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Omerta (Mario Puzo's Mafia)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  7,604 ratings  ·  225 reviews

Mario Puzo spent the last three years of his life writing Omerta, the concluding installment in his saga about power and morality in America. In The Godfather, he introduced us to the Corleones. In The Last Don, he told the wicked tale of the Clericuzios. In Omerta, Puzo chronicles the affairs of the Apriles, a family...more
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Constance Kwinn
All the depth and character development of a Scooby Doo script.
Aug 12, 2009 Ed rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with time to kill and a limited vocabulary.
I had originally classified this as "contemporary literature" among other things. Well, it's not literature. It is a fast moving story with a childish plot, cardboard characters and lots of bloodshed.

It follows the life story of Astorre Viola, a young man programmed to be a true Sicilian. There are sub-plots galore involving his step-father/uncle Don Raymonde Aprile and his three cousins as well as a gaggle of Sicilan and American Mafia Dons and soldiers, a couple bent cops, a conflicted FBI age...more
Mario Puzo selalu identik dengan kisah-kisah mafia. Novelnya yang paling terkenal adalah The Godfather (1969). Sedangkan Omerta (2000) adalah novelnya yang diterbitkan setahun setelah kematiannya. Novel inipun juga berisi kisah para mafioso. Omerta sendiri menurut World Book Dictionary artinya adalah hukum kehormatan Sisilia yang melarang pemberian informasi tentang kejahatan-kejahatan yang dianggap merupakan urusan orang-orang yang terlibat.

Kisah ini dimulai pada 1967.
Saat itu Don Zeno tengah s...more
I finished this book a few days ago and I still don't know how I feel about Astorre Viola.

With Omerta, Puzo re-envisions the Mafia Don in a world where old Mafioso traditions have wasted away. Ideas of honor and nobility, of executing uncompromising and unforgiving justice, of self-righteousness and God or King complexes, have all but disappeared. Things such as greed and unnecessary accumulation of power have now taken their place at the table.

Astorre Viola discovers his roots in those old tr...more
Sudipto Saha
The book lacks the element of suspense (everyone knows who killed the Don), has silly dialogues (when the FBI agent comes to interrogate the aforementioned Don’s family members and leaves after only a couple of questions), promotes delusional climaxes (the final showdown at the macaroni factory where a vast majority of the “bad guys” die) and contains ridiculous circumstances (the Don’s children being okay with his murder). The novel was published after Mario Puzo passed away and I think it had...more
Very entertaining mob novel from the late Mario Puzo. It's got a faster pace than "The Godfather" with less attention to psychological detail. Whereas "The Godfather" was a story with deep characters and emotion, "Omerta" is more of a fun thriller. Puzo writes so well here, it's a full mob drama with all of the slow stuff cut out. It's just bang-bang-bang as it goes through, great stuff. The novel continues Puzo's obsession of organized criminals with honor and corrupt greedy law enforcement but...more
Febyan Kudrat
Haah,akhir yg bagus, walaupun ada sedikit ganjalan.Mengapa Aspinella tidak mati.Dunia begitu abu-abu, tidak hanya sekedar hitam putih.Begitulah dunia yg digambarkan Puzzo dalam novelnya.Seorang kriminal besar yg juga dipuja sebagai dermawan dan penolong sejati. Pahlawan atau penjahat,tergantung dari mana kita memandang.
Fajar Partomo
Prolog: “Omerta” berarti hukum kehormatan Sisilia yang melarang pemberian informasi mengenai kejahatan-kejahatan yang dianggap merupakan skandal orang-orang yang terlibat.

Novel ini adalah novel karangan Mario Puzo kedua yang saya baca setelah The Godfather. Kedua novel tersebut tidak berhubungan sama sekali, hanya saja sama-sama mengambil background kisah tentang kehidupan mafioso. Diceritakan bahwa Astorre Viola, seorang anak kecil keturunan Don Vincenzo Zeno, harus dititipkan kepada salah satu...more
As soon as I started reading 'Omerta', I knew I was going to enjoy it. 'The Godfather' is one of my all-time favourite books, and anybody who has read that, and fully appreciates Puzo’s captivating writing style, will find it just as evident here.

'Omerta' is a coming-of-age story about the son of the last known Don coming to deal with the legacy his father has left in his wake. Set in the late 1990s, after the New York Families had been seemingly brought to their knees, the feeling across Ameri...more
Grāmatu lasīju jau otrreiz, šoreiz tik ļoti neiedziļinājos, vairāk pārskrēju strauji pāri, lai veiktu pāris piezīmes par mafijas darbības aspektiem, kas pausti šai darbā. Autors pats noteikti komentārus neprasa un šis viņa pēdējais darbs noteikti ir tikpat fascinējošs un aizraujošs kā romāns „Krusttēvs”, ko arī drīzumā grasos izlasīt. Pirmoreiz ieraugot nosaukumu, man šķita, ka tā nozīme saistās ar nāvi. Autors rada mafijas pasauli, kas ir piepildīta ar spilgtām un pārsteidzošām personībām, kura...more
Daniel Christian
Jul 27, 2007 Daniel Christian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mafioso...;-)
great book by mario puzo, if you like godfather, you should read this book...a story of mafioso family...what i like about italian mafia is their loyalty to the family, they will do anything for their family even they must kill somebody for that...
This was the last book from the Master of Mafiosi Tales. In Omerta, we experience the signature lucidity in the style of writing. I finished this book REAL fast. The plot just sucked me in. The story is simpler than the intricacies of The Godfather or The Last Don. Its about an Underdog claiming his position in the world that he was destined to be a part of. Don't we all love Underdogs?

When you finish the book, you will feel a "sense of loss" since you know that it will be hard to come across th...more
Barbara Roma
Mario Puzo is great and his writting was so clear and pleasant that I'm looking forward to read all his books. Althoug I expected here something as The Godfather and I was a little disappointed.
Like almost everyone else, I read The Godfather because I had seen the movie; I read this book because I found a used paperback copy for sale cheap, and I had enjoyed the other book. This book is a fun read, but otherwise is a disappointment. The story is a bit hoky, and the main character is some sort of ideal mafioso who doesn't come across as convincing or even interesting. The story seemed very half-heartedly written, and the ending is far too neat. But I did find it entertaining as long as...more
Couldn"t wade thropugh it ... so unlike The Godfather.
Having absorbed The Godfather a couple of years ago, I was really looking forward to Omerta, only to be disappointed in how flat it was. While Godfather had interesting, multidimensional characters who felt like they had proper motivations for their actions, Omerta feels more like a second-rate TV show in the depiction of its characters. They are drawn as simply and as lazily as possible. Their actions feel strange, though I sometimes felt Puzo was straining to do so.

The story also lacked flair....more
Nuning Soedibjo
Omerta mengisahkan tentang sebuah keluarga mafia. Berawal dari Don Raymonde Aprile, seorang kepala mafia yang disegani oleh beberapa grup lainnya, memutuskan untuk mengundurkan diri dari percaturan dunia mafia yang penuh dengan tangan kotor.

Ketiga anaknya; Valerius ditempatkan di West Point, Marcantonio sebagai seorang pengusaha eksekutif jaringan televisi, dan Nicole seorang pengacara di bidang hak asasi manusia (menentang hukuman mati).

Demi melindungi segenap keturunannya, Don Aprile menggembl...more
Omerta tends to get overshadowed, perhaps rightfully, by The Godfather. If you enjoyed The Godfather you will enjoy Omerta and vice versa. It is the third ‘Mafia story’ by Puzo, The Sicilian being the other. Puzo crafted a novel about ‘his favorite’ subject that arguably suited his writing the best. The characters stay with you. You care for them, you try and see all the angles before things take place and you often don’t end up seeing the curveballs which makes it entertaining. If you have a yo...more
Ramakrishnan M
Omerta is a story of Italian Mafia (What else can you expect from Mario Puzo?). There are the usual elements that you expect from Puzo - Sicily, New York, multiple conspirators, 2 generations, et al. Given all the background, this is still significantly different from “The Godfather”. The hero, Astorre, is an interesting character with genuine passion for singing, horse-riding and macaroni business. Of course, he is hand-picked by his foster-father (a respected Don) to handle the family wealth a...more
Baldivenia Perez
“In the stone-filled village of Castellamare del Golfo, facing the dark Sicilian Meditarranean, a great Mafia Don lay dying.” That is the first sentence of the book and already it is interesting. You can see the beautiful view of the village and one wants to know what, why, and how this great Don is dying. Omerta: a Sicilian(not Italian) code of honor which forbids informing about crimes thought to be affairs of the persons involved. The book Omerta, by Mario Puzo, is a fascinating tale of veng...more
Eric Farr
A fan of The Godfather, I attempted to read this book a few years back. I found it dull and abandoned it. I decided to pick it back up while on vacation over this past week. While I finished it this time, I was not much more impressed. The book is thematically directionless, hopping listlessly between scenes at various places, from various perspectives, and at various points in time. The core narrative is that of revenge. There are several characters involved, but they are all fixated either on...more
Stefan Yates
This is the first book by Mario Puzo that I have read and I was pleasantly satisfied. It is also the last book by Mario Puzo to be published before his death.

Omerta (the Sicilian code of silence) is a true Mafia story. The plot centers on Astorre Viola, the son of an elderly Silcilian Don who dies when the boy is very young and leaves his son to be raised by Don Raymonde Aprile as his own in New York.

Unbeknownst to the Don's own children (who have no actual knowledge of their father's business),...more
I really did like this book a lot. It had a lot of violence in it though so would probably rate this with an R simply because of that. There is sex, but only the basic talk and not a lot of detail.

Omerta is the Italian word for Code Of Silence. It is the story about a nephew by the name of Astorre Viola who is trained to take over the family business when the Don retires. No one in the family knows this except for the Don and his immediate friends in the business. Astorre seems to be this weird...more
Dima Yakovenko
"Крестный отец" был гениальной книгой. "Сицилиец" был гениальной книгой, бомба два раза попала в одну и ту же воронку, но в третий раз не попала.
В этой книге нет прекрасных, харизматичных персонажей, сюжет интригует, но не очень сильно. Сцен, хватающих за душу и поражающих, тут нет, как и внятного стиля повествования - события меняются, просто с космической скоростью и что важнее: это мало заметно. Читаешь главу, в ней об одном из героев и вдруг, в один момент, понимаешь - это уже другая страна...more
Thomas Foster
Update - not as good as I'd hoped.

Definitely reads more like John Grisham with elements of Tom Clancy.

The lack of an immersive background really wears after a while.

All in, fairly decent but not great. Neither as bad as The Last Don, nor as good. Not as good as The Family, and not a patch on the Godfather, of course.

Might try the Fourth K as my next Puzo, when I get round to it.


When I first read this on publication it seemed like the weakest of Puzo's mafia novels. More than anything i...more
Justin S.
Omerta, by Mario Puzo, is a rich, passionate book, filled with love and thrill. From Astorre's love, to crime the crime in which he's in, this book gets down to the mean and dirty about the mafia life.
Don Aprile, the loyal family member, and the head of the mafia in Sicily, is retiring and needs someone to take over for him. No one knows why he chose to adopt Viola Astorre, a kid from Sicily, whose mother committed suicide to take over the company, instead of turning it over the family business...more
Setelah berhasil menyelesaikan the Godfather beberapa waktu yang lalu, sebenarnya saya berencana untuk meminjam buku Puzo lain yang saya temukan, Orang-orang Sisilia yang bercerita tentang kehidupan Michael selama tinggal di Sisilia. Sayangnya ketika saya kembali ke rental langganan buku itu tersembunyi entah di mana. Dan sebagai gantinya saya malah menemukan Omerta ini.

Isi dari Omerta ini sebenarnya juga tak jauh-jauh dari the Godfather. Dan karena sudah tahu gaya penulisan Puzo, maka saya tak...more
As a long time fan of Mario Puzo and a lover of his books I was incredibly disappointed in Omerta and found it almost painful to read, in remembrance of his greater past works. All of the things which I love in Puzo's work, his complex characters, depth in plot, vividness of the scenes and settings, the ability to transport the reader into another world, were missing from this book.

The characters were flat, the plot was shallow, and prose was medicare, and the storyline lacked true believabilit...more
Sonny Levine


De Código Omerta nunca voy a olvidar una parte del libro cuando una agenta afroamericana esta investigando el caso, en la familia, y están comiendo en un área común todos los oficiales juntos, y en este caso hay un oficial blanco y un oficial afroamericano, el oficial blanco se propasa de una manera con la oficial mujer afroamericana y ella se da cuenta que su compañero afroamericano no se digno en defenderla, a lo que ella menciona, que los hombros tienden a ayudarse entre si, no por su condici...more
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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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