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The Godfather (Mario Puzo's Mafia)

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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  212,812 ratings  ·  4,265 reviews
More than thirty years ago, a classic was born. 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 reson ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by NAL (first published 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?"

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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
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Stephanie
The Godfather by Mario Puzo rocks!!

I have watched the awesome movie several times (as well as Godfather 2 and 3) and LOVED it... Finally, read the book and it was worth it! Got a bit more background and color around some of the characters and didn't mind re-visiting the Corleone family!!

I think that most people are well familiar with the plot; therefore, not going to recap it again.

Let's just leave it at - this is a book focusing on bad guys / mafia with a lot of action -- violence, sex, alcohol
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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
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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
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Ahmed

I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.

قد تكون هي الجملة الأشهر فى تاريخ صناعة السينما , ولكن قبل أن ينطق بها العظيم مارلون براندو , كان قد خطها قلم روائي مبدع فى أحد الروايات الخالدة .
الفيلم الذى نادرا ما تجد أحد يكرهه (خاصة لو رجل ) فهو سحر السينما مجسدًا , فله تأثير السحر ومفعوله وبريقه الذى لا يُقاوَم.




قرأت نسخة إنجليزية لهذا العمل من حوالي سنتين , وللحق فهي أكثر القراءات الأجنبية التى استمتعت بها رغم أنها كانت تجربة مرهقة جدا بالنسبة لي , المهم أننا هنا لا نتحدث عن مجرد عمل روائي بل نت
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Matt
I’m sure you’ve had the timeless book-verses-movie argument before. Everyone has. You’re standing at the water cooler at work, and a coworker comes up to you and says “Boy, The English Patient is an excellent movie!” And maybe you say something back like “Michael Ondaatje’s Booker-Prize winning novel is far superior.” At that point, your coworker calls you a “pretentious snob” and you respond with “sewer-dwelling ignorance peddler.” There is some cursing. Maybe someone throws water on the other. ...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
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❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️
Apr 28, 2013 ❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one actually :/:
Recommended to ❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ 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
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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.
Komal

"He doesn't accept the rules of society we live in because those rules would have condemned him to a life not suitable to a man like himself, a man of extraordinary force and character. He operates on a code of ethics he considers far superior to the legal structures of society."

In the span of our reading and being read, The Godfather and I traveled between three different countries. Although, having failed to appear in my favourites' shelf (a promotion still debatable) it most definitely
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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
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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
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Manju
I saw the movie few years ago and loved it. I was unaware at that time that its an adaptation of a book of same name. Courtesy Goodreads I finally came to know of this fact. But still I was in no mood to read the book until my friend Srividya recommended it to me.

There are so many aspects of the book that I loved but characterization simply blew me away. Puzo has given his characters so much depth. Don Corleone, Michael, Tom Hagen, hot-headed Sonny and every other character was brilliant. Corleo
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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
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
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!
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
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Kyle
Nov 29, 2007 Kyle rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Richard Ward
I don't believe in the Mafia. That's a minority opinion, I know. After reading the definitive piece of fiction on it, I'm more convinced than ever that there's no such thing as the Mafia. Yet more than ever, I'm struck by how much the U.S. Government, and other governments, resemble some kind of Mafia, in that they use brute force alone in enforcing their arbitrary and self-serving monopolies, even using some of the same rationalizations to excuse it all. I enjoyed The Godfather. I figure: just ...more
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
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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
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.

Bushra
"المافيا مقدمة قصيرة جداً" >>اسم مناسب للكتاب..
أيهما أفضل عند أخذ الحق من المجرم العدالة البطيئة المماطلة المعتمدة على القضاء والقانون الذي قد لا ينصف الضحية أو الانتقام المباشر باليد?? سؤال لا يمكن الاجابة عنه..
شخصية الدون من أغرب الشخصيات في الروايات التي مرت علي.. قد يكون من المستحيل أن توجد في الواقع شخصية بهذا الشكل ولا أعتقد أنه جعلها مميزة هكذا لكسب التعاطف مع المافيا وإنما ليظهر كيف يتغير الانسان دون أن يشعر أو رغماً عنه هذا موضوع من المواضيع المفضلة بالنسبة لي وقد تناولته هذه القص
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Checkman
Nov 17, 2014 Checkman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the movies and gangster dramas
The proprietor of the used bookstore was very nice. A grandmother, reader and lover of books. We were having a great little chat when I saw the paperback copy of The Godfather . The same edition that sat in my parent's library back during my childhood. I picked up the book. It was in terrific condition for a thirty-nine year old paperback. The price was $1.25. I could afford that. As I placed it on the counter the owner said, "Oh going to read it again?"

"No", I replied. "I've never read it". S
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Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*

"Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family."

The Godfather turned out being much better than I anticipated. Originally being in a long list of books I would "eventually get to," I only picked it up because it was on the floor near me when I was also on the floor organizing the book closet. Needing a break (and being lazy as usual), I decided to randomly start reading the first page. What drew me in wasn't the story n
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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
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Amal 88
" الرجال العظماء لايولدون عظماء ، بل تنمو العظمة معهم "

في كورليون إحدى قرى صقلية المنسية أطلق فلاح النار على مسؤول المافيا المحلي أثناء شجار دار بينهما ، قُتل الفلاح وهُرّب ابنه فيتو ذو الثانية عشرة إلى أميركا خوفاً من عملية الثأر ، عاش الصغير في حي للإيطاليين هناك ونأياً عن الماضي غيّر اسم عائلته لكورليوني ، وأخذ يكسب رزقه بالعمل الجاد . كان فتىً حاذقاً ، قوي الملاحظة ، سريع البديهة ، وبعد سنوات تزوج وأنجب أطفالاً ، ولأن لكل إنسان قدر واحد كما يردد العراب دائماً ، فقد وضع القدر رجل يدعى فانيوس
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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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