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The Sicilian (Mario Puzo's Mafia)

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Kisah kehidupan orang-orang Sisilia yang romantis, meski penuh darah, balas dendam, dan pengkhianatan.

Tahun 1950. Michael Corleone tiba di pengujung masa pengasingannya di Sisilia. Godfather memerintahkannya membawa serta seorang pelanggar hukum muda bernama Salvatore Guiliano kembali ke Amerika. Namun kehidupan Guiliano dihiasi jaring-jaring berdarah penuh kekejaman dan v
Paperback, 560 pages
Published 2004 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 1984)
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Shona Macdonald In terms of the give and take of the Mafia and the consistent flow of power and cunning, yes. But it's about as far from new York city as you could…moreIn terms of the give and take of the Mafia and the consistent flow of power and cunning, yes. But it's about as far from new York city as you could be. Can't recommend enough though. If history read like this I would be a professor.(less)
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Apr 25, 2012 Saravana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For someone who has just got into books and reading a book every ten days,it was too much to swallow.As I began to study the last hundred pages of the novel 'The Sicillian' by the famous Mario Puzo again ,at midnight,I knew I was falling into an ocean of unbelievable storytelling.Finishing the book at 2.00 a.m,i could not sleep for the next hour or so.Turi Guilliano, undoubtedly the greatest character that i have ever read about is just too unthinkable and great to forget with time.Puzo with his ...more
Hasham Rasool
There are lots of characters. I really like this book. It is very gripping to read. Alhamdulillah.
Zubin Naushad
May 23, 2010 Zubin Naushad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Siciian" is a far more better work of Mario Puzo than "The Godfather". This novel is about the hardships and the bravery of the real Sicilian outlaw-hero Salvatore Guiliano (the spelling is intentionally changed) and the cunning and betrayal that awaits him. This book is a beautiful portrayal of real life heroes, of friendship, how selfishness hinders love and how cunning has a foul play in hindering that love.

This book revolves around the outlaw Guiliano who has a price upon his head by th
Javed Hayat
Nov 28, 2011 Javed Hayat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While The Godfather Trilogy stands out as the greatest Movie ever made (in my humble opinion anyway, I must have watched it a dozen times or more, and would probably do so for the rest of my life), but as far as the books are concerned, The Siclian happens to be far superior to The Godfather.

And I just loved the ending, its probably one of the most heart breaking one you will ever come across, and sadly perfect in so many ways.

Its a must read.
Salman Mehedy Titas
Reading Mario Puzo is a new experience for me, and this is only my second to truly compare it against his own. Neither have I read enough stories in crime-genre to compare it against others of its kind. I hope whatever scant knowledge I have of literature will help me honestly judge the book.

To tell little of the story (if the book can be believed,) Salvatore "Turi" Guilliano was a Sicilian rebel who rose to prominence in the aftermath of the Second World War. His path to rebellion started when
Jan 19, 2012 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mario Puzo claims his fame and fortune with The Godfather. He exerts his mastery of writing and storytelling in The Sicilian.

This book offers nearly every addictive literary substance for which the reader's neuro-transmitters scream. Puzo offers action, suspense, national heritage, generational character, moral integrity, filial piety, brotherhood, loyalty, ethical conflict, the power of conviction, and so much more. Turi Giuliano represents the kind of archetypal hero for which every common cit
Vikalp Trivedi
'The Sicilian' is the sequel to the cult classic 'The Godfather' and chronicles the times of Michael Corleone's exile in Sicily . The novel is based on the real life exploits of Salvatore "Turi" Giuliano (spelling was intentionally changed in the novel ) .

The best things I found about this book is that the situations of transformation of "lad Turi" to "bandit Turi" are still relevant . There are numerous stories throughout our nation same as Turi's . The second best thing about the book is its
Salman Tariq
This book is better , but less famous than "The God Father"; because of less Americanized heroic suitableness .
A story with loosely connected plot to the preceded novel, in which treachery with in the treachery and fetal mistake of Micheal Corleone changes fate of Giuliano Turi, he died younger but lived longer than many old. The character portrayed reminds of che guevara, who met the same fate by CIA.

A must read, spell bounding , taste better with tea and winter .
Jevron McCrory
Nov 28, 2013 Jevron McCrory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this a few years ago and completely forgot to review it here.

It's a MASTERPIECE and definitely one of my favourite Puzo novels!

(I had no idea that it was based on fact until after I'd finished it and then I was even more fascinated!)

The bold and unique story (and indeed legacy) of Salvatore Giuliano, Sicily's most daring bandit, is a captivating read. Obviously, much of this must have been Puzo's invention but he does an incredible job of bringing this legend to literary life.

The story i
Jun 25, 2013 Ram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling, Idealistic and absolutely devastating! A chilling portrait of a young idealistic man, killed in the pursuit of his dreams by the very people he yearns to protect. Michael Corleone learns and grows into the murderous brotherhood of the Mafia and learns the merciless truth of his father's regime. A worthy followup to the legendary 'Godfather'
To my surprise I feel immense contempt for reading a supposedly praised book of Puzo because I actually find it extremely disappointing.

The book being nothing exceptional but a painfully exasperating story about the bold Italian Outlaws and the typical Sicilian Mafia/Mob, makes me insolently demean this story because the plot turned out to be almost a mash-up and rip-off of Puzo's other notable books.

Moreover, after reading the book, scorned I was as a blacksmith without his tools, I was numb to
This novel about the Mafia in Sicily is very informative. I have read several other books about the Mafia and how it operates, but this book illustrates this more clearly than of all of them.

Its main hero is the bandit Salvatore Giuliano, who is portrayed rather too sympathetically as a kind of Robin Hood character, robbing the rich to help the poor. Indeed, he is so successful that he treads on the toes of the Mafia dons, and threatens their livelihood. At first the leader of the Sicilian Mafia
The book was brilliant once I got over my initial disappointment. The book was slow paced in the beginning alright but that wasn’t the reason I was disappointed. You see, when I picked up the book I thought it was story on one my favorite ‘Godfather’ characters Michael Corleone with Salvatore Turi Giuliano playing a secondary character. But as it turns out the book is about Turi and Michael is hardly in it.

Once I got over this fact and made peace that it wasn’t a sequel to ‘Godfather’ (unlike t
Jul 31, 2016 Ram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The mafia in Sicilia.
A fiction novel that introduces the reader to various aspects of the Sicilian mafia, its ties with the government and the people who live on the fringes of the mafia. I enjoyed reading it, and learnt allot about the history of Sicily and the way this history molded the people of Sicily. Not your usual mafia book, as the main character of the book is an outlaw who rules a criminal empire but is not part of the mafia. Through the description of his life, the reader gets acqua
Aug 11, 2012 Giacomo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Sicilian is NOT, like some people think, a sequel to the Godfather. It does feature cameo appearances by Michael Corleone and Clemenza, but they are more to tie the story together than anything else. Personally, I found it distracting and unnecessary for them to have been in the book and I felt it would have been a far better book without them.

The unfortunate thing is that it detracted from the real story, and that is the tale of Salvatore Giuliano, the famous bandit of Sicily. (Btw, the ot
Kate Loveton
Had to force myself to finish this book. Wasn't what I expected. What I expected was a continuation of The Godfather story, but this book centered around a Sicilian bandit in the post WWII years in Sicily. Not very interesting to me.
Horace Derwent
May 25, 2016 Horace Derwent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
who wants my freedom? me! he who wants to deprive my freedom just takes my life first, but before that he shall kill me and my soul first!
Michael Vandevoorde
Wow. An ending I somehow didn't see coming
Asghar Abbas
Nov 27, 2015 Asghar Abbas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid tale about idle heroes. A realistic re-imagining of a tragic figure of a romantic past.
G Rush
Apr 23, 2017 G Rush rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it!

One of the best Godfather classics! Can't stop reading it once I get hooked on to it! True novel classic!
Jun 17, 2017 Hermien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Not my usual area of interest but well written. Mr Puzo definitely knows how things work in Sicily.
Helen Geng
Apr 08, 2017 Helen Geng marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sudipta Saha
Aug 15, 2013 Sudipta Saha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With a sublime and powerful storyline, Mario Puzo depicts the life of a Sicilian bandit who is forced to challenge the government and the Mafia alike and his subsequent rise to power. The plot revolves around the friendship between two best pals, the love that the Sicilians felt for their “champion”, the respect that this vigilante instilled in the reigning Don, the heartfelt trust that the outlaw had towards his parents and godfather and the ultimate betrayal that threatened the empire that he ...more
David Cain
Dec 02, 2010 David Cain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This work is peripherally related to the characters and events of The Godfather, Puzo's best-known work. Michael Corleone, Vito Corleone, and Peter Clemenza all play minor (or very minor) roles in the story. The heart of the novel is a fictionalized re-telling of the life of Salvatore Giuliano, a Sicilian bandit and separatist who was active in the late 1940s (the spelling of whose name Puzo has changed to Guiliano in the book). I had not previously heard of this historical figure, but it seems ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sicilian is a quick, easy read but entirely worthwhile. I feel as though Puzo wrote a modern day legend in response and homage to stories (as referenced in the text) such as The Song of Roland. Puzo conveys a rich sense of history and it gives the characters a touch of the mythical without becoming laughable by realist sensibilities.

The back cover dubs the main character, Guiliano, as a “modern-day Robin Hood” and I wonder why stories with heroes devoted to redistributing wealth and releasin
Avto Sofromadze
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 ...more
Alexey Shpakov
Jan 22, 2015 Alexey Shpakov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
I decided to read the book right after having read "The Godfather" by Puzo, so the expectation were set really high. I could not say all of them have been met, still it's nice and enthralling reading.
The novel is loosely tied with "The Godfather" and portrays war-time Sicily ruled by mafia rather then by government.
It describes adventures of a local outlaw Salvatore Guiliano. He's become an outlaw by accident and declared war both on mafia and government.
The narrative is filled with treacheries
Apr 18, 2014 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one thing; Amazing. Puzo manages to create characters so intensely relatable, colorful and makes you fall in love with their thoughts and ideals. You can excuse their twisted logic and forgive any deed they are responsible for because you simply feel what they feel. Puzo makes you feel what they feel. The manner in which he gives his own romanticized spin on such a historical event is incredible, aware as you may be of Sicilian history this perspective will not spare you of the surp ...more
Pramod Nair
Jan 28, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, thriller, crime
'The Sicilian' was the book that introduced me to the writings of Mario Puzo and it is an absolute page-turner. Puzo narrates a stunning tale of adventure, treachery, bloodshed, love and justice set in a post-war Sicilian landscape with so much flair and mastery over storytelling.

The book tells the story of a young Sicilian outlaw-hero named Salvatore Guiliano - who is a Robin Hood like figure who climbs to the top of Sicilian criminal hierarchy - and loosely intertwines his tale based on some
Jul 07, 2012 Abhilasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Die All Who Betray Giuliano...
My review for the Sicilian :

Its one of the best novels i have read. The lifestyle of Sicily is depicted perfectly. Just what you expect from Mario Puzo...
Great read if you love the mafias.
The tactics, loyalty, betrayal and the true face of politics in that land is just too realistic.
Further the most important thing is the lesson that the Godfather (aka Vito Corleone) teaches Michael.
Its the novel that keeps you on nerves.
The importance of ones family, the love
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Puzo was born in a poor family of Neapolitan immigrants living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York. Many of his books draw heavily on this heritage. After graduating from the City College of New York, he joined the United States Army Air Forces in World War II. Due to his poor eyesight, the military did not let him undertake combat duties but made him a public relations officer statione ...more
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