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The Godfather [Download] ➵ The Godfather Author Mario Puzo – Thomashillier.co.uk The Godfather—the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenonAlmost fifty years ago a classic was born A searing portrayal of the Mafia underworld The Godfather introduced reader The Godfather—the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenonAlmost fifty years ago a classic was born A searing portrayal of the Mafia underworld The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction the Corleones and their powerful legacy of tradition blood and honor The seduction of power the pitfalls of greed and the allegiance to family—these are the themes that have resonated with millions of readers around the world and made The Godfather the definitive novel of the violent subculture that steeped in intrigue and controversy remains indelibly etched in our collective consciousnesspenguincom.

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About the Author: Mario Puzo

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.



10 thoughts on “The Godfather

  1. Brina Brina says:

    Mario Puzo wrote The Godfather a book that was to become an instant classic at a time when both his personal life and that of the United States were in transition Puzo's first two novels had not sold well and he was almost penniless A young up and coming author Puzo sought to write his version of the great American novel that would also work well on the silver screen Meanwhile in a time of war the nation was beginning to view the mafia rather than Cowboys as the great American hero According to afterward author Peter Bart America's perception of the mafia as positive citizens is what allowed Puzo to thrust The Godfather into the forefront of American society As someone who has never experienced the award winning film starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino Don Corleone and the world he created were new to me Vito Corleone had immigrated from Sicily to New York in the early 1900s and after a few lucky breaks uickly established himself as one of the leaders of the crime underworld Using his olive oil import business as a cover to make himself look like a law abiding citizen Don Corleone's empire grew through his connections with politicians police and other officials Along with his consigliere and caporegimes Corleone instilled respect and fear into those who dared go against the most powerful mafia family in the nation Being a mafiosa has its costs however Corleone's wife through forty years of marriage was never able to be his eual partner The mafia and everything that went with it was kept secret and separate from family life Crimes split apart families forged both likely and unlikely alliances and one never knew who he could trust Despite the awe with which people viewed the Don even he did not feel safe outside of his self made mall fortress on Long Island As a result even his wife daughter in law and especially son in law were kept out of the business that was to remain for all times in the family The one protagonist who uestioned the function of the mafia yet never wavered in his support of his family was the Don's youngest son Michael A war hero and Dartmouth educated Michael Corleone desired that his future children and grand children would be lawyers bankers maybe even the president rather than have to go into the family business Rather than marrying a Sicilian girl he chose as his life partner a New England Yankee named Kay Adams The two experience unconditional love yet even Kay an Ivy League educated woman of the baby boom generation is not told everything that occurs within the business Like his father before him Michael Corleone differentiates his marriage from his place in the family business As a Chicagoan I always associated the mafia with Al Capone the top Italian crime lord of the city Viewed in a negative light Capone alone was responsible for outsiders negative perception of Chicago for many years Even Puzo and Don Corleone view Capone as an outlier a crazy who is not invited to be part of the national network of Dons In Don Corleone Mario Puzo has created a persona who shifts people's views of the role of the mafia While there might be killings in revenge on occasion the Don assists his people in a time of need in the role of an inner city Italian Robin Hood Some of the activities may be illegal yet they are overlooked as even rival crime families view Don Vito Corleone with nothing but the utmost respect and reverence Following The Godfather's debut on screen Mario Puzo never again rose to a high level of prominence He was known as an extension of the character he created and often asked to impart words of wisdom on the Don's behalf After three seuels including the second part which also garnered awards Puzo's ground breaking work lead to generations of mafia and crime family movies most recently the Sopranos Yet there would be no Tony Soprano if Mario Puzo had not created Vito Corleone and his world changing people's views of the mafia I rate this captivating game changing novel 45 stars AfterwardAfter viewing the movie for the first time I am impressed how closely it stuck to the book down to the minutest detail For a three hour movie the scenes moved uickly leaving me captivated and on edge I found the acting to be stellar especially Don Corleone himself Marlon Brando Even if Puzo's other novels did not receive as high ratings I am looking forward to The Godfather Part II Puzo and director Francis Ford Coppola indeed made a perfect team and left Americans with a true classic

  2. Luca Ambrosino Luca Ambrosino says:

    English The Godfather ItalianoNew York 1945 The Italian American boss Vito Corleone during the celebrations for his daughter's wedding agrees to meet some Italian emigrants that ask for his help Thus begins Mario Puzo's masterpiece whose movie adaptation made Marlon Brando's interpretation of Don Vito famous With a simple and straightforward style Puzo manages to masterfully describe a series of intricate and temporally shifted events involving the reader and maintaining high levels of suspense It comes out the best cross section of the Italian American subculture never done before and probably never eualedThe wisdom of Don Vito Corleone is disarming it arouses feelings of respect also in the readers making the godfather one of the most charismatic characters everVote 9New York 1945 Il boss italo americano Vito Corleone durante i festeggiamenti per il matrimonio della figlia acconsente a dare udienza ad alcuni emigrati italiani che invocano il suo aiuto Inizia così il capolavoro di Mario Puzo la cui trasposizione cinematografica ha reso celebre l'interpretazione di Marlon Brando nei panni di Don Vito Con uno stile semplice ed asciutto Puzo riesce a descrivere in maniera magistrale una serie di eventi intricati e temporalmente sfasati coinvolgendo il lettore e mantenendo altissimi i livelli di suspense Ne viene fuori il miglior spaccato della società italo americana mai fatto prima e probabilmente mai eguagliato in seguitoLa saggezza di Don Vito Corleone è disarmante suscita rispetto anche nei lettori rendendo il padrino uno dei personaggi di finzione più carismatici di sempreVoto 9

  3. Diane Wallace Diane Wallace says:

    The Best a treasure of a storyplot and movie to keep forevergood storytelling and amazing writing paperback

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Godfather Mario Puzo's Mafia Mario PuzoThe Godfather is a crime novel written by American author Mario Puzo Originally published in 1969 by G P Putnam's SonsThe novel details the story of a fictional Mafia family based in New York City and Long Beach New York headed by Vito Corleone The novel covers the years 1945 to 1955 and also provides the back story of Vito Corleone from early childhood to adulthoodتاریخ نخستین خوانش دوازدهم ماه جولای سال 1992میلادیعنوان پدر خوانده؛ نویسنده ماریو پوزو؛ مترجم آذرمیدخت بهزادی؛ تهران، نشر علم، 1370؛عنوان پدر خوانده ویتوکورلیونه دن ویتونه؛ نویسنده ماریو پوزو فرانسیس فورد کاپولا؛ مترجم علیرضا شمیرانی؛ تهران، پارینه، 1376؛عنوان پدر خوانده؛ نویسنده ماریو پوزو؛ مترجم حجت الله سلیمانی؛ تهران، جاده ابریشم، 1377، در 40ص؛ شابک 9646225322؛ عنوان پدر خوانده؛ نویسنده ماریو پوزو؛ مترجم محمد پورفر؛ تهران، نشرگستر، 1388، در 465ص؛ شابک 9789645544896؛ عنوان پدر خوانده؛ نوشته ماریو پوزو؛ مترجم جبیب الله شهبازی؛ تهران، نشر افق، 1388، در 748ص؛ شابک 9789643695729؛ چاپ دیگر 1395، در 600ص؛عنوان پدر خوانده؛ نویسنده ماریو پوزو؛ مترجم منیژه اذکایی؛ تهران، نیلوفر، 1395، در 580ص؛ شابک 9789644486975؛ پدر «ویتو کورلئونه»، با شخصی در دهکده درگیر میشود، و آن شخص به مافیا شکایت میبرد؛ پدر حاضر به زانو زدن در مقابل کدخدای محلی مافیا نمیشود، و او را در حضور مردم به قتل میرساند؛ یک هفته بعد نیز، جسد خودش را پیدا میکنند؛ تفنگچیان مافیا به دنبال «ویتو»ی جوان، به پرس و جو میافتند، چرا که احتمال میدهند، که «ویتو» بعدها به خونخواهی پدر برخیزد؛ اقوام «ویتو»ی دوارده ساله نیز، او را مخفیانه به آمریکا میفرستند؛ ؛ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 14061399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  5. Matt Matt says:

    “‘Tell me the truth Tom how many men do you figure the Don killed or had killed?’Michael askedTom Hagen turned away ‘I'll tell you one thing you didn't learn from him talking the way you're talking now There are things that have to be done and you do them and you never talk about them You don't try to justify them They can't be justified You just do them Then you forget it’Michael Corleone frowned He said uietly ‘As the Consigliere you agree that it's dangerous to the Don and our Family to let Sollozzo live?’‘Yes’ Hagen said ‘OK’ Michael said ‘Then I have to kill him’” Mario Puzo The Godfather I’m sure you’ve had the timeless book versus movie argument before Everyone has You’re standing at the water cooler at work and a coworker comes up to you and says “Boy The English Patient is an excellent movie” And maybe you say something back like “Michael Ondaatje’s Booker Prize winning novel is far superior” At that point your coworker calls you a “pretentious snob” and you respond with “sewer dwelling ignorance peddler” There is some cursing Maybe someone throws water on the other That’s the argument It is great fun and an eminently worthwhile way to spend the moments God gives us The Godfather is a great example of this type of debate Which is better? Mario Puzo’s bestselling novel or Francis Ford Coppola’s Academy Award winning film? The answer is both Or neither They are the same Not just the same extremely high uality but almost literally the same If I were an alien visiting earth I would believe it if someone told me that Puzo’s The Godfather was actually a novelization of Coppola’s movie I assume if I were an alien visiting Earth the topic of movie novelizations would eventually arise That is not the case of course Puzo’s novel was published in 1969 Coppola’s film came out in 1972 and spawned two seuels one of which is worth mentioning At this point The Godfather legacy is so pervasive that I feel like my job is done Even if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie you probably know all the plot points character beats and one liners There’s nothing to say However since I get paid by the word I’ll keep going The Godfather tells the story of the Corleone family They are typical American strivers who immigrated from Italy started a business selling olive oil and are part of the Mafia The patriarch of the family – the Godfather – is Vito Andolini Corleone a distant and reticent man of near omnipotent powers He is surrounded by three sons hotheaded Santino Sonny; weak and obedient Frederico Fredo; and young World War II hero Michael who when the novel opens has never been part of “the family business” The family’s consigliere or advisor is the Irish American orphan Tom HaganThe novel – like the film – opens with the wedding of Don Corleone’s daughter Connie This is an excellent device for introducing on the main characters their roles within the hierarchy and the Don’s far reaching power I could spend all day comparing the book to the film I promise I won’t But I’d feel remiss if I failed to mention how much time is spent on a character named Lucy Mancini This is one of the big differences between book and movie In the film we see her for a second – she is the bridesmaid with whom Sonny has sexual congress In the novel she is treated like a major character even though her plot arc has nothing to do with the central narrative And do you want to know what her plot arc is? I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying that it is a pelvic floor problem Sonny you see was the only man with enough manhood – so to speak – to satisfy Lucy Puzo for reasons lost to history decides to devote an entire section of the novel to Lucy’s pelvic floor surgery I’m not making this up I’m not clever enough to make this up The precipitating event of The Godfather is the attempted assassination of Don Corleone by an up and comer named Virgil “the Turk” Sollozzo who was mad at the Don because the Don didn't join him in the heroin business Don Corleone’s wounding puts Sonny in charge and draws Michael into the family business I don’t need to continue with a plot summary If you’ve seen the movie you know what happens next If you just came out of a long hibernation I don’t want to spoil anything It is worth noting despite the comparisons I can’t help making to the movie that this is a standalone piece of uality fiction The characters are unforgettable from the central figure of Don Corleone himself who is given a lengthy flashback section familiar to fans of The Godfather Part II to secondary characters such as Luca Brasi a sort of Sicilian Keyser Soze whose very name terrifies people and Johnny Fontane a Frank Sinatra stand in given his shot at stardom by the Don The plotting is excellent The story is propulsive This is the kind of book that needs to be taken on a long plane trip because it really passes the time I had to stop reading it at bedtime because it burned away my Zzzuil haze The writing especially the dialogue – which has become part of American pop culture – is excellent And worth sharing For instance the Godfather has some Godfatherly advice on the value of friends“Friendship is everything Friendship is than talent It is than government It is almost the eual of family Never forget that If you had built up a wall of friendships you wouldn’t have to ask me to help”There is also some excellent guidance on the importance of a personal touch “You shouldn’t let that broken jaw influence you” Hagen said “McCluskey is a stupid man and it was business not personal”For the second time he saw Michael Corleone’s face freeze into a mask that resembled uncannily the Don’s “Tom don’t let anybody kid you It’s all personal every bit of business Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal They call it business OK But it’s personal as hell You know where I learned that from? The Don My old man The Godfather If a bolt of lightning hit a friend of his the old man would take it personalThat’s what makes him greatHe takes everything personal Like God He knows every feather that falls from the tail of a sparrow or however the hell it goes Right? And you know something? Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult So I came late OK but I’m coming all the way”Coppola’s films resonate because they play on the hoary old tropes of the American Dream The Corleone family is the archetypical immigrant clan that comes to the United States and makes good The sly subversion of course is that they make good by controlling the unions and bookmaking In the film it’s easy to get behind the Corleone family as the “good guys” while the other Mafia families are the “bad guys” You cheer for Al Pacino because he’s Al Pacino “Hoo ah” At the same time the film’s moral compass – Diane Keaton’s Kay Adams – is given the role of wet blanket nagging and prying and generally taking time away from the kinetic scenes of gangland mayhem There are elements of that theme in Puzo’s novel but I found the main thread here to be much darker brooding and far less certain that all these people we’ve followed are worthy of the attention Puzo opens The Godfather with a uote from Balzac “Behind every great fortune there is a crime Then he sets out to give you Exhibit A He certainly baits you into siding with his protagonists early in the novel By the end however he makes clear that the Corleones are not heroes but criminals and that there is a price they’ll have to pay for everything that they’ve done

  6. Kerstin Kerstin says:

    I'm one of the people who watched the whole movie trilogy and then after that found out that The Godfatherexists as a novel Naturally I had to purchase it It is a matter of taste I suppose but next to the movies so elegant and grandiose it feels a bit like reading pulp fiction Maybe it's that the book is lacking the presence of charismatic Hollywood giants Marlon Brando and Al Pacino whose legendary performances rival those of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind It's hard to tell I did feel like the story tended to lose focus once in a while in the middle of the excessive subplots concerning the graphicly described sex lives of Johnny Fontane and Lucy Mancini But I understand that at the time the subjects of pornography and death especially together were very controversial and obviously helped a lot with the sales as the author Mario Puzo himself admittedAnyway the great thing about the book is that the Corleones are all in there of course; the whole main gang And they get you hooked on everything they do Classic storytelling at its bestThe Godfather is basically an age old tale about power passing between generations precisely from father to reluctant son We have the kingdom of Don Vito Corleone and his three princes There's the rash and impulsive Santino Sonny the dim witted but soft hearted Fredo and the handsome and idealistic Michael Vito also has a neurotic daughter called Connie and an adopted son named Tom Hagen Who's German Irish btw and works as a lawyer in the family businessDon Vito is a very powerful and respected wise old man He is known for his hospitality and seemigly benign reasonable nature He grants people favors and he is such a master of his game that even brutal monsters like Luca Brasi have sworn loyalty to him In short he makes you an offer you can't refuse Because in case you do be prepared to find a dead horse's head in your bedThe magic of The Godfather story lies in the fact that it is told entirely from the inside Which enables us to care about and relate to characters who in real life would be considered despicable as people It's like an exclusive peek into the closed world of a genuine Italian Mafia family And we look into this world from a viewpoint similar to the one of Kay Adams the only outsider in thereVito Corleone makes his living mostly through gambling and prostitution and staying true to his old school methodssays no to drugs Which is why the other Dons in the New York area decide that he is slipping and it is time to eliminate him The night Vito is shot it is his youngest son Michael who shows up in the hospital Michael is an interesting isolated character He announces proudly that he doesn't want to have anything to do with the family business and backs this up with his actions Everything he does is different from his family he goes to college joins an army to fight for America and plans to marry a girl who doesn't carry a drop of Italian blood in her Kay He starts out as a hero that night saving his father's life by moving his bed to another room and standing guard on the hospital stairs displaying ualities bravery calculative and cool head under pressure etc that make him an apparent heir to the throne When the Corleones work out their revenge strategies Michael suggests that he should be the one to kill their enemies Virgil The Turk Sollozzo and the corrupt police captain McCluskey who has assaulted him with a heavy punch in the face Against all odds he ends up executing the two men in an Italian restaurant during one of the most thrilling and suspenseful scenes ever created Having done away with the immediate threat to his family he is then in danger and needs to go into exileWith Michael's trip to Sicily the narrative perspective shifts and the story becomes his He travels through the land of his forefathers and discovers the terrifying and bloody history of this beautiful place the birthplace of the Mafia He seeks to connect with his roots by marrying a beautiful local girl called Apollonia But blow after blow is delivered to him in there; first with the news of his brother Sonny's murder at home and then with the tragic death of his innocent wife and unborn child through the explosives planted in his car Everywhere Michael goes death follows him Once he returns to America he is no longer the man he used to beMichael's transformation from a young war hero to a ruthless Mafia boss is both fascinating and devastating And in the end we feel a deep sense of loss because we've witnessed a man with so much potential for good and a bright promising future simply sell his soul and go to hell Was it the result of his decisions or just unfortunate circumstances doesn't even seem to bear real relevance in here the story plays it out as an inevitability as if it was always his fateMichael is not the only one left to pay for his father's mistakes in a rather biblical manner either all of Vito's children do in their own ways poor poor FredoThe late Mario Puzo has said that The Godfather is first and foremost about family than anything else But how much a person would do for their family or how much it would cost them to betray their family are not the only issues it brings up Layers upon layers upon layers of meaning emerges as the story unfolds uestions that never find answers unless you're the actor Tom Hanks who's convinced that all of life's uestions can be answered by The GodfatherIt somehow manages to authentically reflect the everyday operations of a criminal empire be a character driven psychological drama a tale of immigrant experience the backstory of Vito's arrival to America and a study of Italian American lifestyle all at the same time While being structured as a modern myth No wonder it's so popular

  7. Kaion Kaion says:

    Indeed dear reader I did not hate The Godfather I h aa ted itHow much did I hate it? Well I could start with a long dissemination of Mario Puzo's simplistic and repetitive prose Puzo seems to think the reader needs a reminder of plot points that occured ten pages ago and that unnecessarily drawing out an obvious reveal by splitting it up into three points of view counts as suspenseOr I could give you a thorough cataloguing of how very poser y The Godfather with its bombastic ideas of masculinity and supposed gritty crime plotlines And yet for moral convenience the only people we see the Corleone Family harm are fellow mobsters they are at war with and somehow the Corleones are never the instigators or else terrible human beings who are child molesters I'm not kiddingI have an essay on my hard drive about how the worship of this book and the character of Vito Corleone is misguided as he better represents the utter failure of the American Dream and its corruption of true values that is if one takes Puzo's vision seriously at all which one really shouldn't as it is just another weak attempt at the myth of the Single Man as well as obviously only prodding history for hopefully salacious material rather than having an insight into the timesAnd I could talk on forever about the greatest myth of Puzo's history is his adherance to the Madonna Whore view of his female characters only slightly amended specifically in Puzo's case to the Long Suffering Wife Whose Willingfully Ignorant Devotion To Her Husband Is Only Matched By Her Spiritual Devotion To Praying For His Soul and the Body of which there are two subtypes the Vagina Woman Who Only Exists As A Sexual Object and the Victim Woman Who Exists As A Punching Bag Usually For Plot Device PurposesBut really that would involve spending time about thinking about this truly wretched book and really just thisThere's a whole character in this book a secondary character who gets several chapters devoted to PoV who is defined by her gaping vagina Yes literally Her whole character is about her large vagina We get a whole decades spanning arc about her large vagina because really what else could possibly be riveting about any woman? What other possible characteristics could any woman have that would be important than that?Do I really need to say ?It was this or an haiku about watching the pages burn but I don't believe in book burning and I could never top Bradbury anyway so this is what you get instead

  8. Manny Manny says:

    Come inAh Don Corleone I'm sorry to trouble you Sit downThank you Don Corleone Where is your mother from?I'm sorry?Your mother she is from Italia Which town?The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons

  9. Fabian Fabian says:

    Mario Puzo creates his awesome world then plays with his own elements those of detective noir and mob drama like a world class chess champion Less than a fourth into the narrative POW the Don has been shot And hold on a sec who is the protagonist here? I thought Michael Or the Consigliari Hagen Or Hollywood heart throb Johnny Fontaine? The full display of individual destinies is what makes this better than its cinematic euivalent Here we see flesh and blood people living at a Hadean level system of business ethics and family morality included Anyway the novel's true nature is the nature of the universe the interlinking of good evil natural of itself 392 Masterful As close as there is to a SOAP OPERA for MEN The need for reinvention as well as the necessity to keep things in line with tradition are explored fully Interesting to note are the general absence of Fredo the omnipresence of Johnny Fontaine the Hollywood sex parties in detail and how's this for risué appropriate to the season Best Actor Best Actress in public sex plus invaluable insights like the entire Book V largely absent from the beloved film as bizarre as sexual readjustment surgeries and as natural as mob allegiances in Vegas This is pure entertainment decadence for the reader at full throttle This is a classic train of portraits of a kingdom in steep decline of its vindication and revolution rife with those beloved Shakespearean precepts like corruption revenge fate

  10. Mizuki Mizuki says:

    “Tell my father I wish to be his son Michael Corleone This is the line that won me overEdited15042019GR ate my review I can't fucking believe it sobsre write review is in orderhopefully Here is a few reasons why I put The Godfather in such a high place 1 The characters are entirely seductive likable and engaging despite most of them being Mafia2 The storyline is intensive believable and it can keep you at the edge of your seat for almost a whole book3 It's one hell of a great family saga and you can actually see the 1950s post war Italian community in the USA of that time4 OkayI'm not amused by how female characters got shoved into tiny boxes of being obedient wives mothers and daughters whilst men make all the decisions but for the awesomeness of the story I can forgive this flaw5 Talking about men making all the decisions the entire story is masculine in an amazing way which actually shows the male main characters' worldview it also shows us a group of men surviving reacting and actually finding susses and revenge in the harsh world they live inMore to come

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