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Sycylijczyk

(The Godfather #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  18,569 ratings  ·  623 reviews
Michael Corleone po dwuletnim wygnaniu na Sycylię ma wrócić do domu. Jednakże Ojciec Chrzestny obarcza go delikatną misją. Musi przeszmuglować do Ameryki Turiego Guiliano, legendarnego sycylijskiego banitę, który broniąc praw swoich uciskanych i wyzyskiwanych ziomków, ośmielił się stawić czoło nie tylko miejscowym władzom i ściągniętym z Rzymu karabinierom, ale także wszec ...more
390 pages
Published 2004 by Muza (first published November 1984)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) The Godfather is a much better book. IMO, don't bother with this one, just read the original Godfather.
GEORGE it is. as long as he has comprehension skills, a high school student can understand & appreciate this classic read.
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Sicilian, Mario Puzo
New York: Linden Press / Simon & Schuster, 1984 = 1363. Pages: 410, ISBN: 0671435647
The Sicilian is a novel by Italian-American author Mario Puzo. Published in 1984 by Random House Publishing Group (ISBN 0-671-43564-7), it is based on Puzo's most famous work, The Godfather. It is regarded as The Godfather's literary sequel. This novel, though a work of fiction, is based on the real life exploits of Giuliano. In 1987, The Sicilian was adapted into a film, directed by
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Saravana
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For someone who has just got into books and reading a book every ten days,it was too much to swallow.As I began to study the last hundred pages of the novel 'The Sicillian' by the famous Mario Puzo again ,at midnight,I knew I was falling into an ocean of unbelievable storytelling.Finishing the book at 2.00 a.m,i could not sleep for the next hour or so.Turi Guilliano, undoubtedly the greatest character that i have ever read about is just too unthinkable and great to forget with time.Puzo with his ...more
Hasham Rasool
There are lots of characters. I really like this book. It is very gripping to read. Alhamdulillah.
Javed Hayat
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
While The Godfather Trilogy stands out as the greatest Movie ever made (in my humble opinion anyway, I must have watched it a dozen times or more, and would probably do so for the rest of my life), but as far as the books are concerned, The Siclian happens to be far superior to The Godfather.

And I just loved the ending, its probably one of the most heart breaking one you will ever come across, and sadly perfect in so many ways.

Its a must read.
Mark
The writer of the famous Godfather books and script for the two famous movies has written this little tale about the last days of Michael Corleone's days on Sicily where he went after his misadventures defending his families honour.
Micheal gets the job of taking a certain Salavatore Guiliano back with him to the US as this bandits time in Sicily has become untenable and he either dies or moves away from Sicily. This story is not so much about Michael Corleone even if he features in the book for
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Ben
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mario Puzo claims his fame and fortune with The Godfather. He exerts his mastery of writing and storytelling in The Sicilian.

This book offers nearly every addictive literary substance for which the reader's neuro-transmitters scream. Puzo offers action, suspense, national heritage, generational character, moral integrity, filial piety, brotherhood, loyalty, ethical conflict, the power of conviction, and so much more. Turi Giuliano represents the kind of archetypal hero for which every common citizen of ev
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Salman Mehedy Titas
Reading Mario Puzo is a new experience for me, and this is only my second to truly compare it against his own. Neither have I read enough stories in crime-genre to compare it against others of its kind. I hope whatever scant knowledge I have of literature will help me honestly judge the book.

To tell little of the story (if the book can be believed,) Salvatore "Turi" Guilliano was a Sicilian rebel who rose to prominence in the aftermath of the Second World War. His path to rebellion s
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Jevron McCrory
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this a few years ago and completely forgot to review it here.

It's a MASTERPIECE and definitely one of my favourite Puzo novels!

(I had no idea that it was based on fact until after I'd finished it and then I was even more fascinated!)

The bold and unique story (and indeed legacy) of Salvatore Giuliano, Sicily's most daring bandit, is a captivating read. Obviously, much of this must have been Puzo's invention but he does an incredible job of bringing this legend to l
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Toufiq
To my surprise I feel immense contempt for reading a supposedly praised book of Puzo because I actually find it extremely disappointing.

The book being nothing exceptional but a painfully exasperating story about the bold Italian Outlaws and the typical Sicilian Mafia/Mob, makes me insolently demean this story because the plot turned out to be almost a mash-up and rip-off of Puzo's other notable books.

Moreover, after reading the book, scorned I was as a blacksmith without
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Mizuki
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review for The Godfather: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

3.8 stars. As the one and only side-story from Mario Puzo's The Godfather saga, The Sicilian is entertaining and exciting enough. The main character supposedly based on a real historical figure and local anti-hero, the story is charming and realistically-written enough. Although the heroism and the masculinity worshipping can be a bit too much at times, still the story is well written. It's almost like reading those historical dramas by Alexandre Dumas.

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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Many years ago I read The Godfather and enjoyed it. I watched the movie not so long ago for the first time (yeah, I know), and found it well-made. So I was interested in this book, which is kinda-sorta a "prequel" though not really, as it takes place (in a manner of speaking) after Michael Corleone goes into exile in Sicily. Unfortunately, listening to this on audiobook was rather like watching the first Japanese version of 47 Ronin. How can what is essentially an action story be so slow? It is, though. It's too lo ...more
Leslie
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic, cops, action
This book is titled Godfather #2 but if you are looking for a direct sequel to the The Godfather you won't find it here. The author takes a teeny sliver of Godfather canon and expands upon it, like a Godfather what if. But to put it in modern vernacular it would be like if Marvel Studios called Thor Iron Man #2 because Agent Coulson is in it.

And even the most die hard Godfather enthusiast might not like this book that is set almost completely in Sicily. And while Michael, Don Vito & Clemanz
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Vikalp Trivedi
'The Sicilian' is the sequel to the cult classic 'The Godfather' and chronicles the times of Michael Corleone's exile in Sicily . The novel is based on the real life exploits of Salvatore "Turi" Giuliano (spelling was intentionally changed in the novel ) .

The best things I found about this book is that the situations of transformation of "lad Turi" to "bandit Turi" are still relevant . There are numerous stories throughout our nation same as Turi's . The second best thing about the book is its
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Salman Tariq
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ram
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling, Idealistic and absolutely devastating! A chilling portrait of a young idealistic man, killed in the pursuit of his dreams by the very people he yearns to protect. Michael Corleone learns and grows into the murderous brotherhood of the Mafia and learns the merciless truth of his father's regime. A worthy followup to the legendary 'Godfather'
Asghar Abbas
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid tale about idle heroes. A realistic re-imagining of a tragic figure of a romantic past.
Adam
This novel about the Mafia in Sicily is very informative. I have read several other books about the Mafia and how it operates, but this book illustrates this more clearly than of all of them.

Its main hero is the bandit Salvatore Giuliano, who is portrayed rather too sympathetically as a kind of Robin Hood character, robbing the rich to help the poor. Indeed, he is so successful that he treads on the toes of the Mafia dons, and threatens their livelihood. At first the leader of the Si
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Nikos79
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before saying anything else, I have to confess that I 'm very big fan of mafia stuff, when it comes to movies, tv series, documentaries, books etc. I find the topic extremely interesting and intriguing, and almost all times leaves me a great taste and sense of satisfaction. Having said this, it's not a surprise that I loved this book (as well).

Some years ago before reading the Godfather, Puzo's most famous book, I had many doubts about how good could it be, since the movie trilogy is
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Giacomo
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Sicilian is NOT, like some people think, a sequel to the Godfather. It does feature cameo appearances by Michael Corleone and Clemenza, but they are more to tie the story together than anything else. Personally, I found it distracting and unnecessary for them to have been in the book and I felt it would have been a far better book without them.

The unfortunate thing is that it detracted from the real story, and that is the tale of Salvatore Giuliano, the famous bandit of Si
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Harini
The book was brilliant once I got over my initial disappointment. The book was slow paced in the beginning alright but that wasn’t the reason I was disappointed. You see, when I picked up the book I thought it was story on one my favorite ‘Godfather’ characters Michael Corleone with Salvatore Turi Giuliano playing a secondary character. But as it turns out the book is about Turi and Michael is hardly in it.

Once I got over this fact and made peace that it wasn’t a sequel to ‘Godfather’ (unlike the des
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Ram
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The mafia in Sicilia.
A fiction novel that introduces the reader to various aspects of the Sicilian mafia, its ties with the government and the people who live on the fringes of the mafia. I enjoyed reading it, and learnt allot about the history of Sicily and the way this history molded the people of Sicily. Not your usual mafia book, as the main character of the book is an outlaw who rules a criminal empire but is not part of the mafia. Through the description of his life, the reader gets acqua
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Horace Derwent
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
who wants my freedom? me! he who wants to deprive my freedom just takes my life first, but before that he shall kill me and my soul first!
Adrianna
Stopped at 32%

As much as I loved The Godfather, this book was just dull, I wasn't paying attention to anything that was happening in the story :/

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Ramon van Dam
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really interesting book about the mafia (or "friends of the friends") by Mario Puzo. It starts out as a semi-sequel to The Godfather following Michael Corleone's last days in exile on Sicily, but you soon discover that this is actually the tale of the bandit Salvatore Guiliano.

I only discovered after finishing the novel that the Robin Hood like bandit actually existed and that certainly gives it an extra layer. I don't know how true to the facts this story is, but it was grip
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Shrikanth Venne
This book has kept upto it's title Sicilian. This book is about survival, be a antagonist or protagonist who survives wins. This book is about Salvatore "Turi" Guiliano who is a bandit but the Sicilian people love him as he is a robin hood for them. This story is about Tuti surviving against the friends of friends don corce. Who wins it is what the book is about. overall it's a goodread... ☺
Pramod Nair
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, favorites, crime
'The Sicilian' was the book that introduced me to the writings of Mario Puzo and it is an absolute page-turner. Puzo narrates a stunning tale of adventure, treachery, bloodshed, love and justice set in a post-war Sicilian landscape with so much flair and mastery over storytelling.

The book tells the story of a young Sicilian outlaw-hero named Salvatore Guiliano - who is a Robin Hood like figure who climbs to the top of Sicilian criminal hierarchy - and loosely intertwines his tale based on some
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Kate Loveton
Had to force myself to finish this book. Wasn't what I expected. What I expected was a continuation of The Godfather story, but this book centered around a Sicilian bandit in the post WWII years in Sicily. Not very interesting to me.
Tammie
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not difficult to see why Mario Puzo has garnered a cult following even decades after this book, and the Godfather series by extension, was published. His narrative style is an art form by itself; there is something magnetic about his matter-of-fact storytelling that is unpretentious and gets to the point. Puzo is also a master in depicting the archetypal anti-hero and eliciting the reader's sympathy for him. We may not know the real Salvatore Giuliano (whom Guiliano in the book is based on) ...more
Sam
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This was okay. After having loved The Godfather, the first in Puzo's Mafia series, I think there may have been a bit of the second novel blues here.

I just wasn't interested in Giuliano's story, not until the very end when he got involved with the widow next door who was 15 years his senior and then married a 17 year old girl. The last eight or so chapters were the most gripping but The Sicilian for me lacked the intrigue of The Godfather and just didn't ring out to me as much as its
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Jayant Alawadhi
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mario Puzo is such a stylish writer. He is what I call a blockbuster writer. The way he describes the locations in his universe, you just fall in love with those places. He writes like a fan who glorifies his characters to their bone. His tails always have a strong undertone of betrayal which is always heart breaking. At times I used to compare this one with The Godfather but one chapter at the end which consisted of a conversation of Don Vito and Michael and I realized that it was blasphemous. ...more
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