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The Last Don (Mario Puzo's Mafia)

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  12,605 Ratings  ·  355 Reviews
The last don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless man who is determined to see his heirs established in legitimate society but whose vision is threatened when secrets from the family's past spark a vicious war between two blood cousins.

This is a mesmerizing tale that takes us inside the equally corrupt worlds of the mob, the movie industry, and the casinos - where b
Paperback, 498 pages
Published January 29th 1997 by Ballantine Books (first published 1996)
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Hasham Rasool
It is a good book Alhamdulillah but I prefer 'The Godfather' than 'The Last Don'.

Cross De Lena does remind me of Michael Corleone.

Domenico Clericuzo and Vito Corleone are oppositions because Domenico Clericuzo is a wise and ruthless man who is determined see his heirs established in legitimate society but whose vision is threatened when secrets from the family's past spark a vicious war between two blood cousins. Vito Corleone is a friendly man, a just man, a reasonable man, the deadliest Lord
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
در پشت هر ثروتی جنایتی نهفته است، جنایتی كه فراموش شده و از نظرها پنهان گشته، به این علت که ظاهر آن خوب جلوه داده شده و از راه قانونی انجام گرفته است انوره دو بالزاک

خواندن کتاب را با این تصور شروع کردم که آخرین پدرخوانده، همان داستانی ست که فرانسیس فورد کاپولا سه گانه پدرخوانده را با اقتباس از آن به روی پرده سینما برده است، اما آخرین پدرخوانده داستانی دیگر را روایت می کند. کوچ مافیای ایتالیا به آمریکا در اثر فشار فاشیسم و سازگار شدن با جامعه مدرن آمریکا در عین حفظ ارزش های سنتی خانواده. نویسنده
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Last Don, Mario Puzo
عنوان: آخرین پدرخوانده؛ نویسنده: ماریو پوزو؛ مترجم: حبیب الله شهبازی؛ تهران، افق، 1386؛ در 637 ص؛ شابک: 9643693228؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان قرن 20 م
داستان کوچ مافیای ایتالیا به آمریکا ست
Similar to The Godfather in many ways, it didn't seem to be as tight of a story, but it's been years since I last read it, so I can't say for certain. It wasn't bad, but I didn't like any of the characters as much nor was there as much violence. All in all, it was a west coast version mostly set few decades later, an imitation.

I did get a kick out of the writer character. Quite a bit of time is spent on Hollywood studios screwing everyone on contracts, especially the writers. Net points are drea
Jevron McCrory
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing

This is Mario Puzo at his finest! The characters are beautifully well drawn, the pace is carefully controlled and the climax breath taking!

If only Coppola could turn this into a movie instead of that silly cheap TV cash in, we'd have Mafia GOLD on our hands! Cross De Lena, about the coolest character this side of Michael Corleone! Cooler in fact!
brian lee
Mar 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really not sure why this wasn't made into a movie as well.

classic puzo, one of his best books. if you have any interest in the mafia, the godfather, the sopranos, etc, grab this book.
Horace Derwent
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

better than the tv series, and the tv series was so great(even in it had changed some details)

the chinese title of the series was 最後的黑手黨教父, the last mafia godfather
emily cryptic
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Like most of the others who have reviewed this book, I thought it was much too long. My favorite review so far was simply "too many chapters." But Puzo's problem in this book extends beyond excessive chapters, or length; it's that he tried to write two different stories in one, with too many characters and too little tension. The story about the Clericuzio family is actually quite interesting and well crafted, but Puzo drags out the set-up for 300 pages, finally puts together some genuine plot m ...more
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another Puzo classic. Very good read. Although, one must not get caught up with the scenarios from The Godfather book as it may distract you from appreciating the story and you just might fall into comparing the two novels. that was what happened to me at the start. But, as I went along with the book, I started to appreciate its own plot and development, independent from The Godfather. however, there are just some chapters that are too lengthy and parts that are too boring but rest assured, thes ...more
Peter Molnar
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
"The Last Don" is Mario Puzo at his best, rich with timeless, meticulously constructed characters and twists and brutal turns that made his landmark novel "The Godfather" the masterwork that it is today. His creation of a more modernized Michael Corleone, Cross Domenica, walks the pages of this novel with all of the confident swagger of Sonny Corleone and the righteous indignation of Michael. The glaring difference here is that the Don of this novel, in comparison with Don Corleone, is not nearl ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
I didn't know what to expect when I started this book but I was pleasantly surprised. Just going by the reviews here on Goodreads it seems that people either really like this book or are really disappointed by it. I think the reason the responses are so polarized is that people are basing this book on the Godfather book and movie which is really unfair. Believe it or not, I have never read The Godfather nor have I seen the movie. That may or may not have played a factor in my appreciation of thi ...more
Ayeza Raza
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I know the world will want to kill me for this but I liked this better than The Godfather! Never have I ever wished for there to be movie on a book so desperately as I wished for there to be one based on The Last Don, and I HATE film adaptations of most movies. Also, Cross De Lena - my God! He has to be right up there in my Harem of Hot and Perfect Fictional Men.
Asghar Abbas
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Last book by the last don himself.
Very very well written
Full of surprises.
Loved it, excellent form.
Fredrick Danysh
This is a novel based on a twenty-five year multi-generational effort by a mafia family to go legitimate. It is colored by an old war between two families with a touch of Romeo and Juliet and a fued between two cousins with completely different approaches to life and the family. Just as good as the Godfather.
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-fiction
11/24/16 Through the Night Stig Saeterbakken ***** What an amazing mysterious lyrical dreamy contemplative novel. Unlike anything I've ever read. A man faces his demons in "the house where hopes turn to dust". Wonderful. This book is pretty pulpy (which is a good thing), but the writing quality is awful. I've always been a sucker for mafia things, and there was enough action here to keep things moving along despite the stilted amateurish style. I may read one or two more of Puzo's books, but he ...more
Mar 14, 2017 added it
Similar to the book of the godfather, however, there is no need to read the godfather first. The hardest thing about reading the book is keeping track of all the characters. It is a very good read and I am looking forward to finishing the book. So far, not the best gangster book I have read but it has a lot of competition.
Luka Novak
Jun 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Weak and long-winded. I understand that ever Puzo's book will be compared to Godfather and judged by its standard, but this book is weak even without that comaprisson.

The premise of the book is that Don Clericuzio wants to retire from mafia business and "go legit" and how he does that. In book's opening he announces this intention to the family, wishing that his children, and nephew will start legitimate businesses and their children reap the benefits.

So far so good but then the story splits in
Sudipta Saha
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
The points presented in the succeeding paragraphs limit this review to a mere comparison plotted out against two of Mario Puzo’s best books: The Sicilian and The Godfather.

Beginning with the positive aspects, this novel sees the same level of dexterity in the technique of storytelling as had been present in the aforementioned best two. Examples are seen in the likes of cliffhanging chapter ends and astute chapter beginnings. Alongside this, Mario Puzo provides deep insight into the main characte
Dec 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
Mario Puzo had some good ideas in this book, and I remember parts of it because they were very entertaining. But I have to agree with what some other readers have said. That it was slow and had too many unnecessary chapters. The characters are not really likeable but they're not meant to be. As someone wrote "It is a story of love, lust, loyalty, and betrayal. It reeks of cynicism and violence. It is about a world without integrity where everyone has a price. And it is written with such pace and ...more
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
After having The Notebook before I started The Last Don, I was hoping for a bit of mafia violence to change things up a bit. But it turns out although this is a really thick book hardly anyone dies. It’s mostly about Hollywood movie deals and Las Vegas casinos.

I had read and adored both The Godfather and The Sicilian for their characters, gripping storylines and the crafty way Mario Puzo reveals developments to you. Thus I thought in having almost all of his books on my shelf meant I had a gr
Dec 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 50-books-1-year
Puzo sets up great drama though this book had some real pacing problems. At some point, it felt like the book would go on for almost a hundred pages without really going anywhere. The racism was also hard to read but I've noticed that pattern with his characters from The Godfather though this time it felt more brutal. Also, there is a character from Fool's Die in here.
All in all, not a bad story. He's done better and I will read more but this wasn't a waste of time.
Sep 04, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of mafia stories
Mario Puzo's masterpiece remains The Godfather, but this is still a fun read. The mafia is more contemporary, so it isn't as intense as the heyday, and there's also a lot about the movie industry, about which Puzo undoubtedly learned a lot when the Godfather movies were being made. This is one to read at the pool.
Alessandra Castellani
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fantastic account of how the world of movies really used to work and what is really behind the patinated world of top class actors (producers, writers, make up artists, ecc....) The mafia seems to be living within Hollywood's theathres rather than in a Nevada mansion!
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, literature
Puzzo pinta un mundo de fantasía. Uno sabe que es de fantasía. Pero uno no puede dejar de soñar. La mujer bella (perfecta) el hombre varonil, el dinero a montones. Ah, los suspiros van y vienen, y la boca se hace agua. Buenísimo
Sina Abdi
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
یکی از قشنگترین کتابهایی که خوندم، داستانی جذاب و گیرا، این کتاب برای همه کسایی که میخوان از یه داستان خوب لذت ببرن مناسب هستش
Lameya Amin
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
this book was predictably awesome!!
May 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
This is not great literature. It reads like an action movie. It's easy to see in your head and entertaining, but that's about it.
Yolanda Chacon-riojas
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good read!!! Even wanted to name my son Cross because of this book.
Green Singh
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
But,oh,what a wicked world it was that drove a man to sin.
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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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