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The Godfather by Mario Puzo
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The Godfather (1969)

by Mario Puzo

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Series: The Godfather (1)

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    The Sicilian by Mario Puzo (longway)
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    Gem of the prairie : an informal history of the Chicago underworld by Herbert Asbury (ashleylauren)
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    Leopard in the Sun by Laura Restrepo (joririchardson)
    joririchardson: Colombian literature that could be described as "The Godfather" re-written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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    Stiletto by Harold Robbins (ashleylauren)
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    The Pack by C. W. Schultz (GeekyRandy)
    GeekyRandy: No real relevance. Both are about gangsters and comes from a neutral POV. "The Pack" is also obviously influenced by "The Godfather". I love both books, perhaps you will too.
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It's a good thing that I read the book first and then watched the movie. The movie is legendary no doubt, but the book is even better. One of the few books which can give you real goose-bumps. Power, struggle betrayal. Through this book, Puzo created such a strong presence of Don Corleone and make him a legend. A magnum opus indeed. Perhaps one day I could write like he did. ( )
  Varun.Sayal | Nov 14, 2018 |
I really enjoyed this more than I thought I would. The writing style is surprisingly clean and the plotting is great. ( )
  Darragh4444 | Oct 22, 2018 |
I just saw the film for the 929th time--and on a big screen--and wanted to see how Coppola and Puzo adapted the novel. As far as novels go, it's fine--but it's not the film. I can't put my finger on why the book seems so leaden and plodding when the three hours of the film seem to go by in minutes. And it's not like there are any major (or even minor) changes. Lines from the novel make their way into the film and the novel moves scene to scene just like the film. I bailed after the meeting of the Five Families. Credit to Coppola and Puzo for having the imagination and the vision, but this wasn't an enjoyable read, even as a research project. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
So. Good.

Whether you want to approach this piece with a critical eye or as a "fun" beach read, it's worth it, even if it sparks some debate and maybe a little bit of animosity (which I see from these comments about the treatment of women). Still worth it for the sake of experiencing a story from the eyes of another, for dipping your toes in the said "pool" that is not-quite-but-almost-classic literature.

So firstly, this book left me with that feeling of, "What now?" You know what I'm talking about. That feeling where even brand new books arriving in the mail don't quite make you as excited as they used to because their content is not comprised of the craziness that is the Cosa Nostra. True story.

Also. Upon staying up much too late into the wee hours to simply finish this book (and I'm sure you also know what that's like), my feelings ultimately boiled down to one desire and that being "I want more Puzo."

So maybe I looked up all the books he's ever written and threw them on my to-read list afterwards. What of it? Few things in life beat a really good organized crime novel and one which leaves you actually almost wishing to be a part of a big Sicilian mafia family (though, only as a bystander, of course, because we wouldn't want to endorse a life of racketeering or any other such nonsense ...). ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Aug 1, 2018 |
Para mim "O Padrinho" vai ficar para sempre associado à praia, estendida ao sol, tentando acabar as últimas páginas do livro mas lamentando terminá-lo.
Mário Puzo é um escritor excepcional. Esperava uma escrita crua como a de outros escritores que li dentro do mesmo género e fui surpreendida por uma prosa que nos envolve e aconchega. São setecentas e quatro páginas de puro prazer e entretenimento. Todos nós temos uma noção do que é a Máfia italiana mas só quando se lê este livro é que compreendemos a sua verdadeira essência. Como é formada essa teia de influências e favores, por que valores se regem estes homens, que têm uma cultura tão enraizada que nem um novo país com leis diferentes consegue mudar. Submundo, rede de tráfego de influências, luvas, tudo é aqui explicado através das palavras e acções destes senhores. As suas vidas são algo de assombroso: vivem com a morte e a violência diariamente. Afinal, isso é algo que faz parte do negócio. E só ao ler o livro é que percebi (vi os filmes primeiro) o quanto eles acreditam que o que fazem é bom e correcto. Os seus valores morais, intrinsecamente ligados à religião, são o que lhes dão a justificação para fazerem o que fazem. E são de tal forma convincentes que dava por mim a concordar com eles, a torcer por estes "heróis" que nada mais fazem do que proteger os mais desfavorecidos.
Vito Corleone é inegualável. A primeira vez que vi o filme foquei-me mais na transformação de Michael mas depois de ler o livro fiquei rendida à história de este homem que chegara aos EUA ainda menino, sozinho e sem nada e que tudo conseguiu por ter uma mente arguta e um bom par de "cojones".
Na eterna discussão sobre o que é melhor (livro ou filme) eu vacilo neste caso específico. Como não querer ver o Marlon Brandon como Vito Corleone? Como não ver o Al Pacino transformar o vacilante Michael Corleone no poderoso sucessor do seu pai? A minha conclusão é que ambas as obras complementam-se e ajudam à compreensão da complexidade deste enredo que forma "O Padrinho". ( )
  Telma_tx | Jul 30, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Puzo, Marioprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bart, PeterAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bennett, HarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fujita, S. NeilCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thompson, Robert J.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wijk, Johan vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Behind every great fortune there is a crime. - Balzac
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For Anthony Cleri
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Amerigo Bonasera sat in New York Criminal Court No. 3 and waited for justice; vengeance on the men who had so cruelly hurt his daughter, who had tried to dishonor her.
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The story of Don Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia family, inspired some of the most successful movies ever. It is in Mario Puzo's The Godfather that Corleone first appears. As Corleone's desperate struggle to control the Mafia underworld unfolds, so does the story of his family. The novel is full of exquisitely detailed characters who, despite leading unconventional lifestyles within a notorious crime family, experience the triumphs and failures of the human condition. Filled with the requisite valor, love, and rancor of a great epic, The Godfather is the definitive gangster novel.

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A searing novel of the Mafia underworld, The godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and the powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor that was passed on from father to son. With its themes of the seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and family allegiance, it resonated with millions of readers across the world-and became the definitive novel of the virile, violent subculture that remains steeped in intrigue, in controversy, and in our collective consciousness.… (more)

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