was a great writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is inferior to Godfather but still splendidly told. More magnificent melodrama from master Mario.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was a good book  
DallasKat More than 1 year ago
This book pulls you in with the first chapter with a thirst to know more about its main character Turi Guliano. If you make it through the first chapter (which you will), you will find yourself with this book in your hand with every free moment you have. The Godfather was an amazing book & The Sicilian is not far behind. So crack open a cold one or pour a glass of wine & enter the town of Montelpre. Great read!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sicilian by Mario Puzo is a truly epic book that the fans of Puzo¿s The Godfather should read. It takes place within the story of The Godfather when Michael Corleone is in exile in Sicily after the murder of police Captain McCluskey and Vigil Sollozzo a Mafia thug. After two years of being in Sicily and away from his family and loved ones Michael is ready to return. His father, Don Vito Corleone, has one last request for his son before returning and that is to bring with him to America a Sicilian bandit known as Salvatore ¿Turi¿ Guiliano. Without a reason as to why he is performing this favor Michael begins his search for Turi Guiliano in Sicily. The entire novel is divided into `books¿, which switch between Michael¿s pursuit of Turi and Turi¿s story. Although, Michael¿s search for Turi is the basis of the book it is not the dominating storyline. The `meat¿ of the book is Turi¿s story and his rise and fall as the ¿Sicilian Robin Hood¿. Turi belongs to a poor farming family that lives under the rule of post-Mussolini Italian National Police or carrabineri. The carribineri terrorize townspeople and work for big Mafia Dons. Turi decides to rise up against the tyrannical forces of the Mafia and the carribineri and begin his own gang that robs from the rich to give to the poor. Turi is hailed as a saint by the townspeople and he is loved by all. Turi¿s story takes place over a period of 7 years while Michael¿s takes place over a matter of days. The Sicilian is a novel that grabs your attention from the start and gets you involved in all of the numerous characters¿ lives. Mario Puzo uses the same formula for this novel as he did for The Godfather but he also incorporates new elements that work for this. I was impressed and left in awe by the end of the book. It is a fun ride that leaves you begging for more while at the same time satisfying your taste for a wonderful crime novel. I recommend this to fans of both The Godfather and action novels. The Sicilian proves that Mario Puzo is one of the greatest storytellers of our time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you'll find yorself breathing the hot air of sicili,the sirocco will hit you every page you turn over,thrilling piece of art.if you liked the goodfather,please treat yourself and get this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will alway's be a fan of Mario Puzo's work. This book is a must read. I put this one next too THE GODFATHER as his finest work. Also a very surprising ending.
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