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The Godfather by Mario Puzo - Book Review


The captivating, classic must read book

Book Name: The Godfather
Writer: Mario Puzo
Source: Read from library
Total Pages: 595
Language: English
Genre: Fiction/ Crime & thriller


'The Godfather' is one of the best classic novels written by Italian American author Mario Puzo. This book was first published in the year 1969. Later, it was adapted in the form of a movie starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. This movie is one of the must-watch classics of all time.

Plot Summary: 

'I'll make him an offer, he can't refuse.' said by Vito Corleone, This dialogue needs no introduction.

The book is set in the context of United states of America in1950's, after the period of world war II. The narration opens up with the wedding of Connie Corleone, daughter of Don Vito Corleone 'The Godfather', the head of one of the most powerful Mafia Family in New York.

Don Corleone is a man of his own; in spite of embracing the dark society,  he believes in friendship and is always ready to help those who accept his friendship.

'He had last ago learned that society imposes insults that must be borne, confronted by the knowledge hat in this world there comes a time when the most humble of men, if he keeps his eyes open, can take his revenge on the most powerful. It was this knowledge that prevented the Don from losing the humility all his friends admired in him.'  

All of his illegal businesses run under the name of the olive oil business. Things turn nasty when Don Corleone rejects the offer of Virgil 'Turk' Sollozo, who plans to overtake the power by giving lucrative profit in drug trafficking. Don Corleone is shot by Sollozo's man 'Button'.

The failed  assassination of  Sollozo makes Don bedrid and creates new challenges in front of his elder son 'Sonny' Santino Corleone, who is infamous because of his anger. His wrong decision creates chaos in the Corleone empire. The other son of Corleone, Freddie is too weak to enter the business. Then this book follows the transformation of his other son Micheal Corleone from being a civil citizen, who never accepted his father business to become a ruthless Don of Corleone family. He has many challenges ahead like searching the assassin of his father, destroying the rival gang and making the Corleone family on the top by earning respect.

With the present events, this book takes you back in time to depict how the migrated Sicilian Vito become the ultimate Don. With the various twists and turns, this book ends with surprising suspense.

There are many characters in this book, like Tom Hagen, Jhonny Fontane, Tessio, Clemenza, Kay Adams, Lucy Mancini, Luca Brasi, Carlo Rizzi which help to develop the story interestingly.

Writing style: 

Amazing description, amazing characters this book runs with the first and third person narrative. The font size is a bit big so the book runs to 595 pages but this book can be read with pace. When I bought this book I thought it is a classic book and the language would be difficult but to my surprise, the language is super easy. So no wonder this book still connects with the reader even after four decades. The use of the words like 'Consigliere' add an Italian touch to the book.

My perception: 

This is a worth reading book and instantly became my favorite. The family values, the friendship values, the rules and regulations of Mafia world, the impeccable narration is something which makes this book an ultimate classic. The character Vito Corleone is something which can inspire you and make you admire his tactics to survive in the illegal world. Each and every line makes you read further and urges to flip pages. This is a story of a man who has suffered from fate and entered in the world which he never wanted to be a part of. Overall, this is a must-read book for every bookworm !

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