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The Family by Mario Puzo
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Aug 21, 10

Read in August, 2010

This book makes you want to know everything about the Borgias. It is really well narrated, and the story becomes so intriguing that it is impossible to stop reading. Just as The Godfather, the head of the family (Rodrigo Borgia, later Pope Alexandre VI) is an ambicious and powerful man, who doesnt have any doubts to get rid of anybody who dares to stand on his way. But, after all, he is a family man. He loves his children, specially Lucretia and Giovanni, who seems to be his weak point. Anyway it doesnt stop him from arranging Lucretia's marriages to whom he considered the best alliances to make, and forcing her to obbey him. Cesar Borgia, in my oppinion, is one of those characters you will hardly forget. He loves and hates with the same intensity. He is an innate warrior and fights for the chance to chose his own destiny over his father's plans for him.
The story is based in true facts with a fictional surrounding, and it reveals a great deal of corruption in the Vatican of the Renassaince. It can be a story of betrayal, violence, corruption and crime, but above all, it is a story of love. Love in every gruesome and twisted way, but love after all.
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