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The Godfather [Format Kindle]

Mario Puzo
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The story of Don Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia family, inspired some of the most successful movies ever. It is in Mario Puzo's The Godfather that Corleone first appears. As Corleone's desperate struggle to control the Mafia underworld unfolds, so does the story of his family. The novel is full of exquisitely detailed characters who, despite leading unconventional lifestyles within a notorious crime family, experience the triumphs and failures of the human condition. Filled with the requisite valor, love, and rancor of a great epic, The Godfather is the definitive gangster novel.

From Library Journal

Diehard Godfather fans play second banana to no other subculture in their obsession with the minutiae of Puzo's novel and Coppola's films. These dedicated fans will be most disappointed by the new audio version, although perhaps only an hour of material is missing, but casual aficionados will barely notice the abridgment. Missing are the subplot involving Sonny's mistress, Lucy Mancini, and Dr. William Kennedy and the descriptions of the regional Mafia chieftains that precede the commission meeting at which Don Corleone flushes out Don Barzini as his number one rival. Actor Joe Mantegna does a fine job throughout, largely resisting the temptation to put on voices for too many of the characters. However, this cannot be said for his Don Corleone. Perhaps it is vengeance: after all, Andy Garcia, as the late Don's nephew, Vincent Mancini, put the hit on Mantegna's Joey Zasa in Godfather III, but whatever the reason, Mantegna gives Corleone a raspy falsetto-imagine the Pillsbury Doughboy with a tracheotomy-that ranks as one of the worst Brando impressions ever. Also, Puzo's chilling ending in which Kay converts to Catholicism with the hope of saving her husband's soul is inexplicably transformed into a chamber-of-commerce-style bromide about the family's new life in Nevada. Still, the popularity of Puzo's novel 27 years after its publication makes this abridgment a must-have.
Adam Mazmanian, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 726 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 468 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0451205766
  • Editeur : Signet (4 octobre 2005)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0022Q8CSC
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A riveting classic 21 janvier 2012
Par Te
Format:Poche
It becomes clear after watching the movie before reading the book that The Godfather novel is better than the movie even though I rank The Godfather movies as one of the best ever. This saga about Corleone Family, gives the best definition of the mafia genre than all the written works that may be known. The character development is unrivalled, the plot is marvelous, the pace is fast, the setting is engrossing and with the complex though fascinating lessons contained within the lines, one gets something close to a catechism. I think that is why Francis Ford Coppola did not have to alter much in the story to produce the movies.

"Behind every great fortune, there is a crime," Wrote the French novelist Balzac. This quote is the forerunner to The Godfather. It takes a short while into the novel to realize that The Godfather transcends being just a novel. Many readers have confessed that it altered their perception of life after reading it. It certainly is a classic with the most influential and deep-cutting influence on the minds of its readers. This novel presents us with the uncommon code and workings of the Mafia. It also explores the lives of the people who are directly or indirectly involved in it. Throughout the novel, one is forced to view Don Corleone as a very good bad man.

Mario Puzo's The Godfather is rich with wide-ranging characters as well. There is Don Corleone's first son-the short-tempered Sonny, Fredo the weak-minded second son, Michael the reluctant son with his father's steel-mindedness who ends up to save the family and Connie the baby sister who follows her impulses all the time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The original one ! 28 décembre 2012
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
The original book that has inspired the whole movies story.
You can feel the Italian and the Mafia spirits all along that book.

Up to you to read now...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the godfather 15 octobre 2011
Format:Poche
This book "The Godfather" has a great english language and depicts the american life well enough. It is truly about the godfather and mafia, and also about lawyers, movie stars, and other different american things like plastic surgery "made in america" etc. Great book for those learning english language and for those who want to see american life and possibilities with elite eyes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 classique 16 septembre 2014
Format:Poche|Achat vérifié
Un classique et dans sa version originale.
un très bon moment qui nous replonge dans l'ambiance aperçu dans les films
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Awaken the DON in you! 1 septembre 2002
Par Vijay Krishna - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
The Godfather is, in many ways, not just a novel - it is an experience, after which your life will never be the same again. I have not the least of doubts in calling it 'the best, most influential and deep-cutting that I have ever read.' In its sheer departure from being just a general, run-of-the-mill tale about idolizing a particular individual, the novel presents to us with a ringside view of the workings of the Mafia, and more importantly, the lives of the people who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.
The novel starts off with a quote from Balzac - "Behind every great fortune, there is a crime." That, in effect, sets the tone for the entire novel. Mario Puzo, the author, ruthlessly captures the travails of a New York Don, Vito Corleone, who is, to quote the words of his son, "not a crazy gunning mobster", and his family.
Puzo presents to us an entire array of different characters - be it the short-tempered Sonny, or the dreary undertaker Bonasera, or the ever-faithful Luca, the cool-headed Tom, the 'Turk' Sollozzo, or the pleasant outsider Kay Adams, each character enters our world, refusing to leave. We are impressed by most of these essentially evil people because the story is told in an entirely closed world (of crime) and so we tend to love characters whom we would, in the normal course, detest.
The novel is, basically, about just two persons, Don Vito Corleone and his son, Michael, who after refusing to accept his father's ways, finally comes to terms with the reality and takes up the 'family business'.
Puzo shows us why he is the great author he really is! The character of the Don pervades our thoughts more than most (or almost all) other fictional characters do. Though the nature of his business is violent, the Don is portrayed as a genial, kind and reasonable man. To say the least, the Don is someone whom `every son will look for in his father, every woman will look for in her husband, and any mortal will look for in an inspirational leader.' In fact, the Godfather is what every man aspires to be - a strong, powerful and wise yet cunning genius and family man.
I have not read a better novel - chances are, you won't either! Do not miss the Godfather movies too.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Intriguing. Spellbinding. 3 novembre 2003
Par D. Mikels - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
I first read Mario Puzo's THE GODFATHER three decades ago, and the impact it had on me was overwhelming. Here was a rare novel that hooked the reader from the very first page, a novel to be savored and absorbed by the author's grim yet masterful prose.
Through the pages of this book the reader is introduced to the shadowy world of organized crime--more importantly, to the fiercely interdependent workings of the mafia. Deeply embedded in its Italian heritage, it was a culture of unspeakable violence, but it also fostered family, honor, community, loyalty, friendship. Vengeance. If you are downtrodden, or unfairly victimized, all you need do is approach one of the "families" and request a "favor." Proclaim your devotion and friendship, the favor will be granted. And then--even though it may never happen--you must be willing to return the favor.
Or suffer the consequences.
Puzo's novel brings to life the Corleone family, headed by its aging patriarch, Don Vito Corleone. In post-World War II New York, Corleone faces a changing world, but he is still plagued by the relentless "turf wars" with the other major families. Intense pressure is brought to introduce narcotics to the list of "services" provided by his family--pressure that Corleone emphatically resists, to the bleak detriment of first himself, and to those he loves. The subsequent development of the story--of the Corleone's strategy, of the emergence of one of the Godfather's sons to perpetuate the family's power and considerable clout--is spellbinding.
Few novels of the last thirty years have had any lasting effects on our cultural lexicon. THE GODFATHER is one of them. Highly recommended.
--D. Mikels
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Read You Can't Refuse!!! 21 septembre 2003
Par chris meesey Food Czar - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
Not many works of fiction can claim to have significantly changed the face of American culture; Mario Puzo's classic novel The Godfather is surely one of those. Look at the evidence: This book (and the wonderful cinematic counterpart) reintroduced the gangster as an American icon. It helped to spawn entire new genres in fiction and films. (Some critics suggest there should be an entirely new designation for this genre and have dubbed it "The Eastern".) Of course, it introduced that classic catchphrase "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." Finally, it introduced one of the great heroic criminals into literature in the person of Don Vito Corleone (a character reportedly based on Puzo's own mother). Yes, it is true that the movie and not the novel must take much of this credit, but this work is hardly the two-star pulp trash that a few misguided critics have made it to be. It's solid all the way through, particularly the fabulous portrayals of the ruthless gentleman Don Vito and his family, epecially the sons: hotheaded Sonny (whose penchant for needless violence proves fatal), cowardly Freddie (who is spooked by the Don's near-assasination and runs away to Las Vegas), and, most memorably, cool, reserved Michael (who, in the end, proves a tactical genius truly worthy to be called his father's son.) Also, don't forget the fabulous cast of supporting characters: singers Johnny Fontaine and Nino Valenti (read: Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin), and the many minor players such as Luca Brasi and Amerigo Bonserai, who literally owe their very existence to the Don's generosity. And the women!!! Such marvels of strength, tenacity and character presented in blindly obidient Connie, questioning Kay, and the Don's own wife, who knows much more than she reveals. Her tutoring of Kay into the Sicilian way of life ends the book on a high note. Puzo makes these character studies work because he gives each person his own little spotlight; by chapter's end, you know why each one has chosen to become a family member or confidant. The chapters showing the Don's rise to power, subsequent fall, and rebirth are the highpoints of the book, as the newer, more ruthless families seek to destroy the Corleone's sacred honor by forcing them into trafficking drugs. Yes, in the end, it is Michael who prevails, but the action is so good that the climax is not spoiled by knowing the outcome in advance. The reader will want to visit this novel time and again for it's unique perspectives on honor, justice, and The American Dream.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Book As Fine As The Film 20 mars 2000
Par Hank Robbins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Before I even realized that there had been a book, I was an avid fan of The Godfather and loved the characters of Sonny, Michael, Vito, Lucca Brazzi, Peter Clemenza, and the other unforgettable faces that made the film great. Then, one day I came upon a first edition of the novel at an antique shop and bought it. I read it quickly (the book travels at a breakneck speed) and with much relish, and when I was done I was satisfied. The movie was good, but the novel was BETTER. Puzo's Corleone family is a well-illustrated, clearly defined group, each member with his own strengths and weaknesses. The storytelling is gripping, the dialogue brilliant, the characters charming. Puzo, in addition to the main bent of the story, delves into the shady side of old-school Hollywood and makes an interesting read of it. For any lover of the Godfather saga, this book is a must read. Check it out, and enjoy!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A masterly novel, underrated by too many; brilliant. 3 juin 2013
Par Anne Rice - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Just finished a complete word for word re-read of "The Godfather," and once again left the book in awe. --- I do believe that it is a vastly underrated novel, in terms of pure literary accomplishment, and that is unfortunate. Few books I've read contain such a compelling narrative, such a rich and lavish vocabulary and so much skilled presentation of character and circumstance. ----- The novel works as literature on all levels. --- What made it a blockbuster? I am still intrigued by that question. Undoubtedly, it was the combination of a true family saga with the genuine backstory of organized crime. --- Stories of families -- of how they come to define themselves, and how they manage to survive -- are always potentially powerful. And this is a story of an American immigrant family with a remarkable twist. As for being the backstory of a great criminal organization, the book appeared at a time when America was more hungry for the "backstory" of its villains and heroes than ever before. Today we take all those backstories for granted. We're used to the comic book monster who weeps or the vampire who pours out his soul or the gangster who makes us cry when he's shot. But when this book first appeared, the love of the backstory of the cliched villain was just developing, and the hyper-intimacy of the Godfather's portrait of thugs and murderers was stunning. It was genius of Puzo to take the Italian Mafioso gangster, so often the heavy in novels and and TV and films, and tell the tale from his point of view, and the points of view of those who surrounded him and admired him, or even loved him -- his family, criminal associates and intimate friends. With his profound insider knowledge of the Italian Mafia, Puzo revealed biographies, vignettes, customs, sayings, and "insider thinking" of undoubted authenticity to bring his novel fully alive. --- Speaking of the Don as a great man, or a genius, without the slightest compunction to hedge his bets morally, Puzo outrages and yet fascinates. And his compassion for his created characters is endless, as he probes for the humanity in almost all members of his huge cast, no matter how unappetizing the person might seem when first introduced. --- As for the structure of the novel it is very simply brilliant. Puzo keeps talking, keeps revealing, keeps explaining, keeps filling us in on this world of his as if it were in fact reality and he was merely answering our questions as he reminisces. ---- Indeed the absence of a tight structure sometimes seems to enable him to make this a page turner of near unfathomable power. ---- There are lessons to be learned in this book for any novelist, I think, no matter what that novelist's aims. ---- I can't recommend the book enough to all. Read it for pleasure, read it to learn about writing, read it to enjoy the profound story behind the dazzling Coppola films. Read it to gain perspective on a certain time and place in American cultural development. Doesn't much matter. It is such a great book that it will never disappoint. And don't fail to note the beauty of the writing, the often graceful and lovely phrasing, and (again), the powerful and flexible vocabulary used so effectively over and over again to bring to life characters, moments, visual scenes. A treasure. I suspect this book is taught in some literature classes now. It will surely be treasured as literature in years to come. It was never just a "pulp" novel. And no one should ever dismiss it as such. When I finished it yesterday, my latest used hardback copy was filled with notes, underlining, little flags. I was so sorry that I had come to the end. And all I wanted to do was start reading it all over again.
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