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Fools Die by Mario Puzo
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Sep 10, 2009

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Read in December, 2009

This book will appeal to a certain audience. The biggest mistake I made was reading it after the Godfather. Without spoiling anything there is not much action, crime or violence. That does not mean it is a bad book. Most certainly, like a good poem, the beginning and end tie in very beautifully perfectly.

In all honestly I was losing interest about midway through. There is no thrilling and complex plot. However what you do get is a piece about interpersonal themes and complex emotions. By the end of the book you begin to understand what exactly it is Puzo is trying to express. This was most greatly done with the first chapter that is later referenced to tie in all the characters and themes. Though long and in need of editing in the second act, it is book that lends itself well to group discussion on a variety of themes including love, self worth, honor and friendship.

To paraphrase one of my favorite quotes for the book "My enemies cannot harm me, but my friends can destroy me.

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