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Preview — The Godfather Returns by Mark Winegardner
The Godfather Returns (The Godfather Returns #1)
Thirty-five years ago, Mario Puzo's great American tale, "The Godfather," was published, and popular culture was indelibly changed. Now, in "The Godfather Returns," acclaimed novelist Mark Winegardner continues the story-the years not covered in Puzo's bestselling book or in Francis Ford Coppola's classic films.
The book was filled with elliptical references to plot elements that were so vague that I was unable to understand ...more
The biggest issue I have is the id ...more
I don't fully understand this book's transition from the blockbuster film.
The more infamous scenes were removed from the book altogether, or they were told after the fact, or quickly fast-forwarded through. Huh? Everything else is covered slowly in painstakingly clear detail. Examples: Kay's revelation to Michael about the baby (mentioned months after the fact), the kiss of betrayal with Fredo (removed), the attack on the house (after the fact, covered briefly...)
The story is divided he ...more
It picks up the plot when Michael is murdering the Tattaglias and Barzini's along with Tessio, but to me there was no real cause in the novel, such as the original "Godfather" which had as its obvious culmination Michael's crowning as Don. The story really twists and turns too much to be a coherent plot, leading to a confusing storyline aggravated by Winegardner's decision not to disc ...more
This is an okay book, but it's even more of a Roman a Clef than the original. So much so that there's almost no point in reading it if you've read or seen other things about the Mafia in the 20th Century United States.
Most frustrating--and the reason I'm only giving the book three stars--is that the story was divided into five concurrent plots. That's fine, and I gener ...more
He carefully crafted a timeline for two sequels to take place during t ...more
It's a tough act to follow, but somebody had to do it. Writing The Godfather is a job worthy of "Don" Vito Corleone himself, yet the task fell to novelist Winegardner, head of the creative writing program at Florida State University. Critics rarely know what to make of a new author taking over a classic work, and The Godfather Returns is no different. Some call this sequel brilliant, and praise Winegardner's conscientious research, plot clarification, compelling new characters (like Francesca, o...more
My primary problems with this book are two:
First, as I have seen in other novels where a new author picks up where another has le ...more
"The Godfather Returns" describes events that take place between the first and second films, and, briefly, between films two and three. (For those of you who have never read the original novel, t ...more
ceritanya asyik, walaupun dengan gaya yang lumayan beda dari Puzo, tokoh-tokoh baru bermunculan, tokoh-tokoh lama berkembang (*spoiler alert* bahkan diceritakan bagaimana akhirnya Fredo berkhianat kepada Michael, sehingga harus dieksekusi. kayak yang di film Godfather 2 kalau gak salah)
Walaupun diceritakan den ...more