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
GenreFiction, Classics, Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Godfather

  • Brina
    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 Wallace
    The Best! a treasure of a story,plot and movie to keep forever...good storytelling and amazing writing (paperback!)
  • Luca Ambrosino
    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...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    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 Sons, the 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 adulthood.تاریخ نخستین ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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)
  • Fabian
    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 equivalent. He...
  • Mizuki
    “Tell my father I wish to be his son." -Michael Corleone This is the line that won me over!Edited@15/04/2019:GR ate my review!!! I can't fucking believe it!!! *sobs**re-write review is in order.......hopefully.* 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 Mafia.(2) The storyline is intensive, believable and it can keep you at th...
  • MischaS_
    You gotta stop them at the beginning. Like they shoulda stopped Hitler at Munich, they should never let him get away with that, they were just asking for big trouble when they let him get away with that.You know that you are a Czech person when this is your favourite quote/sentence(s) from the whole book. I expected many things from this book because let's face it this book is a phenomenon! But, I didn't know what I will get because I never saw t...
  • Paul Bryant
    Here’s a record breaking novel, but for the wrong reasons.1. I gave it up so fast that I did not have time to list it as “currently reading”. First time that’s happened.2. I did not even make page 30! I mean, I even gave Darconville’s Cat 50 pages!3. But instead of just binning it, I need to warn people about this book, so that means I will have written Three Reviews in One Day! A record for me. Well, I love the (first two) movies like ...
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsI think this is just what I was in the mood for!
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • myra
    This book had me shook. Absolutely amazing. I’m sure most of you have heard of the Godfather because of the movies, they’re a piece of art but so is this book. I highly recommend it!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Saadia B. || Hustle, Bustle and Hurdles
    The Godfather had been on my list for a long time. Having watched the movie I was really looking forward to it. The mafias living in America had their own rules and regulations, which set them apart from one another. They belonged to Italian families who immigrated to America and made it on their own by spreading various businesses and controlling certain areas around the country to sustain their empires.Don Corleone being one of them was among t...
  • Matthew
    This book is good. This book is really REALLY good. This book is better than I expected. Amazing!I have to go watch the movie RIGHT NOW!From the mean streets of New York City . . . to the casinos of Las Vegas . . . to the villas of Sicily . . . the Corleones have got things under control . . . and those who cross them will pay the price.This book has a lot of intrigue, action, suspense, double-crossing - general bad-ass-ery. I will make you an of...
  • Karl Marberger
    This book was very good. Complex and gripping characters with personable motivations light the pages up with the help of exquisite dialogue and delightfully descriptive narrative. A true classic and a great pleasure to read.
  • Erin
    A Masterpiece! I've read this book 3x and each time I love it more and more. The Godfather is what all crime novels should aspire to. That's all I got! I'm not qualified to write a review for this book. Read it and then watch the movies(the first 2 not part 3).
  • 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...
  • Melindam
    A very fitting book to read when all we can do about the corona virus is "going to the mattresses".I was really fascinated with this book when I read it in my late teens. Revisiting this was a really good experience, though the fascination wore out a bit with time, so I am removing 1 star.
  • Lou
    A good read that demands re-read has been long time ago for now.. A good read that demands re-read has been long time ago for now..
  • Chris
    I’d never read The Godfather until this summer. But my lovely bride gave me an early hardcover edition for my birthday, and the whole experience was...Proustian. Almost every passage brought back a memory from my childhood, when the book and movies were omnipresent. I loved it. It’s a classic, and deservedly so.
  • Loretta
    Having seen the movie so many, many and did I say many times before actually reading the book, the actual reading of the book has left a lot to be desired.
  • Em Lost In Books
    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...
  • 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...
  • ❄️ 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...