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
ISBN9780451205766
Author
Release DateMar 1st, 2002
PublisherNAL
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Classics, Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Historical, Historical Fiction
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Reviews The Godfather

  • Brina
    2017-06-16
    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 ...
  • Diane
    2015-03-26
    The Best! a treasure of a story,plot and movie to keep forever...good storytelling and amazing writing (paperback!)
  • Luca Ambrosino
    2016-03-08
    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...
  • Kerstin
    2008-03-16
    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
    2008-12-20
    "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
    2014-11-16
    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...
  • Fabian
    2014-02-27
    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 equivalent. Here we ...
  • Ana
    2017-10-13
    “He smelled the garden, the yellow shield of light smote his eyes, and he whispered, "Life is so beautiful."
  • Kaion
    2012-02-04
    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...
  • Mizuki
    2017-10-07
    4.8 'Mario Puzo should have won a Nobel Prize for this book' stars.And aside of the Blackwood sisters from We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, I honestly hadn't met characters as seductive as the Corleone Family for a long time. In fact, this book is just so insanely good! Just like the movie! It's damn near perfection! It deserves all the stars in the night sky! "I would make my escape.... I would be rich, famous, happy." -Mar...
  • Matt
    2015-04-07
    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
    2015-08-02
    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 The Godfather part 2' 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.
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2014-07-11
    The Godfather (Mario Puzo's Mafia), Mario Puzoعنوان: پدر خوانده؛ نوشته: ماریو پوزو؛ ترجمه: آذرمیدخت بهزادی؛ تهران، نشر علم، 1370عنوان: پدر خوانده - ویتوکورلیونه - دن ویتونه؛ نوشته: ماریو پوزو - فرانسیس فورد کاپولا؛ ترجمه: علیرضا شمیرانی؛ تهران، پارینه، 1376عنوان: پدر خوانده...
  • Roxanne
    2008-03-02
    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...
  • Israel
    2008-07-15
    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...
  • Foad
    2014-08-16
    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
    2013-05-13
    "..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...
  • Madeline
    2009-09-04
    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.
  • Lou
    2011-06-04
    A good read that demands re-read has been long time ago for now..
  • ❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄
    2013-03-27
    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
    2016-08-04
    “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...
  • Sonia
    2017-04-18
    2017 PopSugar reading challenge #31 A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than youTenía cierto temor de que el haber visto la película me arruinara un poco la experiencia de leer el libro. Bien, en un principio lo hizo un poco, y por eso lo dejé en pausa, para dejar correr un poco más de tiempo, y finalmente logré disfrutarlo como era debido. Este tema a mí me emociona un poco demasiado y no sé por qué, pero la cosa es ...
  • Nhi Nguyễn
    2015-08-22
    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...
  • Naddy
    2016-10-17
    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...
  • Manju
    2014-12-26
    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...
  • BrokenTune
    2017-05-30
    3.5*Don Corleone put his hand on the man’s shoulder. “Good,” he said, “you shall have your justice. Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do me a service in return.A classic among the modern classics, which I had woefully ignored, I barely even remember watching the film. Clearly, the whole Godfather cult had passed me by.Well, the good thing about the book was that it was fast paced and made for utterly compellin...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    2011-09-29
    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...
  • Xime García
    2015-01-31
    ★★★: Me gustó, nada extraordinario. 2.75 en realidad. Mario Puzo, mis disculpas, es que Solo para ambientar el momento: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9vA7...Son 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"...
  • Hayat
    2013-12-26
    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...
  • Hussein Dehghani
    2016-05-29
    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...