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The Fortunate Pilgrim by Mario Puzo

The Fortunate Pilgrim (original 1965; edition 2004)

by Mario Puzo

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Title:The Fortunate Pilgrim
Authors:Mario Puzo
Info:Ballantine Books (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Multicultural Text Set, 5th-6th Grade Readers, Multicultural Books, Historical Fiction, Chapter Books

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The Fortunate Pilgrim by Mario Puzo (1965)



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"The Fortunate Pilgrim" is one of the most interesting novels I had the pleasure of reading. Mario Puzo did an excellent job of incorporating language and imagery into the novel in a manner that allows the reader to not only visualize the characters, but relate to them as well. Lucia Santa's family is a nontraditional family, one where its members choose and follow their own paths. One of her sons chooses to join the Mafia, and another one breaks an important Italian social code and marries a Jewish woman. Lucia Santa is relatable because of the fact that she simply wants to live the American Dream in spite of all of her life's difficulties. The book also pushes readers to think about their own background, and what they are willing to do and sacrifice to reach the American Dream. ( )
  j-plant | Nov 27, 2012 |
Story of Italian immigrant family in NYC. ( )
  ZachMontana | Aug 20, 2012 |
of course it's good, it's mario puzo... i now own all his books, yehaw! so for history's sake, this is the first book that he wrote. he said that he stuck to real and you can feel this in the book. it's not like a typical mafia book. it is about a family in ny and their lives. one of the sons is in the mob but that's pretty much all you know except for one instance with same guy. it is very well written and you know the family by the time you are done. you also can see them as you read, very clearly. ( )
  krushkelsey | Aug 19, 2012 |
Amazing Story!

I suppose like a lot of other people I started reading Mario Puzo book the Godfather and just loved the story. I wasn't happy with "The Silician", but I was surprised by this book: "The Fortunate Pilgrim". For a brief summary, this is the story of Lucia Santa an immigrant from Italy living in New York City during the 1930's. Lucia has six children and a bad marriage. Mario Puzo descriptions of the section known as Hells Kitchen are amazing and his detail of the city and hardships that Lucia must endure is awesome. Overall, this book turned out to be one of my favorite Mario Puzo novels and I would highly recommend it. ( )
  NancyChase | Feb 9, 2011 |
A Realistic touching family drama.

I loved The Godfather and this book is a favorite as well. This is a story of an Italian family living in poverty and how they struggled through. It's not just about family members prevailing through tragedy, but it's also each member finding a role in life. It's an inspiring tale of a family in the Depression era and of family stife and love, sacrifice and pain. Looking at the family's struggle from today's wealth it is hard to comprehend a family never knowing when their next meal is going to come from. However, Mario Puzo's superb writing style makes you feel for this family almost as if you are there with them. Highly recommend. ( )
  SharonSommers | Dec 21, 2010 |
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efore The Godfather and The Last Don, there was Puzo's classic story about the loves, crimes and struggles confronted by one family of New York City immigrants living in Hell's Kitchen. Fresh from the farms in Italy, Lucia Santa struggles to hold her family together in a strange land. At turns poignant, comic and violent, and with a new preface by the author, The Fortunate Pilgrim is Italian-American fiction at its very best.

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Lucia Santa has traveled three thousand miles of dark ocean, from the mountain farms of Italy to the streets of New York, hoping for a better life. Instead, she finds herself in Hell's Kitchen, in a bad marriage, raising six children on her own. As Lucia struggles to hold her family together, her daughter confronts the adult world of work and romance while her eldest son is drawn into the mafia. Meanwhile, her youngest son aspires to American pursuits she cannot understand.… (more)

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