Books | Fiction / Crime
50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION—WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY FRANCIS FORD COPPOLAMario Puzo’s classic saga of an American crime family that became a global phenomenon—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, The Godfather burned its way into our national consciousness. This unforgettable saga of crime and corruption, passion and loyalty continues to stand the test of time, as the definitive novel of the Mafia underworld.A #1 New York Times bestseller in 1969, Mario Puzo’s epic was turned into the incomparable film of the same name, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the original classic that has been often imitated, but never matched. A tale of family and society, law and order, obedience and rebellion, it reveals the dark passions of human nature played out against a backdrop of the American dream.With a Note from Anthony Puzo and an Afterword by Robert J. Thompson
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"I have never had ANY interest in watching The Godfather, but watched the TV show The Offer (mini series drama about making of The Godfather movie- really good!) and had to listen to book. Next up, the movie! It’s been 50 years since this book was published and I see why it’s a classic."
"FIVE STAR CLUB! The Godfather is indeed a classic. I may have a little obsession with organizational crime and mafia type movies so I figured I’d enjoy a fiction novel on the subject. I was instantly hooked and was sad every time I had to put the book down to do some adulting. <br/><br/>My favorite characters were the Don and Mike. They had a calm demeanor, clever, and cunning minds. Jules was also a favorite. He was funny and quick witted, a refreshing character. Sonny was too much of a hothead for me. He had the balls to be in charge and even the brains but he acted too much on his rage. He didn’t control his emotions, they controlled him. What a shame, because everyone feared him. Kay, was annoying. Baby you knew what you signed up for. I feel like it takes a certain type of woman to be the wife of a Mafia boss and she just wasn’t it. <br/><br/>I like that Puzo gave us insight into every main characters story. His descriptions were also incredibly vivid. He crafted a world in which I was drawn into every aspect of it. <br/><br/>My favorite quote from the book (simply because it made me laugh): <br/>“It was not perhaps the warmest friendship in the world, they would not send each other Christmas gift greetings, but they also would not murder each other.”"
"So we’ll written and blows almost every book out of the water with plot and character development. "