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The Godfather by Mario Puzo
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Jun 29, 12

This is one of those rare cases in which the movie is drastically better than the book. The story in the book is fine - essentially the same as the movie - but it never grips the reader. Or at least not me. Maybe it's partially because I saw the movie first, so was expecting the same, streamlined plot, but I was bored by all the tangents the book went off on. Characters who were no more than tangential in the movie were given entire chapters-worth of discussion in the book. Normally, that would be fine, except they were repetitive and boring.

I was also disturbed by the tone of the book. At first I thought the author was just doing a really good job of illustrating the disregard the stereotypical mafia man has for women. Gradually, however, I came to suspect that the true misogynist is Puzo himself. His explict and slang-ridden description of an operation on a woman's reproductive parts convinced me this book was not intended for the enlightened woman's eyes. It is the literary equivalent of the old boy's club. Now, I realize the book takes place in the 1940s, when women's lib was relatively inchoate, but it was the prose, rather than the characters' words or actions, that gave this impression.

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