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Mario Puzo
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The Godfather (Mario Puzo's Mafia)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  164,418 ratings  ·  3,539 reviews
Corleonen mafi aperheen vaiheista kertova menestysromaani on nähty myös kirjailijan ja ohjaaja Francis Ford Coppolan käsikirjoittamana kolmen Oscarin elokuvana.
Published (first published January 1st 1969)
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Manny
"Come in."

"Ah, Don Corleone, I'm sorry to trouble you -"

"Sit down."

"Thank you, Don Corleone -"

"Where is your mother from?"

"I'm sorry?"

"Your mother, she is from Italia. Which town?"

The rest of this review is in my book What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations

Kerstin
I'm one of the people who watched the whole movie trilogy and then after that found out that The Godfather
exists as a novel. Naturally, I had to purchase it.
It is a matter of taste, I suppose, but next to the movies - so elegant and grandiose - it feels a bit like reading pulp fiction. Maybe it's that the book is lacking the presence of charismatic Hollywood giants Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, whose legendary performances rival those of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind. It's h...more
Israel
The epic masterpiece of mafia fiction. Puzo is good and entertaining elsewhere, here is great and masterful. It is to mobster books what Godfather parts 1 & 2 are to mobster movies...a standard that can never be equalled. What really intrigues me about Puzo's presentation of the Corleone family, and something that does not translate as explicitly to the screen, is the incredible sense of moral and religious conviction that what they do is right and good. At times I found myself believing tha...more
Roxanne
I absolutely loved this book! This book started my long running obsession with Mafia.

The Godfather is one of the best pieces of literature ever written. Mario Puzo paints this elaborate picture of the Sicilian mafia through the eyes of Michael Corleone, a returning Marine Corps hero who at first wants nothing to do with the elaborate crime family that his father has built.

Don Vito Corleone, an Italian immigrant who goes from poverty in Little Italy to create one of the Five Families of New York...more
Kaion
Indeed, dear reader, I did not hate The Godfather. I h-aa-ted it.

How much did I hate it? Well I could start with a long dissemination of Mario Puzo's simplistic and repetitive prose. Puzo seems to think the reader needs a reminder of plot points that occured ten pages ago, and that unnecessarily drawing out an obvious reveal by splitting it up into three points of view counts as suspense.

Or I could give you a thorough cataloguing of how very poser-y The Godfather, with its bombastic ideas of mas...more
Lou
A good read that demands re-read has been long time ago for now..
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Jr Bacdayan
"..for Justice, we must go to Don Corleone."

In a world where laws are broken, where the government is only a puppet, where murder is routine and safety a rare thing, Don Corleone holds all the strings. He is the avenging angel, the thief in the night, the protector of the poor, the warrior of the wops, the ultimate puppeteer. He is the loving father, the faithful husband. He is the Godfather.

Don Vito, Sonny, Fredo, Michael, Tom, Clemenza, Tessio, Luca Brasi, the entire family, they're like the...more
Numey {Azra, creator of Azura}
Apr 28, 2013 Numey {Azra, creator of Azura} rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one actually :/:
Recommended to Numey {Azra, creator of Azura} by: Priya's Mom
The Godfather by Mario Puzo...

Gimme one reason why there was NO CAT IN THE BOOK???
But they added one in the movie, huh.

So, the Godfather is this guy:

Most loved him, I didn't so I'm not going to talk about him. But his ideals are kinda cool.
“Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family."
“Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold.”
“A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.”
"Every...more
Madeline
New Brilliant Future Career Idea: mafia wife.

Think about it - all you have to do is cook, have some babies, and go to Mass once a day. Sure, I might have a hard time learning to never ask questions about anything, but I could always get a hobby to occupy my time with. At the very least, being a mafia wife would give me tons of free time to finish The List.

It's win-win, really.
Adam
It is a sin to watch the movie before reading this book! Well written and full of power, lust, and violence! Also implicates very strong family ties! My kind of fiction!

Some favorite quotes from this book...

"Why did you go to the police? Why didn't you come to me first?

"I understand. You found paradise in America. You had a good trade, made a good living, the police protected you and there were courts of law and you didn't need a friend like me. But, now you come to me and you say "Don Corleon...more
Andrew
I read this book when I was a sophmore in high school. At that time, it would take me months to read a book this large, unless for some assignment. I think I finished it in 3 or 4 days. This says a lot. First, the book is highly entertaining. A novel that keeps you glued to it, because you need to know what happens next. Second, this book is an easy read, not just because of the action, but because it is written with simple prose. But don't let the author's writing style lead you to underestimat...more
Kyle
Nov 29, 2007 Kyle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like the mafia
Shelves: books-i-recomend
Kyle Toebe
Mrs.Ebarvia
Honors World Literature
11/29/07

The Godfather
“I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom, but I taught her never to dishonor her family”. This is the famous opening quote from Mario Puzo’s novel, The Godfather. It teaches an interesting moral, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. Mario Puzo was born in 1920 into a poor Neapolitan family. He lived in one of the towns in his novel, He...more
Russell
Remember the random tart that James Caan was boning in the beginning of the movie? Who knew that she was such a key character in the book? NOT YOU!
Mimi
Everyone loves a good revenge tale. It satisfies a basic wish fulfillment instinct that's in all of us, and there's a sense of instant gratification that hits you when you reach the point where the tables are turned, gradually but permanently, and then all the pieces fall into place and heads start to roll. This alone is why I like revenge literature, and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in my appreciation for literary karmic retribution.

There are so many types of revenge literature that would fit...more
Sean O'Hara
"The book is always better than the movie" is one of those truisms that people repeat uncritically. But anyone who's widely read knows that's not true at all -- many great movies are based upon awful books. The two most commonly cited examples are Peter Benchley's Jaws and Mario Puzo's The Godfather. Now personally, I don't even think Jaws is that great of a movie, so reading a book that's even worse has no appeal to me. But the supposed awfulness of The Godfather interests me. So when I found a...more
Lynn
If you've seen the movie, than the book is a bit of an after thought and I can't say you are missing a whole lot. If you haven't seen the movie, than you've obviously either just come out from a long stretch in the joint or you've just arrived in your spaceshop from the galaxy of Andromeda. Whichever, stop reading this review and go out and rent or buy Parts 1 and 2. You can wait to watch Part 3 next time it's on cable.

The book is good, but it didn't have the magic that Brando, Pacino and the r...more
Melki
I read this book in tenth grade to impress a guy whose name I no longer remember. He sat in front of me in a class where, I'm pretty sure, I learned absolutely nothing. (I also had a crush on the guy behind me. His name was Greg, and he wanted to start a war with Canada. Another time, perhaps...)
My primary heartthrob had a unique talent - he could surreptitiously spit out of the side of his mouth. (Be still my heart!) One day, the kid who sat beside him, who had the unfortunate last name - Mumm...more
Anirudh
Despite having no love for crime/gangster books, to me, The Godfather is undoubtedly one of the best books ever written. The setting, the characters, the dialogues, it lacks nothing. The thrill and drama build up page by page until you are left wondering if you could ever find another book to match this. If you were reading this book before you slept, the only thought in your mind would be to get up as soon as possible and start reading again.

Truly Spectacular Work.

Corbin
Yes, I know it is not advisable to compare a book to its movie, but the film was so goshdarn brilliant that I can't help but line the two up side-by-side. Honestly, I think the movie was much more calculated and beautiful than the book, which branched off in several dead-end directions.

So far I'm enjoying the background story that the book gives on most of the characters. Sonny seems more despicable in the book than the movie, and I feel like I have a better grip on Michael's separation from th...more
Jared Smith
Don Vito Corleone continues to be a fictional figurehead of the American mafia’s underworld. He is the portrait of a modern mafia boss, despite being thirty five years old and set in the 1940s. The Godfather is about power. Don Corleone’s insatiable desire for power combined with a total refusal to play by someone else’s rules—i.e. the government, created an amiable but villainous Don in control of the greater part of New York City’s underworld. He is heralded as an angel—granting alms, help, ju...more
Hayat
4.5

I knocked off half a star because all the women were one dimensional characters without any substance and also some of the scenes were repetitive. Other than that, I loved this book. It was addictive.

Mario Puzo’s prose might be simplistic but he presents an incredibly thrilling and intricate tale about the Mafia underworld set in the 1940's America which is centred on the Italian American family, the Corleones.



But Don't be mistaken into thinking the women of the family have anything to do wi...more
Lina
I loved this book, which surprised me more than I thought. This book is filled with such despicable characters, but they are so human and compelling that even though they say racist and sexist things I was invested in them.

Everyone already knows the general plot of the Godfather, so all I am going to leave you with is that the book is an even more complex version of the movie. It has more characters, more insight to how they feel and just gives a fuller feeling to this extremely interesting fam...more
K.D. Absolutely
How could anybody rate The Godfather less than 3 (I like it)? It is a classic movie trilogy that has consistently voted as among the Top 10 best movies ever made. The novel it was based from is equally brilliant. I think the appeal of the story is due to the irony of having cruel bastards who have soft spots – putting their families first more than anything else. It is an engrossing read and I remember getting the same goose-bumps I had in some of the killing scenes which were so graphic that I...more
Maya Khan
I wanted to join a gang after I read this book. Seriously I was in a funk and did everything Italian. I even put on a weird accent and quoted directly from the book. I wont say what people thought of it but you get the drift. I was living in the book and that's something, coming from me because I don't really get involved in many books/ movies.. ItWas brilliant! I never knew I'd enjoy such genres so much. I still remember threatening my then boyfriend now my husband, Godfather style! I'm afraid...more
Ray Markey
Jul 05, 2007 Ray Markey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Godfather movie fan
Shelves: alreadyread
If you are a fan of the Godfather trilogy (specifically the first movie) this book is a must read. It will shed a lot of light on the backgrounds of the characters and give you some new insight into the story that you may have missed. Even if you, like I, had seen the movie many times before, sit down with this one and you'll then go back and watch the movie again... then you'll pick up the book again... I bet you will.
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I thought the movie would prepare me for reading this book. Its a favorite of mine, so I knew I would enjoy the book...but I was really taken by surprise with how involved I got with it.

My great and abiding love for Al Pacino blinded me to the real genius of the plot I think, at least to some extent. I automatically assumed my favorite character would be Michael...but I'm not sure that he was. I loved his character, don't get me wrong. There is just so much going on in this book, its hard to na...more
David
Great fun while the action is in New York. Whether flashback with Fanucci or the Don and his sons, NYC is fast, readable and crammed with grizzly gangsters in hats. One of which (Sonny) has a massive cock and steamy sex.

Sicily is ok. Michael's smashed face gets boring pretty quickly.

And then there is California with Johnny Fontane. Dull. It is like being back in "The Valley of the Dolls". Who cares about Johnny's voice or his relationship with his ex-wife? He's Frank Sinatra, apparently. But I...more
Ginny_1807
Best seller di meritato successo internazionale negli Anni '70, continua - meritatamente - a riscuotere l'interesse e l'apprezzamento del pubblico anche grazie alla splendida trilogia, ormai divenuta un cult, realizzata per il cinema da Francis Ford Coppola.
Libro e film, tuttavia, in quanto manifestazione di differenti linguaggi espressivi, sono da valutare indipendentemente l'uno dall'altro; e, a mio avviso, anche frapponendo un certo lasso di tempo tra lettura e visione.
A prescindere da alcu...more
Madhulika Liddle
For someone who's never watched The Godfather (or even clips from it) and hadn't read this book until last week, it might seem surprising that I knew what was going to happen to the horse Khartoum as soon as he was mentioned. Or that the line "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse" was so familiar it made me smile in satisfaction.

But it isn't surprising, because Mario Puzo's The Godfather - first published in 1969 - is such a classic. It's been quoted from, it's been copied, it's spawned fanfi...more
Inés Izal
Una obra maestra.

Ahora entiendo el enfado de mi padre, cuando le dije que con 20 años no había leído este libro, ni había visto la película. Yo misma era la oveja negra y el caín de la familia.
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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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