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Omerta (Mario Puzo's Mafia)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  8,876 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Omerta, the third novel in Mario Puzo's Mafia trilogy, is infinitely better than the third Godfather film, and most movies in fact. Besides colorful characters and snappy dialogue, it's got a knotty, gratifying, just-complex-enough plot and plenty of movie-like scenes. The newly retired Mafioso Don Raymonde Aprile attends his grandson's confirmation at St. Patrick's in New ...more
Hardcover, 397 pages
Published 2000 by Ullstein
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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
Constance Kwinn
All the depth and character development of a Scooby Doo script.
It is different from the other of Mario Puzo's writing but I really like it.
Salman Titas
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long time, and since I've never read Puzo before (except for watching the Godfather movies), and I've been eyeing the 'crime' genre for quite some time, so I thought about giving it a go.

Aprille Raymonde, a great honourable Don, a mafioso, a true Sicilian. When the FBI started their crackdown on the underworld, they found no dirt Don Raymonde. Soon afterwards, he turned clean and left the underworld completely, except for a few connections. His sole
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
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
Phil Altimas
This is the story of a mafia Don and how he has engineered a safe future for his family , the intricate way he has schemed to make sure they are protected by any enemies and the American government

This is a great book, well written and really draws you into the world of the mafia. The story makes you want to read more
It does flick between time and places but not in a confusing way

I liked the way the author described the Italian places and people. A great read
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.
Ben Dial
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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
Extremely obvious plot , fails to build any impactful character .
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
Lei Flores
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Easy reading and fun. The strangest thing is that I cared for the main character, which surprised me since he was poorly portrayed. I did not want anything bad to happen to him since he was, in this perverted world as good as one can be, definitely not a villain. I did not judge him for accepting the blood money or killing bad guys since all would do the same, the mafia members, innocent ordinary people, rich people, police, politicians...
In the end, he learned that the important think is to mak
Far less charming and inferior in terms of plot and characterization , this novel by Mario Puzo is still an atempt to foreshadow the Sicilian code of silence. lets the sky fall , but dare not speak about your family , friends or even foes , in front of anyone. A Fine read but still way inferior as compared to Godfather.
This last book by Puzo is relatively an easy and enjoyable read. It dwells on some parts of society and touches on sensitive issues like money, power, greed, corruption, lust, and love.

Puzo once again mixed everything up and allowed the story to boil and explode in the reader's mind. Several subplots and open-ended chapters made the book a page turner. The writing style of Puzo was a classic as it allowed the reader to make up scenes while reading the story.

Although the book still had several s
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...
Nitya Sivasubramanian
I'm not entirely sure why I thought I should read this book, other than the fact that it was the right size to carry on a transatlantic flight.

I'm don't like violence, don't care much about the inner workings of the mob, and honestly, didn't even love the Godfather as much as I know I'm supposed to.

But since I had started the book, I powered through. And I'll admit, I found some interesting characters, but sadly the ones I cared most about died before the novel even really began. At least the
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
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
Mario Puzo is a master of mafia tales. In this saga of betrayal and revenge, Puzo brings in some very interesting characters. A feminist lawyer fighting for social causes, a honourable lawman who has reasons to doubt his honour, twin hitmen, a PhD in psychology with an interesting twist, a man specializing in the art of survival and multiple dons of various cosca. For most part, Omerta keeps us hooked. The problem? I was not able to relate to the motivations of the mafia dons, their definition o ...more
In honesty I'm not a big reader of organised crime related fiction so I can't say how this compares to other books by this author or indeed by others...however I found this book quite gripping with constant twists(that thankfully didn't over complicate things) and decent characterisation.
As I guess in reality all the characters were pretty flawed so you were never really rooting for any one in particular but in many ways that goes some way to help this book as you are never wholly sure who will
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.
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
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
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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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