The Godfather by Mario Puzo

The Godfather

The Godfather—the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenon.Almost 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 ...

Details The Godfather

TitleThe Godfather
Release DateMar 1st, 2002
Number of pages448 pages
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Historical Fiction, Classics, Novels, Drama

Reviews The Godfather

  • Kerstin
    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 Ga...
  • Manny
    "Come in.""Ah, Don Corleone, I'm sorry to trouble you -""Sit down.""Thank 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)
  • Ahmed
    I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.قد تكون هي الجملة الأشهر فى تاريخ صناعة السينما , ولكن قبل أن ينطق بها العظيم مارلون براندو , كان قد خطها قلم روائي مبدع فى أحد الروايات الخالدة .الفيلم الذى نادرا ما تجد أحد يكرهه (خاصة لو رجل ) فهو سحر السينما مجسدًا , فله تأثي...
  • Stephanie
    The Godfather by Mario Puzo rocks!!I have watched the awesome movie several times (as well as Godfather 2 and 3) and LOVED it... Finally, read the book and it was worth it! Got a bit more background and color around some of the characters and didn't mind re-visiting the Corleone family!!I think that most people are well familiar with the plot; therefore, not going to recap it again.Let's just leave it at - this is a book focusing on bad guys / ma...
  • Diana
    if u haven't read this please do...a treasure to keep forever
  • Kaion
    Indeed, dear reader, I did not hate The Godfather. I h-aa-ted it.How 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 suspense.Or I could give you a thorough cataloguing of how very pose...
  • Fabian
    Puzo creates his awesome world and then plays with his own elements (those of detective noir and mob drama) like a world-class chess champion. Less than 1/4th 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 equivalent. Here we s...
  • Matt
    I’m sure you’ve had the timeless book-verses-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 p...
  • Hasham Rasool
    It was a very good book. Alhamdulillah. I can't wait to get The Family Corleone and The Sicilian books.My favourite characters are Vito Corleone/Godfather and Michael Corleone.The Godfather and part 2 of The Godfather movies were awesome. The Godfather part 3 was pointless! The only part I actually enjoy watched The Godfather part 3 was 15 minutes before at the end of the film.
  • Israel
    The epic masterpiece of mafia fiction. Puzo is good and entertaining elsewhere, here is great and masterful. It is to mobster books what Godfather parts 1 & 2 are to mobster movies...a standard that can never be equalled. What really intrigues me about Puzo's presentation of the Corleone family, and something that does not translate as explicitly to the screen, is the incredible sense of moral and religious conviction that what they do is right a...
  • Roxanne
    I absolutely loved this book! This book started my long running obsession with Mafia. The Godfather is one of the best pieces of literature ever written. Mario Puzo paints this elaborate picture of the Sicilian mafia through the eyes of Michael Corleone, a returning Marine Corps hero who at first wants nothing to do with the elaborate crime family that his father has built.Don Vito Corleone, an Italian immigrant who goes from poverty in Little It...
  • Foad
    خنده دار است كه تا بيست سال پيش شبه روشنفكران ما، با چه چيزهايى پز مى دادند! با ديدن فيلم بن هور، ئى تى، جنگ ستارگان، فيلم هاى عامه پسند هاليوودى كه مخاطبشان نوجوان هاى پانزده ساله بودند! يعنى به عبارت ديگر، به دليل عقب ماندگى فرهنگى عمومى، هر چيزى كه...
  • Jr Bacdayan
    "..for Justice, we must go to Don Corleone." In a world where laws are broken, where the government is only a puppet, where murder is routine and safety a rare thing, Don Corleone holds all the strings. He is the avenging angel, the thief in the night, the protector of the poor, the warrior of the wops, the ultimate puppeteer. He is the loving father, the faithful husband. He is the Godfather. Don Vito, Sonny, Fredo, Michael, Tom, Clemenza, Tessi...
  • Lou
    A good read that demands re-read has been long time ago for now..
  • Samra Yousuf
    So this is this........A well-packed crime fiction of 69s pend by Mario Puzoand a Classic-thriller they say....An unreachable mafia World of Don Corleone,built on the sweat and the blood and the grit borne over his long and tumultuous lifetime, rests in the hands of his children. Santino, the angsty, quixotic hot-head; Fredo, the fickle, weak-willed sapling; Tom, his adopted son of German-Irish descent, who despite his irrevocable love for the Do...
  • Madeline
    New Brilliant Future Career Idea: mafia wife. Think about it - all you have to do is cook, have some babies, and go to Mass once a day. Sure, I might have a hard time learning to never ask questions about anything, but I could always get a hobby to occupy my time with. At the very least, being a mafia wife would give me tons of free time to finish The List. It's win-win, really.
  • ❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄
    The Godfather by Mario Puzo...Gimme one reason why there was NO CAT IN THE BOOK???But they added one in the movie, huh. So, the Godfather is this guy:Most loved him, I didn't so I'm not going to talk about him. But his ideals are kinda cool. “Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family."“Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold.” “A man who doesn't s...
  • Sidharth Vardhan
    “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.”"Behind every successful fortune;There is Crime.”"The lawyer with the briefcase can steal more money than the man with the gun.”“We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.” "Time erodes gratitude more q...
  • Ana
    “He smelled the garden, the yellow shield of light smote his eyes, and he whispered, "Life is so beautiful."
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Godfather (Mario Puzo's Mafia), Mario Puzoعنوان: پدر خوانده؛ نوشته: ماریو پوزو؛ ترجمه: آذرمیدخت بهزادی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر علم، 1370عنوان: پدر خوانده - ویتوکورلیونه - دن ویتونه؛ نوشته: ماریو پوزو - فرانسیس فورد کاپولا؛ ترجمه: علیرضا شمیرانی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، پازی...
  • Naddy
    I wanted to read this book from very long time and I had the paperback for almost 6 months on my shelf. Recently I met one colleague, she told me she had read Godfather like bible day and night and she had read it like 5 times. And she said you read it once and I can vouch your life will never be same. I was sure this book is masterpiece but wasn’t sure it has that much impact on people’s live. To start my own experience….How can you imagin...
  • Xime García
    ★★★: Me gustó, nada extraordinario. 2.75 en realidad. Mario Puzo, mis disculpas, es que Solo para ambientar el momento: pocas las veces que leo el libro después de ver la película y en un 90% de los casos siempre digo, SIEMPRE como filosofía de vida, que "el libro es mejor".Me he topado, por supuesto, con excepciones.Este es uno de los casos más nombrados cuando "la película supera al libro"...
  • Nhi Nguyễn
    Cuốn tiểu thuyết này của Mario Puzo thực sự là một tuyệt tác, một tuyệt tác kỳ vĩ và hào hùng về một trong những đại gia đình mafia nổi tiếng nhất tại Mỹ thời hậu chiến tranh thế giới thứ 2. Tất cả mọi thứ được viết trong “Bố Già” (tựa gốc tiếng Anh: “Godfather”), tất cả mọi nhân vật được tạo ra, mọi chi tiết, câu thoại, diễn bi...
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  • Hussein Dehghani
    رمان پدرخوانده، کل فیلم اول و قسمت های جوانی دان ویتو کورلئونه (با بازی رابرت دنیرو در فیلم دوم) را در بر دارد. باقی فیلم دوم و فیلم سوم در کتاب نیستند و فیلمنامه های پدرخوانده ۲ و ۳ با مشارکت ماریو پوزو نوشته شدند. در اینجاست که تفاوت ها با نگاه پوزو م...
  • Hayat
    4.5I knocked off half a star because all the women were one dimensional characters without any substance and also some of the scenes were repetitive. Other than that, I loved this book. It was addictive.Mario Puzo’s prose might be simplistic but he presents an incredibly thrilling and intricate tale about the Mafia underworld set in the 1940's America which is centred on the Italian American family, the Corleones.But Don't be mistaken into thin...
  • Manju
    I saw the movie few years ago and loved it. I was unaware at that time that its an adaptation of a book of same name. Courtesy Goodreads I finally came to know of this fact. But still I was in no mood to read the book until my friend Srividya recommended it to me.There are so many aspects of the book that I loved but characterization simply blew me away. Puzo has given his characters so much depth. Don Corleone, Michael, Tom Hagen, hot-headed Son...
  • Adam
    It is a sin to watch the movie before reading this book! Well written and full of power, lust, and violence! Also implicates very strong family ties! My kind of fiction! Some favorite quotes from this book..."Why did you go to the police? Why didn't you come to me first? "I understand. You found paradise in America. You had a good trade, made a good living, the police protected you and there were courts of law and you didn't need a friend like me...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    This book supplied the words "Don" and "Mafia" to Indian languages. Now, a cartel of land-grabbers is a "Land Mafia"; there are illicit liquor traders who run "Spirit Mafias" - in Kerala, there are even gangs who do illicit extraction and sale of river sand who are called "Sand Mafia"! Similarly, any two-bit gang leader in the city is called an underworld "Don". Verily, Vito Corleone must be turning in his grave.However, it shows how much we have...