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The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  

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One of Simon Kernick's favourite books.

The ultimate gangster book and yet this is not just a story of the mafia in the 1940’s but also a story about family. Don Corleone, The Godfather, is a powerful, dangerous and devoted man. He is likeable despite the dark dealings he is involved with and this is what makes for such a great character. Quite simply a brilliant book.

August 2010 Guest Editor Veronica Henry on The Godfather...

A sense of family is always important to me in my books, and you don’t get a bigger sense of family than with the Corleones. Puzo does three dimensional characters and moral dilemmas better than anyone, and there are so many iconic moments – horse’s heads, sleeping with the fishes …

If you like Mario Puzo you might also like to read books by R. J. Ellory, Roger Jon Ellory and Mark Winegardner.

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The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Tyrant, blackmailer, racketeer, murderer - his influence reaches every level of American society. Meet Don Corleone, a friendly man, a just man, a reasonable man. The deadliest lord of the Cosa Nostra. The Godfather. A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking forty years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder and family values is a true classic.


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The narrative bowls along... to keep readers turning pages all the way to an explosive showdown. * Daily Mail * Here is all the classic material of Mafia mythology... spins a spell all its own * The Times * The Godfather, one of the most entertaining and absorbing popular novels of the postwar period... Puzo's masterpiece -- Robert McCrum * Observer * A splendid and distinguished blood saga of the Cosa Nostra, the American Mafia, and of the whirl created by five families of mafiosi at war in New York * Sunday Times * Puzo's genius was to create a world so thick with personality and acknowledged rules of behaviour, along with its crime and violence, that reading his books becomes a seriously guilty pleasure * New York Post *


About the Author

Author of numerous bestsellers, the classic chronicler of the American Mafia, and scriptwriter of the Superman movies, Mario Puzo died in 1999.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd July 2009

Author

Mario Puzo

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Author's Website

www.mariopuzo.com

Publisher

Arrow Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
608 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780099528128

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