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El padrí (1969)

de Mario Puzo

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The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.… (més)
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    The Sicilian de Mario Puzo (longway)
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    Gem of the prairie : an informal history of the Chicago underworld de Herbert Asbury (ashleylauren)
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    Leopard in the Sun de Laura Restrepo (joririchardson)
    joririchardson: Colombian literature that could be described as "The Godfather" re-written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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    Stiletto de Harold Robbins (ashleylauren)
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    The Pack de C. W. Schultz (GeekyRandy)
    GeekyRandy: No real relevance. Both are about gangsters and comes from a neutral POV. "The Pack" is also obviously influenced by "The Godfather". I love both books, perhaps you will too.
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Who does not know the name Don Vito Corleone? Who doesn't know the infamous "horse head" scene? I haven't seen the movie but even I have known about these details of The Godfather for decades. People just couldn't stop talking about the son who was hung like a horse (speaking of horses).
The year is 1945 and World War II is over. Mr. Corleone can go back to his "olive oil" business, if that's what you want to call it. In reality, this is the story of the Mafia society and all its inner workings. Vito Corleone rules his family from Long Island inside a well fortified compound. Outwardly, he is a quiet, friendly, benevolent, and fair man. He never forgets a debt. Underneath his reasonableness is a ruthless and vengeful gang leader who will stop at nothing to protect his empire of gambling, bookmaking, and controlling the unions. Other "families" are branching out; delving in drugs and prostitution. Don Corleone wants no part of that action but how long can he control business when these vices grow stronger? Even his own sons look like they might betray him. Who will take up the charge and protect the Corleone name? ( )
  SeriousGrace | Mar 29, 2021 |
I must admit I never read The Godfather in my younger days and what a treat I missed. The movie follows the novel very closely with great performances from James Cann as the somewhat unpredictable Sonny Corleone, Robert Duvall “a lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns”, and the unmissable Al Pacino as the quiet, softly spoken Michael his destiny to become the Don. To achieve this Michael proves that underneath his sober exterior is a latent and ruthless ability to decisively order executions in the name and preservation of the Corleone family.

I enjoyed the way Mario Puzo introduced minor characters and we follow their story none better than crooner Johnny Fontane played perfectly by Al Martino as the aging narcissist. The book is a delight and very easy read even a 600+ pages with some wonderful quotes and observations along the way…” a friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults”....”The Don considered a use of threats the most foolish kind of exposure, the unleashing of anger without forethought as the most dangerous indulgence”.......”But great men are not born great, they grow great and so it was with Vito Corleone”....”He had long ago learned that society imposes insults that must be borne, comforted by the knowledge that 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”..........A truly great read that the passing of time has done nothing to diminish. Highly, highly recommended. ( )
  runner56 | Feb 19, 2021 |
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  fmc712 | Feb 18, 2021 |
The United States after World War II. Vito Corleone is the head of one of the five major Italian mafia families that control New York City. When one family tries to enter the drug business and asks Don Vito Corleone for help, the Don kindly but strictly refuses on the grounds that this is not his type of business. This refusal is seen as an affront by the Tattaglia family and they attempt to kill Corleone which leads to a war of the five families. Don Corleone, however, survives and when he recovers he calls for a meeting with the other families to make peace. Not only do the other families abuse that peace to consolidate and enlarge their territories, they also kill Corleone's first-born son and likely successor to the family business. Michael, his second son, is soon about to take over from the aging Don and he plots revenge for his brother's death.

The first instalment in the series, The Godfather relates a captivating tale of the Mafia business in the mid-nineteenth century United States and also sheds a light on the Don's upbringing in New York after he had to flee the town of Corleone in Sicily, Italy. As a reader you get an insight into how decisions are made by the mafia boss who sees himself as an equal to presidents and other heads of state and hence tries to build his own empire with his own rules. What I especially liked about the novel is the way all actions are carefully explained by describing a moral framework that guides the decisions of members of the Italian mafia. The novel, a bestseller itself, has been turned into an Academy-Award-winning movie starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. 4 stars for a good read. ( )
  OscarWilde87 | Jul 1, 2020 |
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The book is a cracking good read. The film sticks pretty closely to the parts of the original story that it wants to tell, but there are two significant (and enjoyable) sections that are not in the film - the adventures of Johnny Fontane in Hollywood, and the back story of Vito Corleone in Sicily and his early years in New York (though I think the latter thread informs the Robert de Niro sections of the sequel film). The book has space to go a bit deeper into the political economy of organised crime, in particular the role played (or not) by the police. It's also a bit better on the women characters (though this is not saying a lot), and has much more explicit sex than I remembered from reading it as a teenager. I can't pretend that it's a very deep read, but it's a very interesting juxtaposition with last year's The French Connection which also looked at organised crime in New York, from a rather different perspective. ( )
  nwhyte | Jun 9, 2020 |
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Puzo, Marioautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bart, PeterEpílegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Bennett, HarryAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Fujita, S. NeilDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gardner, GroverNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Günther, CathrinDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stege, GieslaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Thompson, Robert J.Introduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Wijk, Johan vanTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

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