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The Sicilian (Mario Puzo's Mafia)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  11,740 ratings  ·  364 reviews
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 Micha
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published December 28th 1984 by Linden Press/Simon & Schuster (first published 1984)
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Charles Qi This is the second book of Mario Puzo's godfather trilogy with some references to the first. Though those references are few, they are critical to…moreThis is the second book of Mario Puzo's godfather trilogy with some references to the first. Though those references are few, they are critical to understanding why Machael Corleone is here in Sicily, what kind of business his father is doing in America and what brings about the telling of this story. Read both of them and have fun!(less)
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Zubin Naushad
"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
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
Javed Hayat
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
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
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
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'

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
Jevron McCrory
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
Alexey Shpakov
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
Hasham Rasool
There are lots of characters. I really like this book. it is very gripping read.
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
Sudipto Saha
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
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
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
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 responsable 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
'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
John Aubrey
Actually I got caught up in the love story between 1950 bandit/hero Guiliano (based on real life freedom fighter Salvatore Guiliano) and his mistress. I wanted that part of the book fleshed out more as it gave a good counterbalance to the love/envy shown Guiliano by his cousin Gaspare.

But we can't get everything we want, and Puzo does provide a fast paced political intrigue involving the Mafia and the Sicilian government. The inclusion of Michael Corleone from Puzo's Godfather novel gives The S
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
Katherine Co
4.5 stars. An almost perfect novel for me. Why just 4.5? Well, i hate to spoil you so you got to read the book yourself.

The book mentioned my most fave character of all time, Michael Corleone, which made me start to flip the first page. But the story wasn't about him. It wasn't even related to The Godfather novel itself although the Corleone family and Peter Clemenza (who were characters from The Godfather) were mentioned several times. It's about Turi Guiliano who wants to help the poor civili
Chris Ceballos
This is my favorite book of all time. I was definitely a Puzo fan after the classic Godfather but after reading The Sicilian I knew for a fact that Mario Puzo was my favorite author. The details in the story were easy to picture as you read and the suspense he builds with every chapter keeps you from putting the book down. I've read the book a few times already and I'm still surprised at how exciting it still is to me. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great read
Hussam Ali
While everybody seems to think of "The Sicilian" as a 5 stars title, I beg to differ. The book isn't bad in any way, however it doesn't live up to the legacy of "The Godfather". Despite the opening scene featuring Michael Corleone on it, the book had little or anything to do with the The Godfather for that matter.
The story of a Sicilian Robin Hood like hero, who took from the rich and privileged to provide for the poor peasants. Which in turn made him clash with the Mafia (fiends of the friends)
In this book, the Sicilian is working on a farm and basically he just ends up having sex with his busty neighbor a few times. Don Corleone comes to Sicily and drinks wine in a carafe with a lemon in it. Probably has sex that night too.
Then the police came and there was a man working in an olive garden for a priest. Something else happened, it was a great book I reccomend to anyone who is a fan of Goodfellas books or Mario and Luigi in general.
Camille Mccarthy
Definitely not as good as "the Godfather." One thing that annoyed me in particular was that he seemed to recycle some scenes, for instance the marriage to Justina was way too similar to Michael Corleone's marriage to Apollonia in "the Godfather." I also found this book romanticized the violence of Sicilian society to a distasteful level. Also, one thing which was good about "the Godfather" was that the point of view changed at different points in the story so you saw different people whose live ...more
Mansimar Singh
One of the most underrated books by Mario Puzo. It took me 10 days to read it, but it has left a mark on me which is not going to washed off very soon.

Mario Puzo takes outlawed characters, viewed by people as dangerous, brutal and selfish but fills them with the totally opposite traits - that of benevolence, love and kindness. Salvatore "Turi" Guiliano, who becomes a bandit due to sheer hatred for those who oppress the weak, leaves the readers filled with love for him. The end was shocking, full
This book is the first thing that made me imagine how painful a bullet could be, story is great but I was disappointed to know that it was based on true events, that destroyed the creative gift of Mario Puzo I thought he had, and hence this one is a true then why wouldn't be the godfather!
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I enjoyed the book, it flows well as all of Puzo's books do and keeps the reader guessing (mainly why someone would want to go to Sicily, where everybody carries a gun and can kill you for looking at their daughters (whom are Sopia Loren breasted at age 16 with erotic lips and silk skin) or because you've insulted them in some way that you have no idea). Giving three stars from three and a half as I find characters one dimensionally exaggerated, but love the pace.
Is Mario Puzo gay? Not that the
Elda Mengisto
"Standing on the top of this Monte d'Ora watching the sun come radiantly alive, Turi Guiliano was filled with youthful glee that he had escaped his enemies. He would never obey another human being again. He would choose who should live and who should die, and there was no doubt in his mind that all he would do would be for the glory and freedom of Sicily, for good and not for evil. That he would only strike for the cause of justice, to help the poor. that he would win every battle, that he would ...more
I really had a hard time reading/finishing this book.
it's a blooooodyyy book.

it's about power, loyalty, friendship, money, corruption, love, honesty, lies, manipulation, betrayal.
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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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