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What is a family? Mario Puzo first answered that question, unforgettably, in his landmark bestseller The Godfather; with the creation of the Corleones he forever redefined the concept of blood loyalty. Now, thirty years later, Puzo enriches us all with his ultimate vision of the subject, in a masterpiece that crowns his remarkable career: the story of the greatest crime fa ...more
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published October 2nd 2001 by William Morrow (first published 2001)
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Swati No,It is the Borgaria family.A story set in the 15 century about the Pope Alexander IV and his family.The Borgarias were the Dons of Renaissance time.

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Farith
Nov 13, 2016 marked it as never-in-my-life  ·  review of another edition
My uncle gave me this book as a present -an old, used and wrinkled copy. I've tried dozens of times to read this but I couldn't. I just can't get into it. I felt the writing really antique, and the plot didn't catch my attention. Also, every time I tried to read it, I started to sneeze because of the dust of the pages.

Sorry uncle Omar!

Draven
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was on its way to being a 4 or even 5 star book for me when I first began and while I still enjoyed The Family overall, by the end, I could not shake a distinct sense of dissatisfaction.

In the beginning, the book fulfilled all it promised the reader it would be. It was lush with grandeur and decadence. The characters were intricate and detailed, with the specific sort of nuances only Mario Puzo could provide, the nuances that made a reader invest in a character, love them, in spite of
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Morana Mazor
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Odlična knjiga o obitelji Borgija. Mario Puzo desetak je godina istraživao i sakupljao građu za ovaj roman, ipak nije ga uspio dovršiti pa je to učinila njegova partnerica Carol Gino. Radnja prati period "vladavine" Rodriga Borgije tj. pape Aleksandra VI i njegove obitelji koji su svi, na neki način, značajno utjecali na politiku svoga vremena, renesansne Italije. Sinovi Juan, Cesare i Jofre; kćerka Lucrezia svi su oni bili, na neki način "pijuni" kojima je otac upravljao kako bi proširio svoju ...more
Val
Aug 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 i ...more
Justine
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Mario Puzo describes the Borgias as the original mafia family. I have long made it known that Alexander VI is my favorite pope* due to sheer badassery and a reminder of the heyday that was the papacy of yore.

I am torn about a reviewing system that compares books like The Family with The Hunger games and Cloud Atlas. What I'm trying to say is that while books in all three categories are rated on the same five point scale, they really aren't, as Puzo will never (in my opinion) be comparable to Mi
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Joy
May 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the start of the new Showtime series The Borgias, I had to read one of the few remaining books on the Borgias that I own but hadn't read. Mario Puzo was fascinated by the Borgias all his life, and this was his chance to show his own interpretations of each Borgia personality, usually different from the standard views. His descriptions didn't give me the feeling of being there or knowing the characters; Puzo looked at the characters from an over-all viewpoint for decades, and didn't seem abl ...more
CA
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Estoy convencida que no importa lo que Puzo escriba me va a encantar porque disfruto mucho de su forma de escribir. La cosa es que, si bien disfrute de esa parte de la historia, la familia Borgia nunca me a llamado la atención, por lo que disfrutaba lo que estaba escrito, pero no estaba relmente interesada en nada de lo que sucedia.

Habia alianzas y estrategias, personajes eran asesinados, pero a mi me daba lo mismo porque no estaba particularmente interesada por ninguno de ellos. Su final tambi
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Maca Mamone
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La familia Borgia siempre me ha llamado la atención, desde que vi la serie The Borgias me quedé fascinada con la época renacentista y con los miembros de esta familia. Este libro me ha maravillado aún más, por supuesto nos brinda más detalles del contexto histórico, pero además nos mete en la mente de cada uno de los personajes, genialmente construidos, y nos permite conocer sus sentimientos y pensamientos más retorcidos, complejos y contradictorios, como los de todos nosotros. Creo que Puzo, en ...more
Димитър Цолов
Последният роман на Марио Пузо, завършен от неговата съпруга Каръл Джино след смъртта му, доста ми хареса. Прекарах в Ренесансова Италия почти седмица и станах свидетел на шокиращи картини - жестоки убийства с хладни оръжия и отрови, прелюбодеяния и кръвосмешения... Научих доста факти за могъщата фамилия на Борджиите и нейните врагове. Респект Марио, респект Каръл!
Damian Reyes
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Talía
What do I think about this book?
I love it!
I fell in love with it for the very first time I read it, back when I was 17. I cried, I sighed, I got mad, I gasped... I love it so much I had the Spanish version and the English one (now I have none since I lost the first one, God only knows where and when, and I lent the other one to a friend of mine, whom I haven’t seen in two years, therefore he hasn’t returned it to me. Yet. So know I’m Borgia-less)… I digress
What do I love about The Family?
1.- M
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Andrew Breslin
I've read most of Mario Puzo's books, and this does not, in my opinion, compare favorably with the others. It's not bad, but, unlike The Godfather, it didn't fill me with ambitions to become a ruthless gangster, or, in this case, a scheming Pope.

Not that we can really judge Puzo too harshly. He died before finishing this, and I can personally attest to how hard it is to finish writing a book even if you are still alive. I can only imagine it's even tougher when you're dead.

He worked on it for
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Michaela
Apr 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Natalie
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Puzo me uvijek asocira na mafijoze o kojima je pisao pod nazivom Corleone ali da mi netko nije prišapnuo da se ovdje radi o obitelji Borgias, ja bih opet brijala da je to neki nastavak onih prvih likova. Kako sam tražila da mi dođe pod ruku neka priča koja će mi otčepiti krizu ili me primiriti na par sati, meni osobno ime Borgias je dovoljno da probam.
Pročitala sam ju u dan i pol i nemam pojma kaj sam radila u nedjelju, osim da sam se udubila u svijet kakav je bio u 15. stoljeću u Italiji. Rana
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Elizabeth Sulzby
I noticed a number of other reviewers thought this book was not as good as his other books. I found it fully as good (I read his pre-Godfather plus Godfather books) but I was reading it for a different purpose. After reading The Dark History of Christianity and an account of the Vatican papers, I was interested in the Borgias. Since SHOtime has started the cable series The Borgias there are many fictional or historical fictional accounts of this family which included two popes. Puzo's book begin ...more
Liza Martin
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Mario Puzo book, and I think this novel may have cemented an obsession with his books.

"The Family" is a book about a 15th century Roman family headed by the newly-crowned Pope Alexander, who uses his family as pawns in a game of power. However, the story is juxtaposed with what it means to be a family, what love is (in all it's twisted forms), and how one finds his destiny in a world defined by alliances, power, revenge, and loyalty.

This is the original Mafia family.

Though I w
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Jason Golomb
This book had the makings of something special. The Borgias are an original mob family. Instead of owning a territory or even a city...they owned nations and religions. In the hands of Puzo? WOW!

I don't know at which point Puzo stopped writing and Carol Gino picked up. I can only guess that Puzo didn't get very far and/or the editors made a terrible mess of what was left. The story has absolutely no depth, and the characters have even less. The story, if one can call this narrative a 'story', is
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Lou Robinson
I love a bit of historical fiction and this is a book based on the Borgias and life in renaissance Italy. It was a "James's pick", we have decided to choose a book for each other every couple of months. The genre and setting alone probably bumped up the score to 3, as I did enjoy reading The Family. But....it got tedious as the pages went on. A lot of...he killed him and then travelled to the next town and then killed him. Interspersed with some incest and rape. And a bit more killing. You guess ...more
Emerline LA
Cha con giáo hoàng đã chọn được một bối cảnh đầy tham vọng: Italia giữa phong trào Phục hưng, con đường quyền lực của gia tộc Borgia, những cuộc thập tự chinh, những tranh quyền đoạt vị ở Vatican cũng như giữa những thành bang. Đáng tiếc, trèo cao ngã đau, cả hình lẫn cốt đều không xứng tầm với bối cảnh ấy.
(Nói ra thì ngoa ngoắt, nhưng các bạn nhà Borgia trong AC2 còn có chiều sâu hơn trong cuốn này.)
Kathy
Mar 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not for everyone
I'll say it again. Not everyone loves Mario Puzo, but I do. His tales of Italian life and Mafia are intriguing and I've never been able to put one of his books down -- except The Fortunate Pilgrim.
Trina Dienger
I’ve read many biographies of Cesare Borgia and family so I’m knowledgeable about when novels skewer the history behind repair. While the history in most books is adequate the characterizations are poor, especially since most tend to write Cesare off as a psychopath, something that annoys me given I don’t view him in that light.

To view Cesare in the morals of our own period, as is often done, is wrong and ignores everything that makes Cesare great and the Prince Niccolo Machiavelli wrote about.
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Jenny Dawid
Brak mi słów na to, co się działo w tamtych czasach. I chociaż wiem, że sporo z tego zrodziło się w głowie autora, to i tak nie ogarniam.
Superiu
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Directo de mi blog:

Mario Puzo, escribió la novela de "El Padrino" que fue llevada a la pantalla grande como una de las mejores películas de la historia sobre la mafia italiana. Puzo tenía una fijación sobre la historia de la mafia y escribió el libro titulado "Los Borgia" en lo que se narraba el inicio de la mafia como tal, personificado por el papa Alejandro VI, que era el cardenal Rodrigo Borgia de Valencia.

Alejandro tuvo cuatro hijos reconocidos, César, Juan, Lucrecia y Jofre Borgia que como
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Brunhilda
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Segunda vez que leo la novela y no la última, le tengo un cariño especial a esta obra ya que fue la que me leí cuando acabé 2 de bachillerato y antes de hacer la selectividad, y cuando acabé vi claro mi camino: historia. Y es que Mario Puzo junta mis grandes pasiones, la historia y una fabulosa prosa que no deja a nadie indiferente.

Mario Puzo nos retrata la historia de la familia Borgia, familia valenciana que vive durante el Renacimiento en Italia debido al éxodo de uno de sus antepasados, el
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Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
I've been on a bit of a Borgia family high. Season two of the Showtime series ended a little while ago, and I picked up this book to see how much I'd like it considering how much I'm in love with the TV show. And I really liked this book! Obviously, the show and this book are two separate things---as well as the actual history of the family. Some things are similar. Some things are not. And I've not read much factual information about the real Borgia family to form an opinion on which is the mor ...more
Emily Murphy
Note: All of these ratings are on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best.

Quality of Writing: 2
I only found out now that my version of the book (an audio recording performed by Philip Bosco) was probably abridged. That would definitely explain why most of the book was summary. The bits that did have actual dialogue or action were okay, but it only left me more dissatisfied with the parts that were summarized. The audio performance itself was also subpar, adding to the general boredom of the writing s
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Kandice
Aug 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mario Puzo has such a knack for putting you "in" the story. You really feel as if you're a fly on the wall. He worked on, and researched this book off and on for twenty years, and as much as it reads as fiction, the research paid off because it's completely believable. Incredibly disturbing, but believable nonetheless. At his death, the novel was not quite finished, so his longtime partner, Carol Gino, finished it. It's a testament to her skill that I could not tell where Puzo left off and Gino ...more
Caroline
I don't like to speak ill of the dead, so I'll try to make this as short, sweet, and honest as possible.

Mario Puzo clearly enjoyed the Borgia clan almost as much as I do. He clearly put a lot of time and effort into this book. He clearly put a lot of love into "The Family". However, he encounters two very problematic issues.

Firstly, he was completely off-base in his interpretation of the Borgias, and thus he fails to make them effective and interesting characters. Even when he's supposed to be f
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Debashis
Aug 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book's blurb said "Set in Rome in the last few years of the 15th century..". That should have put me off, but I picked it up since it was by Mario Puzo, the Mario Puzo.. One who has enthralled me for years with his 'The Godfather', 'The Sicilian' & of course, 'Fools Die'.

But what a disappointment this one turned out to be! The story goes slower than a snail's place & the same stuff keep getting repeated at regular intervals. The same rivalry within the Catholic Church, the same sche
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Ana  Vlădescu
Now I want to read the second part, but there is no second part. Bummer.

It gives you this feeling of a series, you know what I mean? That feeling that there is more behind that character, and that there are more plots and more betrayals and more of everything in this field, and that it could go on forever and ever in telling you how corrupt and how mean could the Borgia Family be.. but it ends at 400something pages. Bummer!!!!!

It's really well written, and what I like the most about it were ho
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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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“We are a family, and the loyalty of the family must come before anything and everyone else. For if we honor that commitment, we will never be vanquished-but if we falter in that loyalty we will all be condemned.” 58 likes
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